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.
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Core Beliefs

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

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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.
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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
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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

Robert Bernardin, President

Robert Bernardin, President

Boren Bernardin Schiff Group

Chadd Huffman, Vice President

Chadd Huffman, Vice President

Homes by Huffman

Stephanie Stone, Treasurer

Stephanie Stone, Treasurer

Old National Bank

Paul Green, Secretary

Paul Green, Secretary

Retired Business Manager/ Financial Secretary at IBEW Local 16

Members of the Board

    • David Byrley, CenterPoint Energy
    • Elissa Hewins, Social Security Admin
    • Sr. Maureen Houlihan, Daughters of Charity
    • Jim Thomas, German American Bank
    • Amber Heath, ECHO Community Health Care
  • Clay Ellerbrook, Morley Corp
  • Stephen Ralph, Evansville Christian Life Center
  • Chaz Halsell, Fifth Third Bank
  • Tami Osbourne, ORG Chem Group
  • Kelsey Blackgrave, Deaconess Health Systems
  • Joshua Trockman, Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP
  • Mary Reese, Berry Global, Inc.
  • Melinda Roberts, University of Southern Indiana
  • Elliott Kavanaugh, First Bank
  • Kimberly Johns, German American
  • David Byrley, CenterPoint Energy
  • Elissa Hewins, Social Security Admin
  • Clay Ellerbrook, Morley Corp
  • Stephen Ralph, Evansville Christian Life Center
  • Chaz Halsell, Fifth Third Bank
  • Tim Kempf, Community Member
  • Joshua Trockman, Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP
  • Mary Reese, Berry Global, Inc.
  • Melinda Roberts, University of Southern Indiana
  • Sr. Maureen Houlihan, Daughters of Charity

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.

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Stephanie Hinton

Finance & HR Director

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Danette Romines

Director of Programs

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Susan Steinkamp

Assistant Program Director

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Nathan Jochum

Marketing, Communications & Special Events Coordinator

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Crystal Arnwine

Grants & Resource Development Officer

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Housing First Team Lead

Brandi Scott

Housing First Case Manager

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Rose Duran

Re-Entry Team Lead

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Nana Wing

Re-Entry Case Manager

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Patty Pyle

Claims & Compliance Officer

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Natasha Goodge

Outreach Team Lead

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Carrie Burress

Outreach Case Manager

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Cher'Rita Horne

Outreach Case Manager

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Jess Soucy

SOAR Case Manager

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Jesse Vanhooser

Prevention/Diversion Program Coordinator

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Ashley Sanfilippo

Beacon PSH Program Coordinator

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Rapid Re-Housing Team Lead

Bridgette Howerton

Rapid Re-Housing Case Manager

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Gina Robinson Ungar

Rapid Re-Housing Case Manager

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Sophie Hancock

Claims Specialist

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Sierra Riordan

Vision 1505 Team Lead

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Katie Kreager

Vision 1505 Case Manager

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Marlee Pittmann

Vision 1505 Case Manager / Community Engagement Specialist

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Receptionist

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