History Timeline

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