AAA in the Community: Single dad benefits from AAA-sponsored program

J. Skyler McKinley
November/December 2018

Anthony Diaz spent 11 harrowing years in Colorado prisons. Today, he runs his own small business and is an attentive parent to 6-year-old daughter Leilani. Their journey began at Warren Village, a Denver-based residential program that moves people from poverty toward self-sufficiency.

The program inspired Diaz to ask himself some tough, but centering, questions. “Why was I drinking?” Diaz said. “Why was I such an angry kid? It was a very rough two years—very hard, but very good. I had to unpack my trauma as a kid and raise a little human without affecting her character.”

Today, eighteen months after graduating from Warren Village, Anthony and Leilani have their own place, and Diaz runs Hulk Industries, a relocation and training company in Denver that provides services to victims of domestic violence and low-income and single-parent families.

AAA Colorado is proud to partner with Warren Village to make stories like Diaz’s possible. Our president and Chief Executive Officer Linda Cavanagh serves on Warren Village’s board of trustees, and each holiday season we participate in Tows for Toy—where a giant gift box filled with toys donated by our employees and members is placed on a tow truck and delivered to community partners, such as Warren Village.

“There’s something inspiring when you see the truck pull up overloaded with all those gifts, and what it all means for parents and kids,” said Warren Village president & CEO Ethan Hemming.

AAA Colorado will receive toy donations at all 11 AAA Colorado retail stores (see p. 11 for locations) to benefit Warren Village and other important community groups from Nov. 20–Dec. 4, 2018.

J. Skyler McKinley is AAA Colorado’s spokesman and director of government affairs.