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____ Wednesday December 9, 2015 ____



Waterloo Duplex Being Converted into Women's Dry Housing

Waterloo - Emmanuel United Church is converting a Church-owned duplex on Dorset Street into a dry home for women recovering from substance abuse. This will be the first dry supportive housing for women in Waterloo Region. Once the home is renovated, The House of Friendship and The Working Centre will provide rehabilitation supports to the tenants.

The home will be named Vera’s Place after Vera Armour, an early supporter of women within our community, and will provide safe housing for six women as they transition back into the community.
Fundraising has begun. We need to raise $350,000 to completely renovate the duplex space. This goal is off to a great start with 30% of the money already raised for Vera’s Place. Judy and Bob Astley have generously donated $100,000! With another donation from Joonim Presbyterian Church we are well on our way to our target.

These first donations signify the beginning of Vera's Place becoming a reality. Every donation and effort made toward Vera's Place will demonstrate the support for those in our community who need it.
There is significant need for transitional dry housing in the community. As the first women’s dry house in Waterloo Region, Vera’s Place will provide a service that is in high demand.

For an individual leaving a treatment facility, everyday living can be overwhelming. With many distractions and temptations in other forms of housing, their recovery is threatened every day. One way to control the temptation is to provide a safe, stable, and comfortable living situation for these women who are recovering.

Along with those already involved in the project, businesses and individuals are invited to join us on our mission as we fundraise for the remaining $248,000 necessary to renovate Vera’s Place and open the doors. Visit for more information and to donate.

Emmanuel United Church
22 Bridgeport Road W.
Waterloo, ON N2L 273

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