Over 400 men, women, and children are homeless in Evansville each year

Aurora has housed over 500 people suffering from homelessness

Our Mission

Creating solutions to prevent and end homelessness in our community.

How We Help

As a homeless service provider, we offer many programs to reach the homeless in our community as well as those at risk of becoming homeless. Our goals are to increase public awareness of homelessness and ensure everyone in our community has a place to call home.

Our Vision

We believe that everyone has value and needs a safe, decent affordable place to call home.

How You Can Help

Aurora’s Monthly Donors fund the organization’s programs and services. Without you, preventing and ending homelessness in our area would not be possible. Join Aurora’s mission today by becoming a Monthly Donor. Learn more about how you can help.

History

Founded in 1988, Aurora has impacted the community for over three decades.

Resources

We believe that actively collaborating with other community agencies, churches, schools, businesses, and more is important to making the end of homelessness a reality. We connect individuals to local housing, food pantries, financial assistance, and more.

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What's Current

3 days ago

Aurora Evansville
We will be closed at 2:00pm today and all day Thursday and Friday so our staff can spend time with their loved ones. Happy Holidays! #evv ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

Aurora Evansville
WE DID IT! Because of you all we were able to reach our fundraising goal while also raising awareness for our community’s most vulnerable. Thank you to everyone who sponsored, participated, and donated💙💛. #EVV #evansvilleindiana #48hoursinthelife ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

Aurora Evansville
HUGE thank you to Ethen and Krista with St. Peter’s United Church in Lamar, IN. These two have been devoted donators to Aurora over the years, and yesterday they dropped off 200 food bags, 150 hygiene kits, as well as blankets and other necessities that help our clients here at Aurora. We could not be where we are today without people like them💙💛. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

Aurora Evansville
We have a few individuals and families left to be “adopted” for the holiday season! Help us shed light this season by registering for our Holiday Adopt a Client Program today.❤️For more information: events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eiod18ip6f3661de&llr=kkd6vtbab#EVV #evansvilleindiana ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

Aurora Evansville
Words from Jaimie Sheth, Founder of JD Sheth Foundation.👏#48hoursinthelife #evvA Letter from our Founder:“Who am I, you ask? I am made from all the people I’ve encountered.” I met several people in the last 48 hours of my life who have made me a more educated, knowledgeable, empathetic, understanding, woke, and driven person. What does it mean to experience homelessness? I can’t say that I know, but I had a very minute glimpse of it during the Aurora’s “48 Hours in the Life: The Homeless Experience Project” on Thursday November 18, 2021 to Saturday November 20, 2021. I, and 11 others in our community, was given a real life scenario of an Aurora client’s life to live for 48 hours. We were paired up for safety, and given tasks to do throughout the days that aligned with the scenarios we were given. What did I feel? I felt cold. It was freezing and I dreaded to see the sun go down as it’s warmth went down with it. Nights were in the upper 20’s and low 30’s which are considered white flag nights. Anyone who wanted shelter could have it, but what if it was 33 degrees and it wasn’t a white flag night?I felt fear. A woman chased me down the street to help me, but I didn’t know that until she caught up with me. Being approached like that from a stranger was scary, but would I have felt like that if I was in my own elements?I felt vulnerable. Being on streets I was unfamiliar with, in areas of Evansville that I don’t normally go, left me very “open” to anyone. Construction workers stared at me and passing cars ignored me. You are so visible and so invisible at the same time. I felt useless and helpless. When you experience homelessness, you are living on other people’s time. You are extremely dependent on agencies, other schedules, and individuals. Every task is time consuming because of a lack of transportation, because of the amount of cases agencies have to manage daily, because of a lack of resources, because you sometimes have to jump through hoops for basic daily needs....It weighs on you. It breaks you down. We were all in physical pain and sleep deprived. Most were emotional and many were foggy by Saturday AM, and it was only 2 days. I can’t imagine weeks, months, and years that others have to experience. Through all of that...I felt kindness and love. In 2 days, I had people I’ve never met ask me if they could pray for me. From a pastor on the street, to volunteers at a pop up lunch place in a random parking lot, to a woman who pulled her car over on Columbia. I had volunteers in the agencies, including Aurora, United Caring Services, The Humane Society, and others, help me and genuinely care about my well being. My scenario called for me to have mental health issues. I stayed in my scenario 100% of the time when interacting with others. It didn’t matter to those I was seeking help from. Strangers went above and beyond to help me by even driving us downtown so I could make my “court appointment”.What I’ve learned and the perspective I’ve gained from this experience will drive me further in my servant leadership. You may claim to know, but you don’t REALLY know, until you walk in someone else’s shoes. I walked along side so many in those 2 days and I will continue to be an advocate and collaborate with other nonprofits in my contributions to this population. JD Sheth Foundation’s philosophy’s are that “We are one” and “Every life matters”. My life mattered those 2 days and the lives of those experiencing homelessness matter every day. Thank you to my fellow participants. You were my support system and my friends for that 48 hours. Thank you to the donors who supported my campaign, my fellow participant’s campaigns, and ultimately Aurora’s work here in Evansville. And finally thank you Aurora Evansville employees and Zac Heronemus-Executive Director, for choosing me to take part in this immersive experience because “Who am I, you ask? I am made from all the people I’ve encountered.” -Jaimie Sheth, Founder/CEO of JD Sheth Foundation ... See MoreSee Less
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Who We Are

Aurora, Inc., a nonprofit organization in Evansville, IN, strives to prevent and end homelessness in the Evansville community. The Aurora team provides many services for those who are homeless or are at risk of being homeless in the community. Our services include a Homeless Outreach Team to provide shelter and supplies to the homeless in our area, a Re-Entry program to help anyone released from institutions successfully transition back into the community and off the streets, rental assistance for those with disabilities, and much more.

Aurora impacts more than 1,600 individuals each year. This number includes children, men, women, veterans, the re-entry population, refugees, and individuals with disabilities.

Aurora is dedicated to connecting the homeless, near homeless, and those in crisis to resources in the community that can help. Our team strives to expand public awareness of homelessness and conduct research to be shared with city, state, and federal officials in order to prevent and end homelessness in our community.

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Homelessness in Evansville, IN

Did you know that 450 men, women, and children are homeless on any given night in Evansville? 40% of the homeless in our community are women, and over 40% suffer from mental health issues. 

Download the latest Evansville & Vanderburgh County Homeless Facts & Figures.

Homeless in Evansville, IN

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