Robert L. Robinson was born and raised in California until his cross country move to the Motor City in 2,000. Two years later he settled his eyes on the Buckeye State and has called Toledo home since.
Robert’s professional background launched as an accountant where he audited governmental agencies and eventually earning his CPA and directing his attention to accounting systems. Today Robert can be found serving as a systems manager for a local company.
Robert enjoys connecting in the community and assists The Toledo Sports Network as media support and a contributor on the Saturday morning radio show. He can be found on the golf course and considers himself a sports nut. Robert is an accomplished chef and even ran his own catering business in the 1980’s driving his success by the mantra “a good sauce will cover most anything.”
In 2006 Robert began his commitment to The Aurora Project via the advice of his wife Christine. For the next few years he supported Aurora’s initiatives financially until a visit he made to the house in December of 2008. During this visit, Robert met Denise F. Fox, the Executive Director and in January 2009 he joined the board of directors.
Robert’s vision for the future of Aurora:
“The future is extremely bright for Aurora. During the recent economic downturn, Aurora was able to identify and secure funds from new sources and exercised strong management of its expenses. The result is a solvent agency which has remained true to its mission.”
“In addition, Aurora has risen to the forefront of the discussion of homelessness through some innovative partnering efforts. At a time that homelessness Agencies were seeing the quest to secure and maintain governmental funding become a “zero sum game”, Aurora bucked the trend and sought to partner with the very agencies that some believed to be their competitors in an effort to share services and co-write funding requests. The result is the Homeless Services Partnership (HSP) with Family House, Bethany House and Catholic Charities – LaPosada. This partnership is a model not just for homeless shelters, but for any agencies looking to stretch their service dollars.”
“Aurora has also partnered with Penta Career Center to develop a program through which the residents can obtain their GED or receive training to improve their skills. On still another front, Aurora is currently seeking to work with its neighbors to improve the area where it resides. Completion of the renovation of the property at 529 Elm Street is the first step in a bold plan to enhance the look, feel and safety of the neighborhood as a whole. Aurora has not only survived tough times, but it has thrived, due to an exceptional staff, an engaged board and the vision of Denise Fox. In the year of the agency’s 30th Anniversary, look for Aurora to continue its “outside the box thinking” as it not only continues as a thought leader in the fight against homelessness, but strives to be a good neighbor and valuable member of the Toledo (and Northwest Ohio) community.”