History Timeline

2021 – The top three floors of House on the Rock were remodeled and a museum of Romanian arts and crafts was created by Mark and Raluca Tudose.  The museum opened in July.

2021 – Work on the top floor of the Veritas Family Center building was completed and English Camp was held in the new space in late June and early July.

2020 – On March 12 Veritas programs and International Cafe closed due to the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic and remained closed until September.

2019 – Preschool program was temporarily closed. The number of students was not consistent enough to run the program, and we did not have a qualified teacher. The remaining children were helped to find an alternate kindergarten program in Sighisoara.

2017 – 2020   Veritas worked with the Sighisoara City Hall, the Miron Neagu elementary school, and Centru de Resurse Comunitare Pentru Romi ( Resource Center for Roma Communities) received a grant for European funds to address needs of medical and social services, job training, housing, education and anti-discrimination training. Grant work began in October, 2017 and continued through July of 2020.

2017- Received Centrul de zi pentru Copii licensure; 5-year license covering all children and youth programs  (Standards to receive license include building, staff, work with local government, and interventions plans.)

2016 – First public funds secured to support Veritas children’s programs. Licensing obtained at the national level for social services.

2012 –  Accreditation from Mures County renewed for programs for children and families, elderly, persons with special needs and victims of domestic violence

2012 –  Move to new Family Center Building, amidst ongoing renovations and refurbishing.

2011 – Land and buildings purchased for a new Family Center – Veritas programs had long outgrown original center.

2010 – Petronia Popa becomes the first Romanian Executive Director of Veritas. Dorothy Tarrant named honorary citizen of Sighisoara.

2009 – County accreditation for social services renewed

2006 – First accreditation of social services received from Mures County

2003 – Program to combat domestic violence started with funds from USAID. There was a community- wide public awareness campaign, and a referral network of professionals established to respond to families in crisis.

2002 – International Café opened at House on the Rock. First annual Traditional Craft Fair.

2001 – Grant received from USAID (United States Agency for International Development) to develop educational services at House on the Rock.  House on the Rock dedicated. A series of events to celebrate Advent is started; the Candle Walk and Ecumenical Carol concert have since become community traditions.

2001 – Veritas legally registered as a Romanian NGO; Romanian Board of Directors created

2000 – First group of high school students trained to give tours of the historic town center.

1999 – Program started to provide social support for adults with special needs.

1998 – House on the Rock purchased to serve as center for education, community development and intercultural exchange. American Advisory Board established.

1997 – Original Family Center building purchased to house programs for disadvantaged children and families. First elderly club begun as a joint project with Sighisoara Church of the Nazarene.

1995 – Romanian Studies Program moves to Sighisoara.  Students work with abandoned children in local hospital, along with Romanian translators.  They reach out to poor children on the streets and isolated elderly.

1993 – Dorothy Tarrant comes to Romania and establishes the Romanian Studies Program