Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
The singular purpose of Warren Village is to create opportunity and community to empower formerly homeless, low-income, single-parents to change the trajectories of their lives and achieve sustainable personal and economic self-sufficiency. We accomplish this through three integrated programs: safe and affordable housing, quality early education and childcare services, and self-sufficiency programming that includes onsite post-secondary education, career counseling, and life skills courses. Residents are primarily single mothers between the ages of 21 and 29 with one child under the age of five. Less than 50% are employed when they arrive, and 100% are homeless or unstably housed. Many have experienced domestic violence against themselves and their children, and all have experienced the trauma that comes with poverty and instability.
Warren Village is responsive to the stress that poverty and familial instability can inflict on parents and their children. The Family Services team at Warren Village meets the needs of the residents they serve by providing advocacy, referral services, and coaching. Each resident is required to commit to creating goals, maintaining a full-time activity of employment and/or higher education, attending three life skills classes per month, and volunteering two hours per month. The requirements of our program are tactics for helping people regain self-esteem, reconnect to the community, and ultimately reclaim a productive place in the economy.
Our safe, affordable housing complex and United Airlines Early Learning Center are vital to the overall success of this program; when our residents know they have a safe place to live and have access to quality care and education for their children, they are better able to commit to the rigorous requirements of our program. Our ultimate goal is that each single-parent who graduates from our program is able to rejoin the workforce, earn a living wage, and support their family well.
We housed 130 unique adults and 202 children and served 180 alumni for a total of 512 unique individuals in the reporting year (April 1, 2019-March 31, 2020). Warren Village measures impact in our self-sufficiency programs by evaluating the residents' progress between program entry and exit.
Ensuring quality in our Learning Center is also highly important to us. In order to quantify our progress and inform program improvements, we utilize TSG Snapshot Reports to assess the progress of both toddlers and preschoolers in six areas: social/emotional, physical, language, cognitive, literacy, and mathematics.
Detailed programmatic results can be found in our annual impact report and on our website.
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Our adult self-sufficiency training has four essential elements. First, all residents participate in college or work/workforce full time (or a combination of both) with support from our staff. Second, all residents participate in weekly "Life Skills" courses to develop foundational skills for the pursuit of success in life. Third, all residents work with an assigned advocate who guides them through the creation and implementation of personal and wellness goals. Fourth, residents receive holistic supports through our Wellness Initiative, which provides more structure for program participants in their pathway to personal and economic freedom. The Wellness Initiative is a four-part program starting with: a required series of classes, the completion of a detailed wellness plan, mental health services, and ongoing class attendance. The four key elements of this initiative are physical, psychological, social, and financial well-being. Wellness plans are created with each family to continue the work identified in VitalU classes. Family mental health services are also offered on-site through the Tennyson Center for Children.
Our goal for the Fiscal Year 2020 (April 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020) was to provide a comprehensive approach to helping low-income, single-parent families become self-sufficient. Our objectives were to:
1. provide transitional housing to approximately 130 low-income, single-parent families,
2. help adults gain life-skills for securing permanent housing and becoming self-sufficient, and
3. provide quality early care and education to approximately 202 at-risk children.
We exceeded all of the above goals, but we also began measuring the long-term impacts our program has had on thousands of people in the Denver Metro area through the collection of longitudinal data. Our initial findings show us that 96% of the former residents surveyed are still stably housed.
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Infants/Babies (under age 5)
A key and central component to the Warren Village model is The United Airlines Early Learning Center. 106 infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at a time have access to high-quality early care and education in the Learning Center. By focusing on the holistic development of children who have been exposed to trauma, with a special focus on social-emotional development, our Learning Center helps to close development gaps often seen between low-income children and their higher-income peers.
Tennyson Center Partnership: Warren Village developed a partnership with the Tennyson Center for Children, and now there are two mental health counselors available to provide Early Intervention and Community Based one-on-one therapeutic services for families living in our building.
Services are focused on strengthening the parent/child relationship, increasing parent confidence, and emotional regulation of both parents and children. Families receiving traditional in-home, community-based services can receive two or more hours a week of therapeutic sessions. This service has proved to be extremely beneficial to our residents based on anecdotal evidence, and we are developing measures to track the success of this implementation.
TFA Partnership: Warren Village launched a partnership with Teach for America (TFA). A TFA teacher will remain on-site for two years, providing high-quality support to one of our preschool classrooms. The teacher's partnership with us includes coaching and mentorship from TFA mentors and resource providers. We have received generous support from our philanthropic partners to bolster this relationship with additional coaching and mentorship opportunities for our leadership staff, so that they may better support this partnership as well as all of our aspiring lead teachers.
Conscious Discipline Implementation: Warren Village has measured its success in its ability to continue implementation of the Conscious Discipline® Classroom Management method. Warren Village has placed a strong emphasis on teacher training and application of Conscious Discipline, a disciplinary model designed to support children who have experienced trauma, by allowing them to connect with trusted caregivers, develop a sense of self-behavior regulation, and learn new and powerful life skills. We are on track to become a model Conscious Discipline® school by 2021.