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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services

Mission: We believe that homelessness is a community issue that is primarily the result of social and economic influences that are community issues. We further believe that all members of the community should have access to clean, safe, and secure housing at affordable costs. Having these beliefs, we exist to end homelessness in our community. We carry our our mission by providing direct services, promote homeless prevention, educate the community, facilitate collaborative community activities to address the problems of homelessness and poverty and advocate for the social and economic changes necessary to make ending homelessness a reality.

Programs: Advocacy and Education- Aurora, Inc. has consistently taken a role of leadership in advocating for homeless and near-homeless persons, and educating the community about the needs and opportunities available to address the conditions which contribute to homelessness and poverty. Homeless Outreach's- Homeless Outreach Team provides an energetic outreach, assessment, and case management program which enables us to further coordinate and collaborate in the services provided to homeless persons. Homeless Survey - As an education and advocacy agency, Aurora, Inc. conducts and publishes the only year-long survey documenting the degree and impact of homelessness in the community of Evansville; it is published every three years.Tenant Education - Aurora, Inc. provides tenant education classes designed to increase abilities of participants to avoid eviction and prevent homelessness. National Homeless Memorial Day- In conjunction with the National Coalition for the Homeless, Aurora, Inc. sponsors Evansville's public memorial service to commemorate those individuals who have died homeless. Destination Home: A Ten Year jouney to end homelessness in Evansville and Vanderburgh County - Aurora serves as the Resources Coordinator and lead agency for plan implementation.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was looking for an organization to make a donation to for the Christmas Season. I was thrilled to find Aurora! This organization is one I wanted to introduce my children to. One who makes a difference in the lives of those who need need help. I'm very touched by the compassion that is Aurora.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As a clinical Social Worker working along side of Aurora Staff, I have been in awe of their compassion, dedication, and willingness to serve others. Gary

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Naila is an incredible individual...not only does she care about and help the homeless, but she makes connections with so many other programs that can perhaps prevent homelessness in the first place...ideal, don't you think??

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aurora is comprised of caring people who truly care about our community. I commend this organization for their services and their dedication. We need more people like this.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Aurora as a board member for several years. The staff and leadership have a passion to end homelessnes in our community and are working a plan to do it in ten years! Caring, skilled staff work daily with the population to build relationships and coordinate efforts to serve this population that is misunderstood and that society tries to forget.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Aurora is a valuable link in Vanderburgh County. People and services are linked together by Aurora with the homeless. Aurora helps people find connections but also reaches with direct connections like starter kits. We also provide the funding mechanism for projects to happen with the federal government.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Aurora does far more than provide direct services to Evansville's homeless population. It is the thought leader in our community regarding the strategies we need to end homelessness. In its role as the lead organization for our ten-year plan to end homelessness, it has stepped out and taken on additional responsibilities as opportunities have arisen. The latest is serving as the fiscal agent and manager of the prevention grant Evansville recieved through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This is an outstanding organization with vision and the willingness to do whatever it takes to serve people and build a community infrastructure that will prevent and end homelessness.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Aurora is an organization which is vital to our community. Aurora is the lead referral agency in providing homeless outreach services, and is playing an instrumental role in implementing the 10 year plan to end homelessness in our community. In this role, Aurora has taken on additional responsibilities; the employees have worked tirelessly to achieve this vision. Aurora also works to increase community awareness. They recently sponsored a viewing of the movie "Where God Left His Shoes" which is a very realistic representation of the challenges homeless families face.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aurora does a wonderful outreach program to those who are homeless, supplying them on a weekly basis with food, life's necessities, and consultation on their health. They also have a program from client's who are to be housed so that they are prepared for what is ahead. The staff there has been outstanding in welcoming young adult volunteers and educating them on homelessness while encouraging them to assist as they can. The staff at Aurora has networked with local universities to pick up and sort through furniture, clothing, and household items that students wish to leave behind at the end of a school year. This group has also been active in beginning program to end homeless in Evansville with the help of the local residents, government, and agencies that do outreach.