The Century 16 Theater Shooting on July 20, 2012 stunned Aurora, Colorado, and the nation – the ripple effects can still be felt today. The 7/20 Recovery Committee is committed to promoting healing and ensuring that our community remains as strong and resilient as ever. To accomplish this, we are raising public awareness about the common signs of post-traumatic stress – a very normal reaction to abnormal, traumatic events – and continue to inform people of the services available to help understand and manage their reactions. Recognizing these signs and knowing what steps to take is vital to maintaining a supportive, healthy community. The 7/20 Recovery Committee is dedicated to providing leadership in developing a coordinated and unified effort through education and outreach, trauma support, and connecting people and resources – steps that will keep Aurora – and Colorado – on the road to recovery.
The Aurora Strong Community Resilience Center opened to the public on Thursday, July 11, officially opening its doors to all Aurora residents who have been affected by trauma, or who simply want to learn resilience and coping skills to prepare themselves for unexpected trauma. The Resilience Center is located at 1298 Peoria St., Aurora, CO, 80011, in the garden level of the former Hoffman Heights library. For more information, please call 303-739-1580. For a schedule of classes offered at the Resilience Center, please click here.
What is the Aurora Strong Resilience Center?
- A place of healing--it is about building resilience--helping people adapt to change, stress and trauma in healthy and flexible ways
- A community-based place where people can connect with others and participate in free services
What kind of services does the Resilience Center offer?
- One-on-one and group counseling
- Health and Wellness classes
- Art, music, writing
- Yoga, meditation, movement and exercise
- Connecting victims with community resources
Who are the community partners?
- Aurora Mental Health Center
- City of Aurora Parks, Recreation and Open Space
- City of Aurora Library and Cultural Services
- Anschutz Wellness Center
- COVA--Colorado Organization for Victims Assistance
What is the cost for services?
- All services are free for all Aurora residents
It's important to remember that there are many resources for those in our community who are experiencing any of the common signs of traumatic stress, including trouble sleeping, difficulty concentrating, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, feelings of fear or anxiety, irritability or moodiness, or wanting to withdraw from friends or family. Visit the Aurora Strong Trauma Recovery website to learn more about traumatic stress and how to overcome it. To speak with a trained counselor, call 303-617-2300 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Please click the link below to see an interview with Dr. Mara Kailin from Aurora Mental Health, who provides helpful information on how to recognize if a loved one is coping with their feelings in a healthy or unhealthy way, and how they can seek help.
As the 7/20 Recovery Committee continues to gain attention in the media and elsewhere, we are happy to share that over 600 unique visitors have contributed to an impressive 2,840 page views. Today, 22% of our website visitors are returners. Thank you for your support and interest in helping Aurora, Colorado, take steps towards the road to recovery.