”This place is my home and you are all my family. It doesn't mean you aren’t a pain sometimes, but that is how a family is, and we show up for one another and protect one another.” -Robyn, unhoused neighbor
THE NEIGHBORHOOD LIVING ROOM
Drop In Hours offer 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 be 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 interrupts isolation, and dignity is offered to all.
- Resource bridging
- Food & kitchen access
- Bottomless coffee
- Community Meals
- Clothing, shoes, socks
- Laundry Access
- Toiletries & hygiene supplies
- Computer & internet access
- Bus Tickets
- Phone charging station
- Mailing address & collection
The People's Kitchen project empowers and dignifies members of our community by providing adequate food supplies, a clean and sterile cooking environment, and access to a fully stocked kitchen, ensuring that all people at the Commons are able to prepare, cook, and share food with one another on a daily basis.
RESOURCE DESK & CONNECTION DAYS
The Aurora Commons actively builds partnerships with area organizations and housing providers so that through the relationships we build, as we learn stories, we can appropriately bridge our unhoused friends neighbors to the resources they need.
Once a month we offer a CONNECTION DAY where representatives from outside programs & services are available in the space for immediate assistance.
THE PEOPLE’S LIBRARY
An ongoing exchange of books, papers & magazines donated to the Commons. We hope to provide a space where people can relax on the couch & access a variety of reading materials. We’re always in need of adding to the collection, so if you have books or magazines to share, please email Marge to arrange a drop off.
Generously donated gently used clothing, shoes, belts & supplies accessible during open hours to anyone.
Have something to contribute to the closet or love organizing your closet and want to organize ours too? Email Marge, our Director of Volunteer & Community Engagement.
CHAPLAIN OF PRESENCE
Our Chaplains of Presence play a crucial role at the Commons. They extend hospitality through care and conversation so that our guests feel welcomed, safe, and loved. Through the front lines work of our Chaplains, our Aurora neighbors receive the encouragement and support they need in order to pursue sobriety, housing, employment, escape from the sex trade, etc.