About Vera’s Place
Let’s Build It Together
In partnership with the House of Friendship, we are converting our Dorset Street duplex into a dry house for women recovering from substance abuse. This will be the first home of its kind in Waterloo Region and one of the first in Ontario.
We are calling it “Vera’s Place”.
This name was chosen in memory of Vera Armour, the mother of Judy Astley. Vera was born in Brandon, Manitoba in 1918, and later lived in Hespeler. Vera Armour lived her early life in Hespeler and raised four children in Waterloo Region. She believed in supporting women on their life journey. As a home to support and nurture women on a journey to recovery, Vera’s Place is a fitting tribute.
Bob and Judy Astley have launched our fundraising efforts by contributing $100,000 towards our $350,000 project goal. The funds raised will support a complete renovation that will include a modern heating system, updated insulation and two new kitchens. This will go a long way in helping to create a warm and safe living space for six women as they transition back into their community.
Emmanuel will provide and maintain the property while the House of Friendship and the Working Centre will support the tenants. The Church/Agency model has been used successfully by Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church to establish a dry house for men in Kitchener.
Who we are
Emmanuel United Church
Emmanuel has a long tradition of providing community, shelter and hope in Waterloo through outreach, worship and fellowship. Emmanuel United Church began as an Evangelical United Brethren congregation in Waterloo in 1849 and it is one of the oldest congregations in Waterloo. Emmanuel joined the United Church of Canada in 1968. The Emmanuel Church property hosts a variety of faith communities as well as other community groups on a weekly basis. Emmanuel continues to look outside its walls to be an engaged member of the community.
House of Friendship
House of Friendship is a charitable social service agency that annually serves over 42,000 women, men, youth and children living on low income. Program areas include addition services, community services, family services and residential services. The House of Friendship was founded in 1939 and its core values are inspired by Christian faith. Emmanuel United Church is one of many other local service agencies, churches of various religions, and multiple faith groups with whom the House of Friendship works to carry out its mission in Waterloo Region.
The Working Centre was established in the spring of 1982 as a response to unemployment and poverty in downtown Kitchener. The Working Centre’s main projects give people access to tools to create their own work combined with continuous ways of learning and co-operating. Emmanuel United Church successfully launched the Bridgeport Café with the help of the Working Centre.
$40,000 or more ………..Builder’s Circle
$20,000 or more ………..Community Renovators
$10,000 or more ………..Recovery Assistants
$5,000 or more ………….Helping Hands
Others …………………….Friends of Vera’s Place
Or, mail a cheque made out to “Emmanuel United Church” marked “Vera’s Place” to:
Emmanuel United Church
22 Bridgeport Rd W,
Waterloo, ON N2L 2Y3