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You Can “Change the Odds” for Families Living in Poverty

Posted on: December 21st, 2018

We all have potential. Yet, some families are not able to reach their potential because poverty stacks the odds against them. Research says that families living on low income regularly face a struggle for food, fewer opportunities for education, more health problems and a shorter life span. The odds say that if poverty continues their […]

Thank You For Feeding Families in a Time of Need

Posted on: December 14th, 2018

  Mavis and Joe Punambolam had a history of helping others. They never thought they’d ever be in need themselves. Mavis and Joe both had steady work, in good paying jobs. They managed to pay their bills on time, and were helping their three oldest children go to university. They didn’t have any extra set […]

Changing the Odds for Fredlyne

Posted on: October 13th, 2018

Fredlyne is thriving in her community and growing as a leader, thanks to your support of our Neighbourhood programs including House of Friendship’s Courtland Shelley Community Centre! Fredlyne is one of many children who benefit each year from our preventative work in low income neighbourhoods throughout Waterloo Region. Research is clear that poverty stacks the […]

Your Support is Changing the Odds

Posted on: September 21st, 2018

Sarah is focused on one goal these days – finishing her studies, and geting a job as a personal support worker. She can see the goal on the horizon – after several years of study, Sarah hopes to complete her training this December. “I can’t wait to work,” said Sarah. Sarah, 33, came to Canada […]

Author Shared Family’s Harrowing Journey at Friendship Dinner

Posted on: September 7th, 2018

It took Tasneem Jamal a long time before she was able to approach writing her family’s story. There was just too much emotion. “It gestated for decades,” said Jamal. “When I finally sat down and wrote it, I was 40.” Jamal’s family story, as told in Where the Air is Sweet, chronicles an Indian family’s […]

Lydia Has Found the Strength to Begin Again

Posted on: August 10th, 2018

The first time Lydia tried crack cocaine, she was hooked. “I did crack once, and I was addicted. It was an instant downhill from there.” Lydia had turned to drugs to numb the anxiety and panic triggered by recurring memories of a childhood trauma. She was in her mid-30s with a job, a family and […]

Your Help Allows Susan to Face the Future

Posted on: July 30th, 2018

It all began with a hug. Susan had been through a lot. She had just left an emotionally abusive relationship, and was struggling. She had moved to Kitchener, with her only connection a family member. At 62 years of age and reeling from the drastic change her life had taken, Susan was unable to work. […]

Thank you for Playing with Purpose!

Posted on: July 13th, 2018

Thank you! On Wednesday, July 11, more than 150 golfers joined together to Play with Purpose, helping support the Charles Street Men’s Shelter. It was a beautiful day on the links for golfers at Grand Valley Golf & Country Club and Doon Valley Golf Course. Golfers enjoyed a variety of fun activities, from chipping and […]

Matthew’s Story

Posted on: July 13th, 2018

Matthew never expected that he could become homeless. It wasn’t part of the plan. Matthew shares his journey from homelessness to housing stability, with help from House of Friendship’s Charles Street Men’s Shelter.

Ali and His Family Found a Home

Posted on: July 6th, 2018

Ali arrived in Canada with little more than the clothes on his back. In 2016, Ali and his family travelled from Colombia to Canada as refugees, making the journey across the Canadian-American border by foot. He, his wife and their two children each had a backpack. Everything else had been left behind. “It was very […]

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