(September 13, 2014) – Warren Village has been celebrating their 40th Anniversary throughout 2014 – and the celebration culminated with a block party. Hundreds of current and past residents, board members, staff and community leaders were on hand to enjoy festivities that included live music, food and giveaways.
For four decades, Warren Village has enabled more than 4,300 low-income, single parent families to improve their quality of life. In 1974, when citizens and business professionals saw an influx of single parent families struggling to exist, they came together to create an “urban village” with safe, temporary housing where these families could live while they got back on their feet.
Today, homelessness and poverty persist in the Denver metro area, with families representing more than 62 percent of the homeless population. “As we celebrate 40 years of service to the Denver community, we recognize the continued need for our services,” said Warren Village President/CEO Sharon Knight. “Warren Village remains dedicated to our work to end the cycle of homelessness by providing single parent families the tools and resources they need to better support their families in the future.”
One of the many former residents who were in attendance at the block party was Jill Farquhar – now a successful professional in the Denver area. She expressed her appreciation for the role Warren Village played in her life, “Thirty-three years ago circumstances brought me and my infant daughter to this building and this child care center. I want to express my gratitude to the vision of the founders.”
With live music and performances by the Evergreen Chorale and the Schoolboys and a surprise flash mob, the festive atmosphere was the perfect way to mark 40 years of bringing hope and transformation to children and single parents.