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Scholarship to “Change the Odds” for students

Posted on: July 25th, 2023

A life-changing scholarship will make it easier for young students living on low income to achieve a university education. The House of Friendship Leadership Scholarship, made possible through a substantial grant from the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation, will help two high school students connected to House of Friendship programs attend University of Waterloo while living […]

A Chance to Lead

Posted on: July 7th, 2023

By the time Steffon was only 16 years old, he had already been arrested several times. He constantly got into fights and found it nearly impossible to control his temper. As a child growing up in Guyana, Steffon was diagnosed with epilepsy. But it wasn’t until he arrived in Canada many years later that he […]

House of Friendship’s 84th AGM

Posted on: June 23rd, 2023

It was amazing to see so many of you at this year’s Annual General Meeting and Strawberry Social at Catalyst 137! On Monday, June 19, more than 200 community members gathered together for our 84th AGM  and enjoyed a time of connection and community, and enjoyed the chance to learn more about the impact of […]

You Are Providing Help When Tragedy Strikes

Posted on: June 23rd, 2023

Every week, Elizabeth volunteers to hand out food to her fellow community members at Forest Heights Community Centre. “I try to keep my mind off my troubles,” said Elizabeth, with translation help from Shahlaa, a House of Friendship team member. “I like volunteering – it helps.” Elizabeth came to Canada 20 years ago, leaving behind […]

The Love Language of Basketball

Posted on: May 5th, 2023

“I wish I could play all the time,” said Mercy. “I love coming here and seeing my coaches and friends, and meeting new people.” “If I didn’t come here, I’d probably just stay home and watch TV,” said Emily. Mercy and Emily are both 11, and come from different communities – Mercy lives near Victoria […]

Finding a Place to Belong

Posted on: April 28th, 2023

Razuma knows first-hand what a difference it makes to have a place to belong. Over the years, her family has received support through House of Friendship’s Neighbourhoods programs, including summer camp for Razuma and her siblings, and food when money was tight. “House of Friendship has always provided that safe community for families,” said Razuma. “All […]

Not Alone Anymore

Posted on: April 27th, 2023

When Megan first realized she needed help to feed her son, it broke her heart. “My mom had never asked for help when we were growing up, even though we struggled,” said Megan. “Here I was, years later, asking for help. It was hard. I felt like I was failing my son. I felt like […]

ShelterCare’s Home is Coming Soon!

Posted on: December 30th, 2022

We know you, as our closest supporters, are eagerly anticipating the opening of our new ShelterCare location in Waterloo (190 Weber St. N.).  Given the urgent need for shelter spaces in Waterloo Region, we continue to do all we can to see the completion of these renovations as quickly as possible. While the extent of […]

Unleashing Creativity in Youth

Posted on: December 23rd, 2022

This summer, youth at Courtland Shelley Community Centre were able to come together over their love of music – and emerge with new skills that showcase their talents and creativity!  These young musicians learned how to record their music, thanks to a partnership between the City of Kitchener and House of Friendship called the Creative […]

Embracing the Season of Giving

Posted on: December 19th, 2022

With the holiday season well underway, so is the Christmas Food Program. Hundreds of volunteers participated in the delivery blitz last week, ensuring gift cards, turkeys, hams, and halal chickens were delivered to low-income families in Kitchener and Waterloo. The dedication of more than 600 volunteers ensures that over 4,000 families will have a holiday […]

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