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Come Walk with Me – Fiona

Posted on: October 13th, 2021

Today, we continue our monthlong celebration of YOU! We are so incredibly thankful for your support and your faithfulness. In this second video of our 4-part October Gratitude Video Series, we want to share with you how much we appreciate you walking with those in Waterloo Region who are struggling with addiction. Fiona, Service Engagement Lead […]

A Legacy of a Generous Life

Posted on: October 8th, 2021

In the last few days of John Unruh’s life, he made sure of a few things. He spent time talking to his family, reflecting on his faith and sharing some of the wisdom he had gained over the years. John took time to comfort his family with the knowledge he was dying at peace. “John […]

Come Walk with Me – Dauda

Posted on: October 8th, 2021

Today, we want to celebrate YOU! We are so incredibly thankful for your support and your faithfulness. Today, in this first video of our 4-part October Gratitude Video Series, we want to show you how you are making a difference for families living on low income in Waterloo Region. Dauda, our Community Development Manager, is here […]

Thank You for Nourishing our Neighbourhoods!

Posted on: October 4th, 2021

Community members were asked what they need.  Their response? food and connection. Thanks to $750,000 in funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation over the last three years, the Nourishing Neighbourhoods program has worked to fill this community need for connection, using food as a tool. On Sept. 24,  we took the time to celebrate Nourishing […]

Thank You for Walking with Rick!

Posted on: September 17th, 2021

Ever since a car accident nearly 20 years ago shattered his leg bones and damaged his pelvis, Rick, who is 51, finds it hard to move about, and lives with daily pain. Unable to work, Rick has also been homeless for many years, moving from place to place, trying to survive in a world where […]

Our Son is the Reason Why

Posted on: September 3rd, 2021

Karen knows what it’s like to have success in her career. She also knows what it is like to struggle as a parent. For many years, Karen served as the CEO of FaithLife Financial before retiring. She has also worked as the Executive Director of Community Justice Initiatives. In both roles, she has been inspired […]

Your Support Helped Raise $45,000!

Posted on: August 22nd, 2021

When co-founders Bob Shantz, Richard Dyck and John Unruh joined forces to create the first-ever Friendship Golf tournament, they set in motion the opportunity to Play with Purpose at an event that has now raised more than $1-million to support those who are homeless. This means you have helped thousands and thousands of men finding […]

Building Trust and Hope

Posted on: August 20th, 2021

This March, when Shelter participants became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, 54 men signed up out of 70 – reaching 77% of the men! It’s a sign of how effective the ShelterCare model ( has been in building trust amongst a group that has not always had a good experience with health care. Your […]

A Beautiful Friendship

Posted on: August 13th, 2021

Mike and Jen Kuhl didn’t find House of Friendship. “It’s like House of Friendship found us,” said Mike. Mike drives a garbage truck. Just over a decade ago, he heard a series of radio ads that changed his life. As he drove, Mike kept hearing about House of Friendship’s February Potato Blitz, and the need […]

Overcoming Grief and Loss

Posted on: August 6th, 2021

Denise knows about loss. Over a short period of time, Denise lost three family members – first her parents, and then, a few months later, her brother also suddenly passed away. The grief was overwhelming, making it difficult to cope. When a family member suggested she move nearby to get additional support, Denise jumped at […]

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