Five months ago, just after a room full of Aurora Commons friends departed from from our “Aurora Means Dawn” benefit breakfast, another group of friends began to arrive through our front door. These Aurora Commons friends arrived for our weekly Thursday morning women’s breakfast, a sacred time where women from different walks of life come together for support and encouragement over a shared meal.
On that particular day, Theresa visited the Commons for the first time. She exuded strength and exhaustion, resilience and despair. She was one week clean from her heroin addiction, she said, and twelve weeks pregnant. As if that wasn’t enough to bear, she was fleeing an abusive relationship. We invited her to rest and to have something to eat. Soon after, one of our staff members sat with her and began to explore possible resources available to her.
A few weeks ago -