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 […]

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 […]

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