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Vera House North Gathering celebrates 21 years

Vera House, Inc., a local not-for-profit working to end and domestic and sexual violence in Central New York, will conduct its 21st Annual Vera House North Gathering at the home of Dr. Randal and Stephanie Boivin, 8292 Luchsinger Lane in Baldwinsville. The open house will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday Oct. 17.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the services offered by Vera House North. Vera House North is a nine-bed emergency shelter established in 1990 to serve victims of domestic violence. The program targets its services to residents of the northwestern part of Onondaga County. In addition to shelter, the program provides counseling, support and court advocacy. With the support of local individuals and organizations, Vera House North is able to assist women and their families who are fleeing abusive situations.

"I am truly grateful for the compassion, professionalism and nonjudgmental attitude of the staff of Vera House. They empowered me to do the things I needed to do to get my life back on track. I learned how strong of a person I really am," said one resident. "Being at Vera House was the safest that my children and I had felt in a very long time."

If you interested in supporting Vera House North but unable to attend the gathering, donations can be sent to Vera House, Inc., 6181 Thompson Road, Suite 100, Syracuse, NY 13206.

Vera House works to end domestic and sexual violence in our community through various programs and services. The agency provides a 24-hour crisis, support and information line and emergency shelter to ensure that women and children are safe from violence. Actively engaged in domestic and sexual violence education and training in the community, Vera House offers counseling and advocacy services for victims of domestic and sexual violence and to children who witness abuse. For more information about Vera House, visit verahouse.org.

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