Donate

Aurora Warms the Night, Inc.

Shelter and Services for those Experiencing Homelessness We operate services in order to ensure families and individuals meet their most basic needs, learn new skills, and access resources to transition out of homelessness.

More Information

Fundraising Pages

Want to do more for your favorite charity? We’ve made it easy for you to raise money by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a fundraiser Current fundraisers for this charity (0)

Shelter & Services

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
Homeless
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Located in original Aurora near the Colfax corridor, AWTN vouchers provides shelter and comprehensive services for Aurora's homeless.

All services are provided free of charge to homeless clients including men, women, children, and families.

Clients may access a variety of services in our building Monday - Thursday 9:00am - noon, no appointment needed.

OUR SERVICES

Shelter Cold weather emergency shelter is provided via motel vouchers when temperatures are 20 degrees or below. Vouchers are limited and are provided on a first come, first serve basis. Clients must have a photo ID to receive a voucher. In the winter of 2016, we provided over 4,000 bed nights of shelter. Vouchers provide safety, an opportunity for showers, and prevent frostbite, illness and potential death from winter elements. Donate a night of shelter: Make a secure tax deductible donation online

Basic Necessities Our year-round services include food, clothing, blankets, and hygiene items. In 2016, we provided over $380,000 of supplies.

Community Awareness & Advocacy AWTN's advocacy has led to city and statewide Homeless Proclamations. AWTN provides homeless awareness support to the city, schools, faith-based community, corporations, and community organizations.

Comprehensive Services We partner with onsite providers to provide mental health services, health care clinics, workforce education (resume writing, interviewing skills, job coaching), food stamps (SNAPS), SSI, and SSDI application assistance and veterans' services.

Cold Weather Services
• Paid voucher for motel room when temps are 20 degrees or colder
• Transportation to motel
• Food
• Blanket
• Warm winter clothing
• Hygiene products
• 100% of clients are matched to Aurora Mental Health Center's PATH program (Project to Assist in the Transition out of Homelessness)
• Aurora Homeless Resource Guide 2016
• Connection to Partner Agency Assistance

Warm Weather Services
• Daily lunches for homeless- June & July
• Hygiene products
• Sunscreen
• Blanket
• Heatstroke prevention
• Aurora Homeless Resource Guide 2016
• Connection to Partner Agency Assistance

All Weather Services onsite via Partner Agencies
• Mental health & substance abuse counseling
• Medical health care clinic
• Job coach, job assistance, resume writing
• Food stamp, SSI, & SSDI, application assistance
• Veteran services
• 100% of clients are referred to our partner, Aurora Mental Health Center's PATH program, which assists clients in the transition out of homelessness. PATH is located in the same building as AWTN.

Photos

Evidence of Program's Success

Since its inception in 2006, the City of Aurora has seen a decline in the number of deaths of the homeless.

Provider feedback and provider impact statements have reported thorugh AWTN that they can seen a positive effect of shelter and services on their clients.

The nights their clients are housed they are fewer incidents of frostbite, illness, and a clearer mental capacity on the nights of shelter on the follow day for therapy and mental health sessions. Client survey data shows client satisfaction and similiar reporting to provider impact statements.

Former clients who are now housed return to AWTN as volunteers, support us in events, and advocate on our behalf.

Providing a safe warm room for my baby is a priority. Leaving an abusive relationship meant a new start without shelter or resources. A motel voucher means I can keep my baby and myself warm and safe." - AWTN Homeless Client


"Aurora Warms the Night is our survival kit. As a married couple, we share a blanket, but frostbite and illness are a reality in the winter. It is difficult to sleep in the snow. After losing my job, the economy made it difficult to find steady work. A motel voucher is our extreme weather haven. We couldn't survive without it." - AWTN Homeless Client.

Key aspects of this profile information have been reviewed by Community First Foundation staff. Each organization is exclusively responsible for the content that appears on the profile page. Community First Foundation offers general guidance as to the purpose of each area but does not require or encourage charities to include anything in particular in each section.