Eagles Nest Association of Waterdown (Eagles Nest) currently operates three projects- Drummond House, HOPE Centre & Rescued & Restored.
The first project initiated by Eagles Nest was Drummond House- a Christian transitional home for women and children. This home was built from a vision Debra Tigchelaar had to provide a home for both women and children during a time of distress. In 2002, Ross & Linda Drummond opened their arms and heart to Debra’s vision and donated the use of their large century home on Drummond Farms. Over three years, teams of volunteers renovated the house and funds were raised to open the home in 2005. This new home was designed to provide a place of rest, allowing women to have the support and time needed to rebuild their strength- emotionally, physically and spiritually. Both the women and children who stay at the house work through an individualized program. Some of the residents have experienced abuse, marital breakups, or unhealthy relationships.
As the ministry grew, Eagles Nest began to understand other needs in our community. There are some women and children who don’t need a place to stay, however they do need the type of support offered at Drummond House. Eagles Nest recognized that there are men in our community who need similar support. As well, some residents need some extra support once they graduate from Drummond House.
A new dream of how these needs could be meant began. God open many doors to make this a reality. Bethel Church donated the use of a house and funds were raised for renovations and new resources to start a Centre. In the fall of 2017, Eagles Nest opened the HOPE Centre- Home of Practical Education. The Centre was built with the idea to provide holistic support to every member of the family coming from oppressive situations. Along with hosting programs, the Centre also has the main offices for the organization.
The other project, Rescued & Restored began in 2010. This project is a reuse centre designed to financially support the programs of Eagles Nest. Located north of Waterdown in a 6,000 square foot showroom, Rescued & Restored sells gently used furniture and household items that have been donated by the local community. The profits from Rescued & Restored support over 30% of Eagles Nest’s budget.
Eagles Nest has grown over the years to be able to meet the different needs of our community and restore hope in lives of the families we work with.