Emergency Help for Aurora Residents
Aurora Interfaith Community Services
Our Supporting Churches:
Aurora Calvary Church
Aurora First Presbyterian Church
Aurora First United Methodist Church
Aurora Hills Baptist Church
Bahai Assembly of Aurora
Bethel Lutheran Church
Burns Memorial United Methodist Church
Central Christian Church
Christ the Savior Lutheran Church
Community of Christ - Aurora Congregation
Faith Presbyterian Church
Heather Gardens Chapel
Holy Love Lutheran Church
Hope Lutheran Church
Living Water Church
Mississippi Avenue Baptist Church
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
Mountain View United Church
New Hope Community Church
Parkview Congregational Church
Peace with Christ Lutheran Church
Smoky Hill United Methodist Church
South Fulton Street Church of Christ
St Mark's Lutheran Church
St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church
St. Paul Presbyterian Church
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
2013 Service Report:
As of December 31, 2013, AITF served:
People Total Cost Service Description
4,799 $215,630 Food and Toiletries
1,199 $218,909 Clothing, Household Goods, and Layettes
577 $67,197 Utility Assistance
115 $1,000 Bus Tickets
283 $835 Diapers
24 $432 Prescription Assistance
5,401 $20,572 Books, Toys, Personal Goods, & School Supplies
12,398 $524,575 Total Services (In kind = $455,946, monitary assistance = $68,629)
We need volunteers to help do the inventory of clothing and food on Saturday, December 12. The more the merrier and the inventory will go faster. Call 303-360-9938 to let us know if you can come or if you have any questions.
Coffee at 9:30 AM with tour of the facility.
Work begins at 10:00 AM.
Children under 10 are not invited; children over 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Our address is 1553 Clinton St, Aurora, CO.
How to Donate:
For in-kind goods:
Monday, Tuesday, and Friday: 08:30AM - 1:30PM
Wednesday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
In 1968, there was a great need for a united effort to provide assistance to residents of Aurora who were hungry and in need. The women of Aurora Church Women United, at that time consisting of seven local churches, began collecting food and clothing from their congregations and friends, with churches providing rooms for storage. Receiving guidance from Interfaith Task Force in Littleton, the organization called itself Interfaith Task Force of Aurora. It provided food, clothing, furniture, transportation, and "adopt-a-grandparent" and "big friend/little friend" services to clients referred by churches, schools, and other agencies.
As the needs in Aurora grew, more churches joined the effort and on February 24, 1975, the organization incorporated as Aurora Interchurch Task Force, Inc. Supported by 14 churches and in donated space, Aurora Interchurch began its service to the citizens of Aurora in earnest.
By the mid-1980's, Aurora Interchurch Task Force had outgrown the donated space. It began a two-year funding drive to purchase its own building. With the help of the City of Aurora Community Development Office, AITF purchased the facility at 1553 Clinton where it continues its work to service those in need. In 2014 the board was reconstituted to consist of a more diverse and community oriented representation. The new board has rebranded and is now doing business as Aurora Interfaith Community Services (AICS).
What we do:
Aurora Interfaith Community Services (AICS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides substantive emergency assistance to the residents of Aurora. All assistance is provided through telephone interviews to determine need and by appointment only. AICS provides assistance such as groceries, clothing, layettes, utility payment assistance when EOC funding is available, emergency medication funds, bus tickets when available, and school supplies for children.
AICS does not charge a fee to clients. In accordance with Federal law, this nonprofit emergency relief agency does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, or any other classification. This policy applies to all employees, contractors, and clients.
Our Building before new Paint Job
Case Manager Comments:
Approximately 25% of AICS's program participants are coming for the first time. Our case manager follows up with them to refer them to other human service providers as needed.
In mid-August, our case manager,Darlene, suffered a stroke and is currently recovering well. In the interim Gloria Lee was hired an additional case manager. She has strong qualifications dealing with disadvantaged youth and adults..
This is where you can securely donate to AICS
using your credit card.
How to Volunteer:
In 2014, Aurora Interfaith Community Services helped 5,858 people with food, and 1,421 people were served with clothing. This would have not been possible without the help of our 41 dedicated volunteers who worked a total of 4,900 hours service and one technical volunteer who worked a total of 60 hours on this website and our database. We greatly value our volunteers and the good they do for our community.
If you or a family member wish to volunteer, please contact us at:
Our email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our phone: 303-360-0260.
There are opportunities for single-day events and ongoing volunteer activities. Ongoing time commitments can be tailored to suit our and your needs.
Here are several anonymous comments from our Client Satisfaction Survey. We note that there have been no negative comments since the client choice pantry opened on 16 July.
Everyone in here is an "Angel". They saved us! We will now have a Christmas.
Thank you a million times.
Thank you for this help. My husband recently lost his job & things have been ruff,
with trying to come up with rent. So this food was very helpful to us.
Everyone at the pantry was extremely nice & caring. They were truly concerned
about my situation and my family.... a blessing to me and my family. My
husband and I are disabled & having a hard time right now. May God bestow
bountiful blessings upon you!
June 2014, from R. T.: I am very thankful for the help you gave me at Christmas
time for my family when I had lost my job. ... I want to donate this $600. Please
use it as you see fit.
May 2014, from H. J.: Some people may take advantage of the support and
services you offer. But I want to tell you thank you for providing HOPE, hope in
the middle of an economic crisis. Please always remember that it is in the giving
of your time, love, and energy, that you receive answers to your own prayers.
Thank you again for lending hands and open hearts and providing light in times
that may seem dark.
March 2014, from an anonymous mother from Gateway Battered Women's Shelter:
Came for clothing and was very surprised and delighted when she received a
layette for her five-week-old baby. Layettes include baby clothes, hand-made
blankets, bottles, toys, diapers, wipes, and other necessities; are assembled by
our volunteers for girls or boys; and are valued at $250.
November 2013, from RC: A letter, with a check for a cosiderable amount, stated
"In September I came to you with nothing but the clothes on my back, fresh out
of prison and alone. You gave me food, dishes, clothes and even a can opener
so I could open the cans of soup. You loved me and cared about me when so
few others would. You were the manifestation of Christ's love I so dearly needed.
Thank you for being obedient to the Holy Spirit! I am now in an apartment and
thanks to your prayer...(and) one of you saints, I am gainfully employed....please
accept this offering to God as a small token of my gratitude. May God multiply it
a hundred fold to bless your ministry. May he also return to each of you
individually the blessing you were to me seven times over."
October 2012, from DA: A note of thanks for this life line you've given me. Please
know I truly appreciate everything and count you truly as an angel when I truly
needed one. Your kindness and compassion came at a time when I was loosing
faith in mankind. [Your volunteer] made me feel so much better with kind words.