Stability. A concept most might take for granted without giving thought to its true meaning. Let’s take a moment to explore this seemingly simple idea. Where does one find stability? At first glance, more tangible things come to mind; employment, family and a home. However, once you delve further into the idea of stability and all that encompasses it, you begin to understand how intricate it is. Other than the aforementioned factors, stability can be influenced by numerous aspects including physical and mental health, past experiences and interpersonal relationships. Looking at the big picture — we can see how all of these factors are interrelated in maintaining one’s stability. Set-backs experienced in any these areas can have a ripple effect throughout one’s life, rocking their foundation.
The loss of stability is uniform among our clients at Aurora. We fight to help those in need pick up the pieces and persevere. While housing is our agency’s main focus, the breadth of our services goes way beyond. I could go on about the other things we do to assist the community and our clients, but we do what we do out of genuine concern for others. Take a look at my much more eloquent coworkers’ blog posts and you will see evidence of this. Establishing a real relationship with those in need is the first step in reestablishing their stability. In my 3 ½ years at Aurora, I have seen this time and time again. Positive relationships in combination with stable housing is the formula for success. I have seen it manifest in numerous ways: clients becoming homeowners, children raising their grades from F’s to A’s, and the formerly homeless becoming leaders and advocates for social justice.
I am honored to work with group people so dedicated to our mission. The relationships and experiences with my co-workers and clients is truly humbling and have created a sense of stability in my own life.
Taylor Nellis graduated from Ball State University in 2006 with a Bachelor in Psychology. While in college, he worked for the Center for Mental Health in Anderson, IN. There he specialized in providing service to clients that were diagnosed with Schizophrenia and Bi-Polar Disorder. After graduating from college, Taylor was employed at the Department of Child Services as a Family Case Manager from 2006 to 2008. At DCS, he ensured the safety of children and worked to build healthier families. After a two year hiatus from social work, Taylor hired in at Aurora 2010 as a Case Coordinator for the Homeless Prevention/Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). In 2012, Taylor became the Re-Entry Specialist for the Welcome Home 82 Initiative. As Re-Entry Specialist, Taylor co-created the program which enabled ex-offenders to obtain permanent housing. In 2013, Taylor became the Team Lead/Case Manager for Vision 1505, a permanent supportive housing complex. Taylor is currently attending the University of Southern Indiana as a student in the MSW program.