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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 […]

Statement: Temporary Disruption of Shelter Services

Posted on: November 5th, 2021

STATEMENT – NOV. 5, 2021 We informed our shelter staff this week that at the end of this month, House of Friendship’s Shelter will temporarily close for the first time in its 82-year history.  The closure will happen Nov. 30 because we will no longer have a location to provide our shelter services and Sheltercare.  […]

Your Support Helped Raise $45,000!

Posted on: August 22nd, 2021

When co-founders Bob Shantz, Richard Dyck and John Unruh joined forces to create the first-ever Friendship Golf tournament, they set in motion the opportunity to Play with Purpose at an event that has now raised more than $1-million to support those who are homeless. This means you have helped thousands and thousands of men finding […]

Celebrate 25 Years of Friendship Golf!

Posted on: June 30th, 2021

Take a swing at homelessness at this year’s Friendship Golf! You’re invited to a virtual Friendship Golf this year! On Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 9 am. Although we can’t make it to the golf course this year, we’re still celebrating an incredible milestone. You’ve been Playing with Purpose for 25 years! It’s a one-hour […]

Reducing Barriers to Addiction Treatment

Posted on: June 18th, 2021

A partnership between the Region of Waterloo, Sanguen Health Services, Stonehenge Therapeutic Services, and House of Friendship will make it easier for those struggling with addiction to get the help they need. In May, House of Friendship’s Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinic (RAAM) began providing service one day a week at Kitchener’s Consumption and Treatment […]

Hockey Helps the Homeless Raises $322,000

Posted on: April 22nd, 2021

Hockey Helps the Homeless Waterloo Region is continuing to face off against homelessness! In spite of the pandemic, this volunteer committee achieved a record year and will be sharing the proceeds from this year’s virtual Hockey Helps the Homeless Canada Life Cup – an amazing $322,000 – with Waterloo Region’s shelters, including House of Friendship! […]

“Mr. Wayne” Helps Students Thrive

Posted on: April 19th, 2021

Wayne joins the main Zoom call and watches students of all ages flicker to life on his screen.  He is a virtual tutor with the Sunnydale Community Centre.  The program, called Homework Club, used to take place in person, but moved online at the beginning of the pandemic.  Each student is paired up with their […]

Having An Impact – Every Month!

Posted on: April 16th, 2021

Katy Robinson has made charitable giving a priority – and it was a lot easier than she thought it would be. The 27-year-old became inspired to give after hearing a sermon from her pastor that pointed out there is never a good time to start giving. As an engineer who works in construction in downtown […]

Moving Forward After Shelter Fire

Posted on: April 9th, 2021

It’s been two months since a fire at our Shelter program took place in the Tower at the Inn of Waterloo. We’re grateful for the incredible show of support from Waterloo Region during this challenging time and want to take the time to provide a community update. Right after the Shelter fire, the program experienced […]

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