Stories to Share

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 […]

Thank You for 25 Years of Playing With Purpose

Posted on: August 3rd, 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 represents thousands and thousands of men finding hope, healing and […]

Because You Helped Katealyn, Now She’s Helping Others

Posted on: July 23rd, 2021

Katealyn’s life has come full circle. When she was young, her mother received support from House of Friendship’s Live and Learn program, getting support to help her manage day-to-day challenges of being a single mother. Years later, Katealyn also turned to House of Friendship for help. After a difficult relationship ended, Katealyn found herself caring […]

No Longer Alone

Posted on: July 9th, 2021

Dorothy Anne isn’t sure how she could have weathered the storms of her life without support. Thanks to the Neighbourhood Food program at Chandler Mowat Community Centre, she didn’t have to. For the past five years, Dorothy Anne has helped provide care to her autistic grandson, after his mother died of cancer. She gave up […]

Celebrate 25 Years of Friendship Golf!

Posted on: June 30th, 2021

Take a swing at homelessness at this year’s Friendship Golf! You’re invited to a virtual Friendship Golf this year! On Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 9 am. Although we can’t make it to the golf course this year, we’re still celebrating an incredible milestone. You’ve been Playing with Purpose for 25 years! It’s a one-hour […]

Tech for Good is Changing the Odds

Posted on: June 16th, 2021

A meeting of minds has led to a creative collaboration that is changing the odds for children in Waterloo Region. At House of Friendship’s virtual Annual General Meeting on June 15, Sandy Currie and Tobi Day-Hamilton shared the story of how Google, Launch Waterloo and House of Friendship came together to provide STEAM (Science, Technology, […]

Buhr Legacy of Friendship 2021

Posted on: June 16th, 2021

This year’s Buhr Legacy of Fellowship, presented at the Annual General Meeting on June 15, honours employee groups of local tech companies who are supporting the mission of House of Friendship to make this a better community for everyone, living out our values of compassion, inclusion, justice, dignity and hope in very practical ways. Watch […]

Mourning the Loss of 215 Children

Posted on: June 3rd, 2021

We are deeply saddened to learn of the remains of 215 children found at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School last week, uncovered by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation’s investigation. We recognize that local Indigenous communities are mourning this loss and are impacted by the ongoing harm of colonization and intergenerational trauma.  With 139 […]

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