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Aurora Warms the Night Inc.

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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters

Mission: Shelter and Services to preserve the life, health, and stability of men, women, and children experiencing homelessness.

Results: Aurora has always been a collaborative and compassionate community. Lots of people talk about problems, but we’re all about BEING part of the solution. That is why we would like to partner with you. You can help on an individual level or group level. Both offer the rewards of helping others and having a personal sense of accomplishment. With generous support from the community, AWTN is ensuring families and individuals meet their most basic needs. By partnering with people like you, we are helping to break the cycle of homelessness. From 2006 to 2016, we have provided over 20,000 warm bed nights of shelter.

Target demographics: men, women, and children experiencing homelessness

Direct beneficiaries per year: in 2016, we provided homeless men, women, and children with over 4,000 bed nights of shelter and over $400,000 of basic need items.

Geographic areas served: Aurora, Colorado

Programs: Shelter: Cold weather shelter provided via motels vouchers when temperatures drop to 20 degrees or below. Vouchers provides safety, an opportunity for showers, and prevents frostbite and death from winter elements. Basic Necessities: Our year-round services include food, clothing, blankets, and hygiene items. Comprehensive Services: We partner with onsite providers to provide mental health services, health care clinics, workforce education (resume writing, interviewing skills, job coaching), food stamps, SSI, and SSDI application assistance and veterans’ services. Community Awareness & Advocacy: AWTN’s advocacy has led to city and statewide Homeless Proclamations. AWTN provides homeless awareness support to the city, schools, faith-based community, corporations, and community organizations.

Community Stories

69 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 Debi18

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am an active member of the Aurora Community, have served as a local elected official and served and continue to serve on several boards. I have been exposed to many organizations throughout our community. And - I give the best I can for those organizations that do good work. When I was asked to be a board member of AWTN, I had already contributed to the organization and knew that, not only did they do great work for those in immediate need, they were frugal and worked to ensure that each dollar raised went as far as possible. I was honored to have been selected to serve on the board with fellow dedicated professionals. I continue to serve amongst the best of the best for the benefit of our community through AWTN. This board and the Executive Director are nothing short of being fantastic.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We learned about Aurora Warms the Night at Real Life Book Club (RLBC). One of our members, Sarah was the artist who created "A Picture of Homelessness" An interactive art exhibit to benefit Aurora Warms the Night. Sarah donated her services Portrait Biographies to create exposed fine art portrait of the homeless. I attended the event and it was very moving. To hear the personal story of a woman of how she became homeless made you realize it really could happen to anyone. This organization did a great job of presenting to our group and the event was moving (and affordable), plus had some really great auction prizes. I am so glad to have attended and learned more. This is a great nonprofit that is truly making a difference. You can watch the video of Paquita, the homeless client featured here: Scroll down to Aurora Warms the Night http://www.portraitbiographies.com/special-events/#book-release-party-denver

5

Former staff

Rating: 5

I interned at AWTN last year. Not only did it help me gain job skills and experience, but helped expand my knowledge of the homeless. I didn't know that over half of the homeless in Aurora are families. AWTN significantly helps those in the community and really makes a difference. I had such a good experience there. I saw the director Sarah treat everyone with respect whether there were a client, donor or volunteer. She took the time to also help me really relate my internship to real life and I felt more prepared for a career. To see whole community coming together to help the homeless was powerful. It was very cool to see such diversity in the people that were helping out. If anyone is looking to be an intern or to help, Aurora Warms the Night is 100 percent the place I would recommend. I am proud to have been part of this AMAZING non profit!

4 BikersRock

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Got to know this great charity at McCarthy's Grill Bike Show Fundraiser. The staff was super friendly, informative, and the cause is great. We bid on items in the silent auction and learned a lot when they spoke during the event. Great band played and we are happy to get to know about this charity. We will for sure be back to support them at the upcoming car show.

3 RMB2016

Donor

Rating: 5

Give hope & health with a food or hygiene kit. Get much more back in return. Great organization, positive experience .

