We wanted to send a big THANK YOU to all the organizations that we worked with during our week in Aurora. The collaboration between all of these agencies is quite impressive. Please take the time and read about these amazing organizations by following the links to their webpages:
Hesed House - Hesed House's mission is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless and give people the chance to hope again. Hesed House is a national model for ending homelessness – one person,
one family at a time. It is the culmination of nearly three decades of
strategic evolution from a formerly acceptable model of "eats and
sheets" to a Comprehensive Homeless Resource Center – a campus of
centralized highly skilled professionals collaborating to provide the
tools necessary to help individuals and families break free of the
shackles binding them to homelessness.
Emmanuel House - Emmanuel
House CDC is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping
working-class families save and work their way out of poverty in a
responsible & dignified manner. In close collaboration with our partner organizations,
qualified families are selected and subsequently given the opportunity
to live in one of our apartments – usually for about 18 months. Families
pay market rate rent just as they would anywhere else, but by
leveraging a variety of created and existing resources, an entire year's
rent (usually about $10,000) is channeled into each family’s savings to
provide a down-payment on their first home thereby eliminating the
primary and often sole barrier—the ability to save a down-payment—to
My Father's Hands - My Fathers Hands is a non-profit organization working within the Fox
Valley area. My Father's Hands mentor at-risk workers by teaching them general
construction skills using a hands on approach. The projects we work on
include safety repairs on the homes of local senior and disabled
community members, as well as, collaborating with other non-profit
organizations on larger construction projects.
Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church - Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Aurora, Illinois, is a diverse and unified community of Christ's disciples living our Catholic-Christian faith through worship, fellowship and service bringing God's transforming love to our parish and our world.
World Relief - World Relief began offering services in DuPage County in 1979 and then
opened an additional office in Aurora in 1999. We are a Christ-centered
organization that partners with local churches and works with hundreds
of individuals and community groups to offer a comprehensive range of
services to refugees and immigrants living in DuPage and Kane Counties.
Mutual Grounds - Mutual Ground, located in Aurora Illinois, provides a safety net of
services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault that
include emergency shelter, domestic violence victim advocacy and sexual
assault counseling. Additional services include education programs for
professionals, students and the community-at-large.