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House of Friendship’s Innovative ShelterCare Facility Set to Open

Posted on: January 19th, 2023

MEDIA RELEASE House of Friendship is set to open its innovative new ShelterCare facility in Waterloo later this month, where 100 men will receive 24/7 care and onsite health and housing supports. “We’re thrilled to be able to provide this new approach to emergency shelter in Waterloo Region, as one more piece of the puzzle […]

Region of Waterloo’s Investment in ShelterCare Will Have a Lasting Impact

Posted on: May 2nd, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 28, 2022 Today, the Region of Waterloo and House of Friendship are launching a behind-the-scenes look at renovations now underway at House of Friendship’s new shelter location at 190 Weber St. N. through a new video (at  The video highlights the Region’s substantial support of ShelterCare, through $570,000 in annual […]

$8.5 Million to Support ShelterCare

Posted on: January 12th, 2022

On Jan. 12, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris, on behalf of the Province of Ontario, announced $8.5 million in capital funding towards House of Friendship’s purchase of 190 Weber St. N., the former Comfort Inn. This purchase will provide some long-term stability to House of Friendship’s ShelterCare program. Read the official media release here.

The Need is Greater than Ever

Posted on: December 8th, 2021

MEDIA RELEASE For the past 19 years, the Kitchener-Conestoga Rotary Club has worked together to raise more than $4 million as part of its annual Rotary Turkey Drive, ensuring that every family can enjoy a special holiday meal through House of Friendship’s Christmas Hamper program. This year, the need is greater than ever before, with […]

Update on Shelter Program

Posted on: November 11th, 2021

House of Friendship Working with Region of Waterloo to Place All Shelter Participants by Dec. 1. Since announcing the upcoming temporary closure of its shelter program effective Nov. 30, House of Friendship has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of community care and support. “It has been encouraging to hear from so many people who have […]

Fire at the Tower at the Inn of Waterloo

Posted on: February 10th, 2021

For Immediate Release There was an early-evening fire last night in a room at the Tower at the Inn of Waterloo where our shelter program was located. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries. House of Friendship had 130 individuals staying at the hotel. They were relocated to a hotel in Guelph, and the individuals who […]

ShelterCare Vision to Continue at New Location

Posted on: September 30th, 2020

For Immediate Release As part of a comprehensive Waterloo Region plan to address the challenge of homelessness in our community, House of Friendship is pleased to announce it will continue to provide its ShelterCare vision – integrated health care and shelter services – at a new location: the Tower at the Inn of Waterloo (475 […]

New Addiction Treatment Centre Now Open

Posted on: August 31st, 2020

House of Friendship is thrilled to announce that our new Addiction Treatment Centre is now open at 562 Concession Road in Cambridge. “We are incredibly grateful to Waterloo Region. So many people have walked with us through this journey, encouraging us and supporting us every step of the way,” said Executive Director John Neufeld. “It’s […]

‘House of Hope’ Offers A Place of Refuge

Posted on: July 6th, 2020

Ray of Hope and House of Friendship are excited to be working together to provide a temporary emergency shelter to men experiencing homelessness in Waterloo Region at the new ‘House of Hope.’ Operating out of Ray of Hope’s Community Centre (100-659 King St. E.), House of Hope will welcome up to 28 men per night, […]

Reconstruction Set to Begin at Addiction Treatment Centre

Posted on: July 23rd, 2019

Reconstruction is set to begin at House of Friendship’s addiction treatment centre on Concession Road in Cambridge, two months after an early-morning fire on May 1, 2019 caused significant damage to the building. “We are incredibly excited to be able to once again move forward with this much-needed addiction treatment centre for Waterloo Region,” said […]

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