About Us

What is the Aurora Strong Resilience Center?

We all experience trauma in our lives, from every day changes and challenges to serious losses.

Resilience is the capacity to withstand those stresses and catastrophes.

Resilience is rooted in a tenacity of spirit—a determination to embrace all that makes life worth living even in the face of overwhelming odds.  We all react to trauma differently, there is no right or wrong way to respond.  Resilience is something that can be learned and fostered and that is why the Resilience Center is here.

Much of our resilience comes from community—from the relationships that allow us to lean on each other for support when we need it.

The Aurora Strong Resilience Center was developed by a caring community, to provide the support necessary to build resilience in those who are coping with traumatic stress.

Aurora Strong helps to give the tools and skills necessary to grow your personal resilience.  The Center is a safe haven that was specifically designed to be open and approachable, offering:

One on one and group Counseling

Wellness and Recreational Classes

Art and Music Classes

We help connect victims/survivors to the Resources they may need

The Center is a gathering place that belongs to this community, it is open to all of Aurora, anyone who is trying to cope with trauma….it is a place of healing.

The Center is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10-6:00pm  Tuesday and Thursday 12-8:00pm  and Saturdays from 9:00 – 3:00pm.

This is a very important day, truly a milestone.  Please take advantage of the possibilities here, give us your feedback and your suggestions and help us to genuinely make a difference.  In a few weeks you will see our new signs and on July 20th for our Remembrance Day Service Project we will have volunteers working in the garden at the entry to the Center.  The garden entry will be a peaceful space for visitors to spend time as well as an enticing entry to Aurora Strong.

What is the 7/20 Recovery Committee?

The 7/20 Recovery Committee’s mission is to provide leadership in developing a coordinated community-wide effort that addresses the long-term impact of the July 20, 2012 (7/20) tragedy at Century 16 theater in Aurora. The committee includes representatives from non-profit service providers, community foundations, business, government, education and the faith community.


Why the 7/20 Recovery Committee?

We know that mass tragedies have a tremendous impact on the immediate victims and their families, as well as the broader community as a whole. Studies from similar violent events over the past two decades tell the story:


 Cases of PTSD and anxiety disorders can increase by as much as 30 percent

 Up to 43 percent of those who experience PTSD will struggle with substance abuse

 Adolescents with PTSD are four times more likely to experience alcohol abuse

 Requests for counseling and mental health therapy skyrocket


Following the 7/20 Century 16 theater shooting, within the first six weeks alone, Aurora Mental Health experienced a 233 percent increase in calls for help.

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