Offering a beautiful, safe and hospitable space is central to the heart of the the Aurora Commons.
The Aurora Commons provides a welcoming space for our unhoused neighbors to rest, prepare a meal, connect to resources and collectively create a healthy and vibrant community. We seek to provide a space for authenticity and conversation 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.
ART & COMMUNICATIONS
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 nonprofit management, grant-writing and volunteer management. Elizabeth has over 5 years experience in business management in the for-profit sector and owns her own estate sale company. She has been with the Aurora Commons since 2012 and in January 2015, she became the Executive Director.
DIRECTOR OF HEALTH & WOMEN'S INITIATIVES, 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.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, CO-FOUNDER
Karen has lived in the Seattle neighborhood of Greenwood for over ten years. Karen earned her B.A in 2007 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.