Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

House of Friendship has a long history of walking alongside its neighbours, starting when a women’s prayer group rose to the challenge of hunger and poverty in downtown Kitchener. They knew they couldn’t solve every problem, but they could solve this one. They started feeding the men warm, home-cooked meals to those that needed it.

Since 1939, House of Friendship has been there. As a multi-faith organization, we honour our heritage and history every day.

At the same time, when we walk alongside community members in need, we approach them with a desire to treat them the way they want to be treated, allowing everyone to be their true selves.

Today, we recognize the incredibly diverse and vibrant community that Waterloo Region has become. This is reflected not only among the individuals we support through our four program areas of Addiction Treatment, Food, Housing and Neighbourhoods, but also amongst our staff, volunteers and supporters.


House of Friendship is a place where each person can bring their true selves and feel that they belong. We aspire to be an organization that is anti-racist and anti-oppressive so that our team, and therefore our community, can truly belong and thrive.


To learn more about our approach to equity at House of Friendship, please reach out to our Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Director, Charmaine Sheahan, at charmaines@houseoffriendship.org, or call her at 519-742-8327, ext. 143.





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