See the old mansion that will become Vera House's new home

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - Vera House has outgrown its longtime location on Thompson Road and will move into a bigger, but older, facility on James Street next spring.

The building is an old mansion that eventually became home to Farone and Sons Funeral Home.

Vera House is renovating the space to fit the needs of its staff and clients, including turning open space into private counseling rooms.

Because of their mission to help women at the worst moment of their lives, Vera House wanted a space that's comfortable and welcoming.

Standing in what will become the waiting area, Executive Director Randi Bregman says, "When you walked in the front doors and you saw the welcome stairwell and realized people could be welcomed right here, I really felt like we had found a home."

The renovations will cost more than $1 million. To fundraise, Vera House is offering naming rights to different rooms in the building.

Go to Vera House's website to donate to the renovations.

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