When we first met Warren in the summer of 2015, he was sleeping in what he referred to as “Fort Snelling,” a mat in the corner of Catholic Charities’ Dorothy Day Center. With the wall on one side of him and the lockers on the other, he stashed belongings between his body and the lockers in an attempt to provide a sense of security.
When Warren, 55, moved into Catholic Charities’ Higher Ground Saint Paul Residence, he achieved a new level of security.
As he was signing his lease and reviewing information about his monthly rent, Warren declared the first thing he would do was lock his door.
A door to lock, that’s a luxury for Warren and the others who recently moved into their new homes at Higher Ground.
When he walked into his room, he found more to love than the key.
“Awww, that’s the view I wanted,” he exclaimed as he looked out his window at his view of the St. Paul Cathedral. “This is cool!”
With keys in his hand, Warren said “I love it. This is mine. I know exactly where my cereal boxes are gonna go! I don’t have 300 people to sit next to. You hear how quiet is in here? I do not miss Dorothy Day Center, that’s for sure.”
The smiles continued for Warren on move in day. Touring the shared kitchen on this floor, Warren was excited to see he had a bird’s eye view of I-94 so he could watch traffic as he waited for his meals to cook.
Life is looking up for Warren, who is taking classes at Resource, Inc. so he can get back to work. With the peace and security of home, it seems Warren is ready to take on the world with a smile on his face.