Who we are and who we want to become
Our Current Constellation And Areas of Focus
Children and Youth Seeking Refuge from War: Youth are welcomed into the community as long-term community members and as the ‘adoptive’ children of partners responsible for their direct care. Children grow up in the community until they are ready to transition fully into adulthood. Children will be supported socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically, as well as with education and generally adjusting to life in the United States. Once children have moved out of the direct proximity of the home they will continue to have the community as an extended family for their future.
Unaccompanied Youth and Families Exiting Homelessness: The community provides a place of refuge and support for three to five individuals and/or families whose circumstances have put them out on the street. This aspect is aimed at individuals who are wanting to engage in a larger community and parents who are working to create a stable environment for their children and are seeking support and guidance in their efforts. Households live in the immediate community for eleven months to two years. During this time, they are provided with comprehensive support including food, shelter, a therapeutic environment, emotional support, childcare, financial support, help finding employment, educational support and assistance finding and furnishing a permanent home. Once families resettle in a new home, they will remain integrated and supported by the community for as long as they desire.
Individuals Engaged in Healing Work: Individuals who wish to be engaged in this healing work may do so in a myriad of ways; living and/or working in the community, interning in the home, or providing consistent and/or occasional services and general support.
Spiritual Renewal, Development and Growth: The community works alongside individuals and groups working spiritually through study, providing meeting space and conference support. This work is a sustaining source for all who live directly in Angelica Village and is also open to the community at large.
Community Activism: The community is a place which welcomes activists to gather for discussion, conferences, organizing and study groups.
Internships: The community provides learning opportunities for people interested in supporting the work, learning about the project's foundational philosophies and integrating themselves within the community. These opportunities will include both live-in multi-month or multi-year commitments, as well as semester-long day involvement for those working toward degrees.
Community Garden: The community has a garden where both members of the home and community members come to participate in the gardening process and share meals from our bounty.
Community Meals: Every Thursday and Saturday Angelica Village hosts community meals to bring together all who wish to participate. Through the sharing of a meal, we build connection, support relationships and participate in the joy of being together.
hopes for expansion in the future
Families Seeking refuge from War: Ultimately, we hope to invite three to five families who have arrived in the United States with refugee status to live in the immediate community anywhere from eleven months to two years, depending on their particular circumstances. During this time, they will be provided comprehensive support including food, shelter, general acculturation support, a therapeutic environment, emotional support, childcare, financial support, help finding employment, educational support and assistance finding and furnishing a permanent home. Once families resettle in a new home, they will remain integrated and supported by the community for as long as they desire.
Individuals with Special Abilities: The community anticipates three to four individuals with special needs being permanent residents of the community if their personal circumstances permit. The community will embrace meeting their individual needs in addition to their basic ones, with emotional support, developmental support and access to day center programs or school during the school year if they are of school age. A partnership with one of the many Camphill communities in the U.S will be set up as a possibility for transition if the circumstances present themselves. If an individual transitions into another circumstance, the project will continue to be family to these individuals with visits and phone calls as needed.
Creative Art and Music Space: We envision having a space devoted to art and music for the creative engagement of all community members.
Therapeutic Offerings: We hope to create a plethora of therapeutic offerings that will meet the unique healing needs of all community partners. Through painting courses, massage, holistic remedies, movement and much more we will bring the deep healing so desperately needed by us all.
Community Corner Store: The store would provide the basic amenities, food staples and crafts made by members of the home. It will also be a coffee and sandwich shop. Community members will be able to work in the store and proceeds will go back into the home.
THE STORY OF ANGELICA VILLAGE...
Renata Heberton founded Angelica Village in 2016 with tremendous help and support from family, friends and community members.
Angelica Village was born from a lifelong vision based on the fundamental idea of a comprehensive and unconditional support network. Angelica Village is an intentional community in which everyone involved is honored for the gifts and experiences they bring and supported in the ways all humans require to live full and inspired lives.
Renata's first experience with a healing intentional community was with the House of Peace outside of Boston, MA. Renata spent the summer of 2005 learning about the profound therapeutic and healing possibilities that can come from an intentional and welcoming community. Her experience with the House of Peace helped form the basis of her passion and commitment to creating a community in her hometown of Denver.
Renata received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a focus on U.S and Latin American history from Grinnell College in 2006. Upon graduation, she worked as a coach for Playworks in Boston, MA where she created play focused youth leadership and after school programs for children K-5.
In the spring of 2010, Renata earned a Master's degree in social work from the University of Denver with a concentration in community social work. At DU she completed community organizing centered internships. Her capstone project at DU involved collaborating with Jean East, a professor, community organizer and founder of Project Wise which is an organization that supports women who are low income. With Jean, Renata began to create a formal plan for her organization that would later become Angelica Village as it exists today.
Since completing her Masters, Renata has worked at the Denver Waldorf School as a teacher, faculty advisor, and high school administrative coordinator, at the Action Center in Lakewood, Colorado where she supported individuals and families to gain long term stability as they exited the shelter program, and at Jefferson County Public Schools where she served students and families experiencing homelessness needing support to gain full access to their education, as well as to service organizations that could support their needs.
Renata's dream for Angelica Village is to have multiple houses on the same block peppered with community gardens, art and music spaces, as well as a corner store that would support the community in a variety of ways. Ultimately, Renata would like to see vibrant therapeutic programming available to all participants, as well as collaboration with other area organizations focused on providing strength and support for their participants. Angelica Village will thrive through welcoming the service and gifts each individual brings to the world while paying deep attention to the needs represented in meeting and facing life's challenges.
If you'd like to get in touch with Renata, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.