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Aurora House

Children and Youth Community Residence

Aurora House is a Youth Community Residence treatment program for children and adolescents with mental health diagnoses and SED (Severely Emotionally Disturbed) classification. Aurora House is a co-ed, 24-hour supervised facility that houses a maximum of eight adolescents, ages 12-17. The treatment period is estimated to be from six months to one year. Youth attend school, work, volunteer, activities, and appointments within the local community.

Referrals are accepted from local mental health providers and area inpatient psychiatric units, the Department of Social Services, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, families and other service providers. The community residence is part of the western region "catchment" area, and provides services to youth from Niagara County and the surrounding counties of Western New York State. Our guiding principle is to provide a community based structured living setting that relies on competent 24-hour staff and a continuum of support from parents, local service providers, educators and other resources. The staffing component consists of the Program Manager, Clinical Manager, Program Specialist, Family Peer Advocates, Team Leaders, Special Needs Youth Care Workers, and Overnight Workers.

Program services focus on individualized service care plans, education, therapy, daily and independent living skill instruction, medical management, and self-awareness of youth disabilities. The goal for every youth is to establish and achieve personal growth that will enable them to return to their families and localities, independent living or chosen housing goal, as soon as appropriate.

Check out Aurora House by clicking on the walk-through video below (click the square at the bottom to view full screen):


By The Numbers...

In 2023, Community Missions provided:

12,108 nights of shelter

178,696 meals

2,780 individuals with clothing

3,562 care days in Youth Services

43,388 care days in Recovery Services

72,302 care days in Housing Services

467 reflections & resources for Faith Development


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