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The Power of Learning – Together!

Posted on: April 9th, 2021

It took a simple conversation between neighbours to create a new program at Sunnydale Community Centre – one that is bringing the community a little bit closer. Since last summer, a group of non-Arabic speaking community members have been taking the time to learn Arabic. The best part? It’s being taught by their neighbours. The […]

Building Community at Neighbourhood Food Programs

Posted on: March 26th, 2021

For many community members, the Neighbourhood Food Program distributes more than just food. They provide connection, a sense of belonging, and lots of smiles. “One participant came up to me recently,” shares Rudi, the Neighbourhood Food Supervisor, “and told me ‘the reason we still come here is for the smiles’.” Despite the safety restrictions in […]

I’m Looking to the Future – Thanks to You!

Posted on: March 19th, 2021

Mya used to find it difficult to speak up when she was in a group. A little bit shy and lacking in confidence, Mya would usually let others speak first. Not anymore. Mya, 17, isn’t afraid to take on leadership roles and community projects – thanks to the encouragement she’s received along the way. Your […]

February Potato Blitz a Spud-Tacular Success!

Posted on: March 2nd, 2021

  You played a vital role in the fight against hunger by helping struggling families and individuals across the community, since the need for food has not gone away. This year – more than ever – you demonstrated how our community is stronger together.  Thank you to all the grocery stores, volunteers, faith communities, businesses, […]

New Name for Addiction Program

Posted on: March 2nd, 2021

The name might be changing, but the service remains the same. The Rapid Access Addiction Clinics across Waterloo-Wellington will now be called Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinics (RAAM). This new name is a better reflection of the service provided by these clinics, which include medical support for individuals looking for help on their journey to […]

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 […]

From Living to Drink to Finally Living

Posted on: September 18th, 2020

“I had no idea how bad my drinking had become.” It took a conversation with caring neighbours for Liz to realize that she had a problem. “They told me, ‘you’re a skeleton.’ I hadn’t realized it until they pointed it out.” Liz, 58, had always been a social drinker. She had spent years in a […]

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, […]

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