Connecting People with Housing, Shelter, Health, & Hope.
Delivering shelter, health and hope - made possible by you.
WHY WE NEED YOU
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.
HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP:
VOLUNTEER: Please visit our website www.aurorawarmsthenight.org for our current volunteer opportunities.
DONATIONS: Please check out website www.aurorawarmsthenight.org for updated needs & donation drop off hours.
We also accept copy paper, pens, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, Clorox cleaning wipes, & bottles of water.
ONLINE DONATIONS: Secure donations via credit or debit card can be made here.
GIFT CARDS Gift cards to stores such as Walmart, Target, and Office Depot help us with client & office supplies.
VEHICLES - CARS FOR CASH: We like to think of our car donation program as a key factor in our "drive" to help homelessness in Aurora. AWTN accepts a wide variety of vehicles as donations with FREE towing.
SHOP AMAZON: What if you could do something good just by shopping online? You can support every time you make a purchase by buying through AmazonSmile with 0.05% of your purchase price of any item donated to AWTN.
"AWTN is a huge asset to our homeless participants. When someone is street homeless they are not only at risk of freezing to death, but they also have huge safety concerns, issues with personal care.
One participant told me, an opportunity to get a shower and wash his clothes "…just makes me feel more human." Another participant stated being able to take multiple showers and an opportunity to relax, have a break form "survival mode" helped decrease his depression and increased his motivation to accomplish goals such as applying and interviewing for jobs. Another participant stated it reminded her of what it was like to be housed and what she was working towards.
A motel room provides a level safety many street homeless are denied on a daily basis. One participant reported that he wakes up about once an hour on the streets because he is worried about safety, in the motel he is able to sleep as much as 6 hours straight. Another participant reported that she is "so relieved to have a lock to lock me in" and spoke at length about the value of locks for her safety.
I have seen huge differences in people's motivation toward goals, decrease in mental health symptoms and an overall heightened mood in those who look forward to getting vouchers and those who have been housed for a night or more.
Aurora Warms the Night's ability to assist in meeting the needs of safety, privacy and basic personal care needs for individuals increases PATH's ability to meet the mental health and case management needs of our participants. Shelter vouchers are an important part of our participant's mental health, well-being and ultimately their recovery."
EJ Becker, MSW
Aurora Mental Health Center
Director of PATH Project to Assist in the Transition out of Homelessness
Aurora Warms the Night (AWTN) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to preserve the life, health and stability of those experiencing homelessness. Our EIN is 27-4728487 and donations are tax-deductible.
COLD WEATHER SERVICES INCLUDE: When temperatures fall below 20F we provide motel vouchers & bus passes to those experiencing homelessness. In addition we weekly offer food, blankets, winter clothing, socks, warming & hygiene kits along Colfax Ave & through our drop-in center.
WARM WEATHER SERVICES INCLUDE: Our shower trailer is available 3 evenings a week giving our clients the opportunity to receive a warm shower & a meal. Summer lunches, hygiene items, clothing essentials, & sunscreen are also provided.
Our goal is to meet the most basic needs in peoples lives. All services are provided free of charge.
AWTN provides education to the community regarding homelessness, including presentations to schools, faith-based community, corporations, and community organizations.