NONPROFITS | Aurora nonprofit to arrange a facility for refugee and immigrant communities information
The Worthmore Nonprofit Aurora Project is acquiring property for a new facility, The Roots, which provides vital services to immigrants and refugees.
Once opened, the facility will provide dental services, English courses, grocery access programs, and affordable office and retail space for other business-minded businesses.
“Our vision for The Roots is a place that anchors our community in this neighborhood of East Colfax and serves as a resource for the entire neighborhood,” said Frank Anello, founder of Project Worthmore.
The Worthmore Project started as a makeshift response to help local refugees in 2009. It has expanded to include services such as English and citizenship classes, a five-chair dental clinic, and community farm and food share.
With the new stationary location, the non-profit organization intends to expand all current activities.
The new facility is expected to house a 10-chair dental clinic, two classrooms for English language learning, a communal kitchen and space for grocery sharing, events and office / retail for local entrepreneurs.
“The clients we serve have so much uncertainty to deal with, but now they can rest assured that Project Worthmore is there for them for as long as they need us,” said Anello.
The 17,000 square foot property is located on 1666 Elmira Street between City Park and Crawford Elementary School.
The Worthmore Project is buying the property for $ 1,275,000 after raising $ 440,000 for down payment. Anello hopes to raise the remaining funds before the deadline in early April.
The organization also estimates that $ 3 million will be needed for renovations and equipment.
Anello believes the number of people in need of Project Worthmore’s services will soon increase due to rising rental costs and the displacement of residents in nearby neighborhoods.
Donations to Project Worthmore are accepted at projectworthmore.org.