It Takes a Village – Dennisha’s Village

7 July, 2011

Dennisha Ware’s experience as a single teenage mother sparked in her a passion to help other young women create a solid foundation for themselves and their children. And so she is starting Dennisha’s Village in Battle Creek to provide love, support, and transitional housing for teenage mothers and their children.

The home will be open to teenage mothers or expectant mothers ages 13 to 19. The mothers and their children will be able to remain in the home until the mothers reach the age of 22. As a requirement for housing, the mothers must attend school through graduation, or, if they have already graduated, seek and find employment. They will also complete workshops appropriate for their ages and motherhood status (e.g., Lamaze, parenting classes, cooking classes, driver’s training).

In addition to providing housing, Dennisha’s Village will also provide on-site childcare free of charge to the mothers living at the Village and at a discounted rate to low income families in the surrounding neighborhood. A nurse will be available to help with health issues, such as pregnancy prevention and wellness.

In order to seek the grant assistance necessary to get Dennisha’s Village up and running, 501(c)(3) status is necessary. Dennisha has worked long and hard to make her dream come true, and Bread for the Journey of Southwest Michigan was honored to grant the requested $850 to cover the cost of the 501(c)(3) filing.