Annual Rummage Sale May 17 & 18!
For the second year in a row, Aurora will hold a rummage sale in May to raise funds to help our homeless and near-homeless clients. Please consider donating your gently used items to this year's sale. Details...
Housing For Homeless Supply Drive
We have housed so many people in the last month that we've run out of supplies! So we are having a Housing After Homelessness Supply Drive! Bring what you can from this list to our office at 1100 Lincoln Avenue M-F 8-4 pm.
Canned Goods Desparately Needed! Click for complete list
For every member / supporter who completes a Home Energy Assessment, Aurora will receive $25 from Energizing Indiana. More...
Our Video: A Home For The Homeless
We are excited to show you our new Homelessness Awareness Video that we will be using around the community to help people understand the plight of the homeless and near-homeless. There are several shorter sections that make up the video, which is under 30 minutes. If you would like to just see a section, you can click one on the menu. Feel free to share on Facebook and email. We need to get the word out so more people get behind our cause.
This week's post is written by Jennifer Smith, Housing Support Team Lead
Why Do You Do What You Do?
A client asked me this question as we spent 6 hours together moving his things out of storage. He had commented a couple times about how I was making time and a half helping him move. Then he asked, "Are you getting paid time and a half, or are you salary?" I commented that I am a salaried employee. He couldn't believe it. He couldn't believe that it was 8:30 p.m. on a Friday night, and I am helping him move his furniture. "Why are you helping me?" He asked. "Why do you do what you do?" He is not the first to ask me this question. My family, friends, and other professionals have posed this same question. I do very careful budgeting and have to watch how I spend my money, not because I live beyond my means, but because, in order to pay my bills, I must watch every penny that I make, and every penny that I spend. Myself, and several of my coworkers, work more than one job to make ends meet. There are other jobs in the community where we could choose to work where we would be making much more than what we do, but we choose to stay at Aurora. And that is when people ask, "Why do you do what you do? Why do you stay at Aurora? Why not get another job that pays more money?"
Read the full post: www.aurorahelpshomeless.wordpress.com