`Tis the season for caring and sharing and the Aurora House, which offers new beginnings to homeless women and their children, is looking for volunteers interested in helping to make the holidays brighter for residents working to make a clean, fresh start in life.
“The holiday season can be a difficult time for some of our residents and their children,” said Mary Ann Wasserman, Aurora’s Christmas coordinator. “Our desire is to bring a little light and further the message of hope.”
Aurora Project, Inc. is a comprehensive housing and life skills program that aims to empower homeless women and their children to achieve self-sufficiency and independence by providing resources and learning opportunities in a supportive and safe environment.
The project was conceived in 1984 when a task force of community women met to try to address the needs of homeless women and their kids. The result - the founding of Aurora House, a transitional housing shelter for homeless women and children.
“Aurora offers new beginnings” said Venus Chapman, director of development. “It is a comprehensive program providing housing and services where women can address the issues that led to their homelessness, build their parenting and life skills and take the time necessary to make permanent, positive changes so they will never be homeless again.”
The focus at Aurora is not only on women but on their children as well, Chapman said. “Aurora is the only facility in our area that allows mothers the opportunity to have their children reside with them in a supportive environment.
“This allows mother and child to transition through the recovery process together, helping one another learn and heal,” she said.
Currently, 13 women and more than a dozen children ranging in age from newborn to teenage reside at the house, located on North Superior Street in Toledo.
Donations of cash, and gift cards would be welcomed to help the residents have a happier holiday, Chapman said. “We use donations to buy bus passes and other necessities for the residents,” she said. “We can also use `consumables,’ such as disposable diapers, toiletries, food, etc.”
Groups and individuals may also make arrangements to “adopt” a family for the holidays.
To learn more about the Aurora House or to make a donation, call Wasserman at 419-244-3200.