Our Philosophy

ARA has provided supportive and assisted living services for individuals for over 30 years, always working under the philosophy of helping each person reach their highest level of independence and quality of life. We believe that the best way to attain these goals is by creating the most homelike and least restrictive environment possible for each person. We feel that frequent community integration is of utmost importance. The ability to have choice in every aspect of their life-including what their schedule looks like, when they eat, where they go, what they do for recreation, and what their life goals are-is the basis for success. We are here to support each individual in living the life they want in the way they want to live it.

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Our Leadership

Mandria Mouw, BS-VR, CBIS
Regional Coordinator 


Mandria is the regional coordinator for Aurora’s Colorado program. She has worked with the senior population and individuals with disabilities, mental illness, or individuals with brain injury for the past 15 years. Mandria has spent time working one-on-one with individuals in addition to developing programs for each of these populations to help them develop skills to improve their quality of life, become more independent, and to cope with the challenges that come with having a disability.

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Our People

Our highly experienced and compassionate team strives daily to encourage our participants to lead happy, healthy, and functionally independent lives. Our life skills trainers are experienced in acquired brain injury, behavioral health, and elder care. All staff are carefully chosen based upon their experience, personality, warmth, and compassion.

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About Us

Aurora Residential Alternatives (ARA) was founded in 1986 in Wisconsin to provide high quality, individualized, community-based services to individuals requiring supportive services. In 2009, Aurora brought that same vision of services to Colorado. Our commitment to community-based living, expert case management, and innovative brain injury care have earned us a solid reputation for providing comprehensive care to persons who have experienced a brain injury (including strokes) or who live with dementia. ​