Who We Are

Aurora is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the homeless and near homeless in the Greater Evansville, IN area. Each year, we serve over 500 individuals: men, women, children, those with disabilities, and the re-entry population. 

In 2016 Aurora was named “Non-Profit of the Year” by the Chamber and in 2017 “Organization of the Year” by Leadership Evansville. Aurora was also named a United Way Partner Agency in 2011. 

Mission & Vision

Our Mission is creating solutions to prevent and striving to end homelessness in our community. Our Vision: We believe that the community will be stronger when every man, woman and child have a safe, decent, and sustainable place to call home.

Core Beliefs

We believe that everyone has value. We believe in a “Housing First” and hands-on, strength-based approach to service delivery.


Our Pledge

Aurora pledges to be actively involved in:

  • Direct Services: Providing services to the homeless and near homeless in our community
  • Prevention: Promoting services that prevent homelessness
  • Community Awareness: Educating the community on homelessness
  • Collaboration: Facilitating collaboration among agencies, churches, schools, business, etc.
  • Advocacy: Advocating for the social and economic changes necessary to make ending homelessness a reality.

Our Core Values

  • Collaboration: Working together, united in action
  • Vision: The ability to dream and serve as a catalyst
  • Integrity: Interactions are based on Social Work Code of Ethics, honoring HMIS Privacy Practices
  • Competence: Emphasis on training, use of evidence-based practices
  • Passion: Enthusiasm, strong desire, extravagant fondness
  • Determination: Strongly motivated to succeed
  • Compassion: Understanding that the experience of homelessness can result in emotional distress, including trauma

Our History

Founded in 1988, Aurora leads the way in our community with three decades of experience of ending homelessness. Beginning as a coalition of individuals and organizations working for the homeless, Aurora has grown into an independent organization that takes on many projects, programs and endeavors to ensure that those without a place to call home are not forgotten.

As a homeless service provider, our mission is creating solutions to prevent and striving to end chronic homelessness in our community. Aurora impacts 1,600+ men, women and children annually and collaborates with over 75 agencies. We serve anyone who is homeless, chronically homeless (without a home for longer than 12 months), or at risk of becoming homeless. This includes adults, children, refugees, those with disabilities, veterans and the re-entry population. In 2016 Aurora was named “Non-Profit of the Year” by the Chamber and in 2017 “Organization of the Year” by Leadership Evansville (now Leadership Everyone).

Officers of the Board

Chadd Huffman, President

Chadd Huffman, President

Homes by Huffman

Stephanie Stone, Vice President

Stephanie Stone, Vice President

Old National Bank

Paul Green, Treasurer

Paul Green, Treasurer

Retired Business Manager/ Financial Secretary at IBEW Local 16

Chaz Halsell, Secretary

Chaz Halsell, Secretary

Fifth Third Bank

Members of the Board

    • Rob Bernardin, Boren Bernardin Schiff Group 
    • Elissa Hewins, Social Security Admin
    • Tanya Schmitt, Heritage Federal Credit Union
    • Jim Thomas, German American Bank
    • Amber Heath, ECHO Community Health Care
  • Clay Ellerbrook, Hafer
  • Stephen Ralph, Evansville Christian Life Center
  • Kelsey Blackgrave, Deaconess Health Systems
  • Andrew Cope, Liberty Federal Credit Union
  • Zach Martin, Woodward Realty
  • Joshua Trockman, Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP
  • Randy Goodwin, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 136
  • Elliott Kavanaugh, First Bank
  • Shelbie Gray, Child Therapy Lab
  • Murphy Hall, Southwestern Behavioral

Aurora Staff

Zachary Heronemus

Zachary Heronemus

Executive Director

Zachary Heronemus, MPA, was appointed Executive Director by the Board of Directors and joined Aurora, Inc. in January 2020. He leads the agency’s strategic direction, serves as the chief development officer, and supports its team of professionals who work to prevent and end homelessness in Evansville and the surrounding community. These efforts include Aurora’s valued Rapid-Rehousing, Re-Entry, Permanent Supportive Housing, Housing First, Diversion, and Homeless Street Outreach Programs.


Stephanie Hinton

Finance & HR Director


Danette Romines

Director of Programs


Sierra Riordan, BSW

Assistant Program Director


Sophie Hancock

Marketing & Development Associate


Kim Armstrong

Resource Development Officer


Susan Steinkamp

Crisis Intervention Specialist


Rai Elrod

Housing First Case Manager


Rose Duran

Re-Entry Team Lead


Nana Wing

Re-Entry Case Manager


Patty Pyle

Claims & Compliance Officer


Natasha Goodge, MSW

Outreach Team Lead


Carrie Burress, MSW

Outreach Case Manager


Cher'Rita Horne

Outreach Case Manager


Sherry Swope

Beacon PSH Program Coordinator


Jesse Vanhooser

Housing Support Programs Coordinator


Amanda Farmer

Homeless Prevention & Diversion Case Manager


Madelyn Priar

Housing Crisis Intervention Specialist

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Haley Keown, BSW

Housing Crisis Intervention Specialist

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Teresa Goodrich

Rapid Re-Housing Case Manager


Rapid Re-Housing Case Manager


Katie Kreager

Vision 1505 Team Lead

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Jessica McKeethen

Vision 1505 Case Manager

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Brandi Scott

Vision 1505 Community Engagement

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Beverly Combs

Housing First Case Manager


 Racial Justice Statement

Aurora, Inc. is committed to the principle that all persons shall have equal access to programs, facilities, services, and employment without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications as determined by Aurora’s policy and/or applicable laws. Aurora prohibits discrimination, harassment and bullying against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religion, gender, sexual or affectional orientation, gender identity, appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, marital status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. Aurora expects that its employees, volunteers, and Board of Directors, when and where ever those individuals are conducting business or participating in events or activities, shall maintain an environment free of discrimination, including harassment, bullying, or retaliation. In carrying out this mission and in carrying out fiduciary responsibilities, Aurora recognizes the dignity of individuals and the strengths and resources they possess to contribute to the homeless and other economically disadvantaged persons in seeking solutions for homelessness without regard to race, creed, color, gender, familial status, or national origin. 

Financial Accountability

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