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In the beginning….

It was the belief of Aurora House founder, Sandie Ville that her community was in need of a project that it could embrace as it’s own.  Having experienced the compassionate generosity of volunteers at a comfort home in the area, Sandie felt led first to volunteer in a caregiver role, but then to bring the gift of a comfort home to the communities at the western edge of Monroe County.   She stepped outside her comfort zone and began talking to friends, neighbors, community leaders, and hospice agencies to bring her dream to reality.

Aurora House was incorporated in March 2007 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.   Our property, located at 2495  S. Union Street in Spencerport, was a gift of the Ogden Presbyterian Church.  This generous donation in conjunction with unfailing support from our community led the way to the construction of our home.  In September, 2009, digging began for the foundation of the Aurora House.  The time, talents, donations, and financial contributions of hundred of volunteers allowed us to open the doors to our first resident on September 22, 2010.  Built by the community, for the community, Aurora House served 22 families during its first year of operation.

After seven years of dedication and sacrifice, Sandie Ville stepped back for a well deserved rest and time to renew.  Her visionary leadership provided a precious gift to the communities in western Monroe County.  Her generosity allowed her to say, “It’s yours.”  Aurora House doesn’t feel the same without Sandie, but we are committed that her gift will be cared for and carried forward.  A Founder’s Plaque honors her contribution to the creation of Aurora House.