Aurora Community Services was “born” on April 18, 1986, in Menomonie, Wisconsin. On this day, Dave Barnard and Jim Neuman - the two founders of Aurora Community Services - stood in the rain at an auction, waiting to bid on two beds for the new residential home they were opening in the community.
Dave and Jim stood in the rain because they were committed to a unique vision of serving people with disabilities. They believed that those with disabilities deserved to live in the communities of their choosing and that support programs should be built around them and support their individual needs. Not finding this type of support widely available, they left their jobs in a local health facility where they had worked together for years and launched Aurora Community Services.
Since that first day in 1986, Aurora has grown from a single organization with two employees into a diverse family of companies with a thousand employees and one hundred management staff. Despite this growth however, Aurora remains committed to “building programs around people” regardless of what service or resource is being provided.
Our Family of Companies
Aurora Community Services (ACS)
ACS is the Aurora umbrella company under which the other companies reside. The Aurora Community Services headquarters building is in Menomonie, Wisconsin.
Aurora Residential Alternatives (ARA)
ARA was founded in 1986 and has almost 25 years experience in providing compassionate and professional residential alternatives for individuals with developmental disabilities, chronic mental illness, and traumatic brain injuries. ARA provides homes for more than 350 individuals through 90 residential homes statewide and emphasizes that programs should serve people and be customized for each individual.
Aurora Community Health (ACH)
ACH is a state licensed, Medicaid/Medicare certified Home Health Agency, which began services in 1996. Our registered Nurses have a combination of 25 years nursing experience with varied populations, including developmental disabilities, chronic mental illness, traumatic brain injury as well as the frail elderly. ACH community based (versus hospital based) work history, has made each nurse a strong advocate for individuals living in the community.
Aurora Community Counseling (ACC)
ACC was established in 1996. ACC currently operates state licensed outpatient mental health clinics in the following communities, Eau Claire, Menomonie, New Richmond, Ladysmith, Siren, Plover, and Spooner. ACC therapists work with individuals, couples, families, groups, and employees. Therapist specialties include AODA, brain injuries, and military issues.
Aurora Vocational Services (AVS)
Aurora has provided vocational services since 1998 and, due to unprecedented growth, AVS was organized as a separate company in 2009. AVS provides individualized vocational services to assist individuals in obtaining employment which matches their skill levels. AVS contracts with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and several county agencies to provide employment assessments, job placement, and vocational coaching. ARA also operates six Day Service Centers throughout the state where consumers learn life skills like meal preparation and vocational skills which can be used in the workplace.
Aurora Integrated Management (AIM)
AIM Wisconsin originated in 2009 and consists of the management group for Aurora Community Services. Aurora’s management is a diverse and experienced group of professionals with backgrounds in medical, mental health, and business fields.
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