Stories to Share

You are Inspiring Future Leaders

Posted on: March 6th, 2020

Christine struggled finding a place in this world for her daughter, Grace. Grace, who has autism, had enrolled in a number of programs in the past, never finding a true fit. It had gotten to the point where she didn’t want to try anything new. She would rather just stay home, where she felt safe. […]

No One is Too Young to Make a Difference

Posted on: December 20th, 2019

Luc Parrow has a big heart. At only six years of age, Luc was so inspired by the “5 Days of Giving” at his school, Laurelwood Public School, that he wanted to do even more to make sure everyone has food to eat. “I was concerned about people not having enough food,” said Luc. So, […]

You Give the Gift that Keeps On Giving

Posted on: December 13th, 2019

Marlene O’Brien wasn’t even born yet when her parents received a Christmas food hamper. She knows the story, though, because of the lasting impact it had on her family. The story has been told over and over again through the generations because of how much it mattered. Marlene even wrote down this story, so that […]

Making the Holiday Season Brighter

Posted on: December 6th, 2019

It’s only a few weeks until Christmas, but we’re already feeling the joy that comes with the season. That’s because today is the start of our Christmas Hamper program, where hundreds of volunteers will pack and deliver Christmas Hampers to 4,000 individuals and families in need in Kitchener and Waterloo. Hundreds more are facing the […]


Posted on: November 22nd, 2019

At this year’s Friendship Dinner, we shared the vision that compels us forward – ShelterCare: Integrating Healthcare and Shelter. We invite you to join this vision – and make ShelterCare a reality.

Celebrating 80 Years of Stronger Together

Posted on: November 21st, 2019

At House of Friendship, we’ve been celebrating all year long on 80 Years of Stronger Together. We know we couldn’t have made this journey without all of your support through the years. Thank you for being part of our story.

An Amazing Success for Hockey Helps the Homeless!

Posted on: October 31st, 2019

Wow – we’re still smilling! When a group of passionate people dedicated to combating homelessness gets together, amazing things can happen! An incredible committee of volunteers helped this year’s Hockey Helps the Homeless K-W hockey tournament reach an impressive goal, raising an amazing $1 million over six short years.  That means $1 million going to […]

Join us at our Friendship Dinner this October!

Posted on: September 27th, 2019

We hope to see you at this year’s Friendship Dinner on Oct. 26! This year, we will both reflect on our past 80 years as an organization and share a vision that compels us forward – a future where health care and emergency shelter are seamlessly integrated in our community. The difficulties of those experiencing […]

Housing with No Judgment – and No Conditions

Posted on: September 6th, 2019

The impact of the opioid crisis is continuing to be felt throughout Waterloo Region, including at House of Friendship. But thanks to the Housing First model that is used in our Supportive Housing programs at Charles Village and Eby Village, individuals who need housing can find a place to call their own – regardless of […]

Family’s Volunteering is a Way of Life

Posted on: August 23rd, 2019

Volunteering is just a way of life for the Galbraiths. At one point or another the entire family – parents John and Betty, and siblings Matt, Bethany, Laura, and David – have all volunteered at House of Friendship. The family’s involvement began when Matt was volunteer coordinator at Emergency Food Hampers. He needed extra volunteers, […]

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