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Making food and hygiene kits for the homeless is a great way your church can help out. We assemble them as part of our women's group and bring them in. We are a small group. But they never make us feel small. We bring 20 kits at a time and always feel appreciated as if we had give 2,000!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A project for everyone - kids, adults, corporations. Every little bit helps. Aurora Warms the Night made us feel welcomed and appreciated. The director Sarah was kind and took time out to give our group a kid friendly version of homelessness and why it happens. In Aurora, over half of the homeless are families. We walked away with feeling like we learned a lot and made a difference. We will be back to help a drive for SOCKTOBER in October.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

5 stars for this non profit. They are small but mighty and check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/aurorawarmsthenight to see photos of their good works and team efforts with the community.

4 TheGivingMoms

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This summer our group provided summer lunches to 100 homeless people. There were children, families, and single men and women and even some dogs. We had the best time. The director Sarah was wonderful to work with. The day was organized and we felt we really made a difference.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AWTN supports families in need in the local community. The men, women and children who walk through the door are in desperate need of shelter and warmth. They leave AWTN with a voucher for a nearby motel, a safe and warm night off the streets, a package of food of several meals, toiletries and a wam coat. The compassion, empathy and warmth shown by the staff would restore anyone's faith in humanity. On a particularly cold Friday, right before a weekend snow storm, a line formed out the door of folks seeking shelter, i was struck by the number of children- between the ages of 9 months and 14-- who joined their moms, dads and families in line. Two particular children stand out. One was a precious little boy who was about to turn eight. His warmest piece of clothing was a tattered fleece jacket. I helped him find a boys' coat that fit him well. Then, we searched for a hat. At the bottom of the pile, a blue hat, with a long scarf and mittens attached brought the biggest grin to his face. For that moment, he was not a homeless boy but an ordinary little boy who wanted to feel special. The last thing we picked out together was a book. We talked about what books he enjoyed reading, what he was reading in school and settled on a Magic Treehouse book that was brand new. By the time we were finished, his mom had secured a voucher and should take her grinning son off the streets for the night. The second child who stands out was 14. I noticed two things- she had the most piercing blue eyes and she looked full of shame. Instead of being at school, she was with her mom and little sister, hoping to avoid sleeping in their car for the night. She wanted to be anywhere but there. She did not want a coat. Her thin denim jacket was enough, she told me. Her defiance was no different than that of my 12 year old. I saw in her my own daughter and wondered how my own daughter would feel. I didn't accept her defiance. Without asking again, I searched thru a pile of coats, looking for one that my own daughter would think was cool, one that my own daughter would pick. Finally, I found two coats that any 8th grade girl who envy. I asked her to pick one. Without saying much, she tried one on and didn't take it off. I asked her if convincing her she should pick out a hat too was too much and, at that, she laughed. There's no way my daughter would wear a hat and mess her hair and this precious girl was no different. In both children, it is very evident that, while folks go to AWTN for shelter and food, they leave feeling the warmth of humanity.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AWTN works collaboratively with other agencies, government, and non profit for issues on homelessness. Going beyond basic needs, their director understands the importance of advocacy, awareness, and long term solutions.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aurora Warms the Night is an amazing place to volunteer. They do so much to help the homeless in their community and it was very rewarding to work with this organization. Sarah is great to work with as well, anytime I had questions or needed assistance with anything, she was very prompt on getting back to me. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such a great place!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

5 stars. Aurora Warms the Night is an asset to the community.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

5 stars - good non profit, good staff, good experience, good programs, good works

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at this organizations fundraiser was a great experience. I could not say enough positive things about the organization, event, and the work they do. 5 stars!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to Aurora warms the night as part of community service hours. I was treated with respect and really felt like I was making a difference. Even as something as simple as organizing the clothing shelves help them out. The director is really nice and cares about the clients and the whole city. Here is a picture of a simple project you could help with like I did with organizing clothes for the homeless.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a member of the Aurora Community and Leadership Aurora, it was a privileged to learn about this charity and the good work they do in the community. We had the opportunity to serve lunch at the location in the heart of Colfax as well as choose this charity for future project support. A+

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Aurora Warms the Night was such a positive experience for our company to volunteer with. Simple, effective, compassionate, competent. Would recommend to others.

Donor

Rating: 5

If you are looking for a way from home to make a difference without leaving the house - you can provide safety, shelter, and connect to resources for those out on the street - you can donate online - or do other things like buy raffle tickets to win a car, shop on amazon. Great organization and great reputation.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We came to volunteer here with girl scout troops and could not have had a better experience. The director is amazing, the event was well organized, the material was kid appropriate and we left knowing we made a difference.