Warren Village exists so low-income single parent families can achieve sustainable personal and economic self-sufficiency.
Located in the Denver's Capitol Hill neighborhood, Warren Village was established in 1974 when citizens and business professionals saw an influx in the number of single parent families struggling to subsist. These community members wanted to build a program that would give these families a chance at economic independence.
One of those community members was Dr. Myron Waddell, a physician who worked in Denver's inner city during the 1960s. Along with others in the community, he conceived Warren Village after observing an increasing number of single parent families and accompanying high rates of poverty, family violence and homelessness. An active member of Warren United Methodist Church, Dr. Waddell envisioned an "intentional community" of single parent families who could live in a safe and decent temporary home while working toward self-sufficiency. Over a period of nearly ten years, Warren Church bought eight plots of land, razed the existing buildings, and donated the land for the creation of an urban village.
"I didn't expect to be in the situation I was in, but I'm grateful that we had Warren Village to support us and give us the opportunity to have a better future. I would tell other single parents - 'Someone is there too, going through the same things you're going through. The road may not be easy, but we can do it together.'" - Gifty, Alumnae (2011)
"Warren Village has given us a place to call home. All the staff has been extremely helpful and accommodating. You can tell they love the work they are doing." "I'm looking forward to staying involved with Warren Village. The community they create is great and I can't wait to give back." - Polo, Alumnae (2014)
"I wouldn't be here today if they hadn't given me a place to stay and a chance to know myself and, most importantly, to push myself to meet and exceed expectations." - April (2011)