I have hope now - that's such a wonderful, sunshine word. HOPE.

- Vera House client



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Mission & History

It is the mission of Vera House to end all domestic and sexual violence, to assist families in crisis, to support those affected by domestic and sexual violence to live safe, self-sufficient lives, to empower women and children, and to promote a culture of equality and respect in relationships.

On January 1, 2005, two agencies with similar missions, Rape Crisis Center & Vera House became one merging their programs and staff in order to provide the same quality services . . . "together for hope and healing". The merged Vera House, Inc. continues a 40-year tradition of quality service to the Central New York community. The mission statement reflects the history of both merged agencies.

Rape Crisis Center was founded in 1974 by committed volunteers who saw the need for crisis, support and advocacy services for adult rape survivors. This mission grew over the years to include services for child victims of sexual assault and their families, preventive education programming and a team of nurses who provide 24-hour response for victims of sexual assault.

Vera House was founded in 1977 by a group of concerned individuals led by Sister Mary Vera, CSJ who recognized the need for emergency sheltering services for women in crisis. This original mission blossomed into a wide range of domestic violence services including outreach and advocacy, domestic violence education programming, children's counseling, the Syracuse Area Domestic and Sexual Violence Coalition and a domestic violence education and accountability program for perpetrators of violence.

Vera House is incorporated under NYS law. Annual reports are available by writing to:
Office of the Attorney General
NYS Dept. of Law, Charities Bureau
120 Broadway
New York, NY 10271

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