We would like to share a few things about the history and work of the Anchor Canadian Reformed Association for the Handicapped, aka Anchor Association. Some of you are quite familiar with our Association, especially if you live near one of our group homes and have met our residents here and there. Others may be less familiar with the history of the 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 Dordt.


In 1976 a group of Canadian Reformed parents met in Hamilton 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 at their parental homes, some in an institution, others in government run group homes and a few were with Christian Horizons and Homestead.

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 organization was started to support individuals with developmental disabilities, and depending on the availability of appropriate support, individuals with mental disabilities have also joined the homes.


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 +/-60 volunteers have the opportunity to enjoy 12 days at the beautiful Campfire property in Markdale, Ontario. Through the years we can see the faithfulness of the Lord.


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


First home opened: Anchor Home in Beamsville


Second home opened: Twin Oaks in Burlington


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


Third home opened: Beacon Home in Dunnville


Fourth home opened: The Lighthouse in Fergus


Fifth home opened: Harbour Home in Hamilton

Contact Us

Head Office

Administrative Address:
Anchor Association
361 Thirty Road
Grimsby, ON L3M 0L1
Tel: 905-563-6524
Fax: (1) 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: 519-­341-­4396
Manager: Jeannette Bos

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

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