Offering a beautiful, safe and hospitable space is central to the heart of the the Aurora Commons.
The Aurora Commons provides a safe space of hospitality to share relationships, resources, and the fullness of life. We seek to provide a space for authenticity and conversation, to connect our unhoused, unstably housed, drug dependent, individuals involved in street-based sex work, and low-income neighbors to resources, and to bring the wider community to the table to learn from one another, to be transformed by one another, and to embrace one another.
We dive into the messiness of what the day brings, we make food, share the table, grieve with one another and celebrate together. The Commons' desire is to be a space where hope overrides fear, where community staves off isolation, and dignity is offered to all.
A place where strangers become friends, where societal norms are challenged and vulnerability is welcomed.
We accompany people in the often overwhelming and confusing process of connecting to resources.
We seek to provide the space and relationships in people's lives that calls out their beauty, their gifts, and gently asks them to dream.
AC STAFF & ART TEACHER
Jacqueline has her Master’s of Arts in Theology and Culture from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Jacqueline is an artist who works with paint, photography, sculpture, and installation. Jacqueline has published a book of poetry entitled, The Day I Was Too Afraid to Jump off the High Dive and other tales of fear and trepidation. Jacqueline teaches art courses within the Visual Communications Department at Trinity Lutheran college. Currently, Jacqueline is working towards her PhD in Philosophy and the Arts at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. Jacqueline's philosophy is simple: none of us are free until each and every one of us are free.
Elizabeth studied Nonprofit Management at the University of Washington and has certificates in grant writing and volunteer management. Elizabeth has 5 years work experience in business management followed by 5 years as a site-coordinator for a local arts and environmental nonprofit serving at-risk youth. She has been with the Aurora Commons for three years, first as a volunteer, then as the Director of Operations, and finally as the Executive Director.
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS & CO-FOUNDER
Lisa earned her B.A. in Recreational Therapy in 2002 from Calvin College, and her Masters of Theology and Culture in 2011 from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Lisa was the co-founder of the Green Bean, a non-profit coffeehouse in North Seattle. Lisa has been building community among those on the margins for over ten years. Her dream for Humanity is for us all to live as though we belong to one another. She has a passion for curating spaces and stewarding relationships in order to help birth a bit of beauty along the north end of Aurora Avenue here in Seattle. She is reminded of that beauty, and the mystical, imaginative, absurd love of God when she looks at her daughter, Cedar Harrow, son Kippling and when she is loved and forgiven by her husband Andy.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY LIFE & CO-FOUNDER
Karen has lived in the Seattle neighborhood of Greenwood for over ten years. She is a graduate of Liberty University (BA Religion) and in 2013 completed the Lay Leader Counseling Certificate from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Karen has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2005 and specializes in work specific to women who have experience trauma and/or abuse. As well as starting two successful small businesses, Karen served as an Americorps volunteer along Aurora Avenue in in North Seattle for two years where she received training in Asset Based Community Development.