Stephenville Lions Club honoured Rev. Kathryn Vance with a bench in her name presented to Aunt Jean’s Place for her contributions to Stephenville and the Bay St. George area. Aunt Jean’s Place is the result of a vision Rev. Kathryn had to help those she came in contact with regularly in her career as a United Church minister. Turning her house into a home for those finding themselves without a roof over their heads is just one of many sacrifices this woman has given throughout her years in the ministry.
With a vision and help from the Southwestern Housing Stability Initiative and the Community Education Network, in 2012, Rev. Vance sought out grants and funds to offset the costs of renovating the upstairs of her newly purchased home to 3 bedrooms, a bathroom and a small kitchenette/living area, along with the addition of a separate entry way and family suite for residents.
Since its official opening in June of 2012, hundreds of people down on their luck has received shelter and a new start at Aunt Jean’s Place, thanks to the selflessness of one woman who, is very similar in nature to the house’s name sake.