Support Vera House North

The 20th annual Vera House North gathering will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday Oct. 18. Hosts Jan and Tony Greco invite the public to join them at their home at 105 Coachman's Whip in Baldwinsville.

The Grecos hosted the first Vera House North Gathering in December 1989 and have kindly opened their beautiful home again for the 20th anniversary celebration.

"Everyone at Vera House is sincerely grateful for Jan and Tony's generosity and gracious spirit," said Meg Van Patten. "We hope [the public] will join us for the open house and enjoy a lovely autumn afternoon."

Named for Sister Mary Vera, Vera House North is an emergency shelter, which has been in operation since 1990 by Vera House, Inc. The shelter services the northwestern portion of Onondaga County and provides assistance to victims of domestic violence.

Former residents summed up the value of the work performed at Vera House when they said, "Somebody up there guided us here, because he knew that you could help us in so many ways. Make us feel secure, loved and give us the friendship and family love that we left behind." Another former resident said, "[I was] so greatly assisted by all the volunteers and staff to help me end a dependent relationship that damaged my self-esteem and independence. You've given me back my life."

For more information or to make a donation, contact Chris Benton cbenton@verahouse.org.

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