We would like to share a few things about the history of the Anchor Canadian Reformed Association for the Handicapped, also known as the  Anchor Association. We are a registered charity run by a Board of Directors. Our basis is Holy Scripture, as summarized in the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dort.


In 1976 a group of Canadian Reformed parents met in Hamilton, Ontario to discuss the possibility of setting up a home for the care and support of their children with special needs. Most of these individuals with a disability lived in their parental homes, while some lived in institutions or other group homes.

Over time, it became clear that there was a need for consistency. It was determined that, as an extension of the ministry of mercy, the church would assist in this care.

The Anchor Association was established seeking to support individuals with developmental disabilities, providing suitable housing in a group setting.


In 1980 Anchor Summer Camp was started to provide relief to parents and create an enjoyable time for the participants. Today some 60 participants with a disability, supported by as many volunteers, have the opportunity to enjoy 12 days at the beautiful Campfire! property in Markdale, Ontario.


Incorporated as the Anchor Canadian Reformed Association for the Handicapped, a registered charity.


First home opened: Anchor Home in Beamsville (now known as Grimsby), Ontario


Second home opened: Twin Oaks in Burlington, Ontario


The Anchor Association welcomed the United Reformed churches to its membership.


Third home opened: Beacon Home in Dunnville, Ontario


Fourth home opened: The Lighthouse in Fergus, Ontario


Fifth home opened: Harbour Home in Hamilton, Ontario

Contact Us

Head Office

Administrative Address:
Anchor Association
361 Thirty Road
Grimsby, ON L3M 0L1
Tel:  905-563-6524
Fax:  289-438-8657

Hannie Fledderus

Tanya DeJager

Executive Director:
Bert VanGoolen
Tel: 905-563-6524


Anchor Camp

Email: [email protected]

Jack & Marlene VanRootselaar
Tel: 289-880-6258

Helen Dorgeloos
Tel: 905-701-4577



Jim Kay

Arjaan de visser


Anchor Home
Phone: 905-­563-­8641
Manager: Marion Overbeek

Beacon Home
Phone: 905-­701-­4446
Manager: Marlene VanRootselaar

Harbour Home
Phone: 289-­426­-5141
Manager: Ewout Degelder

The Lighthouse
Phone: 519-­787-7725
Manager: Jeannette Bos

Twin Oaks
Phone: 905­-635­-4129
Manager: Grace Towe

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