Stories to Share

Celebrating 20 Years of Rotary Turkey Drive

Posted on: November 25th, 2022

It all started with a single thought. “Wouldn’t it be nice if children in need could also have a turkey dinner for Christmas?” Barry Abelson had this revelation while visiting House of Friendship’s Emergency Food Hamper program in December 2003 and realized that families only received cans of food. Barry thought they deserved better at […]

A Journey of Hope – Friendship Dinner 2022

Posted on: November 2nd, 2022

It was good to see so many of you (500 of our friends, in fact!) on Oct. 22 at the return of our in-person Friendship Dinner! The room was buzzing with smiles and hugs and conversation as caring community members came together to experience A Journey of Hope! Many of you were not able to join […]

Building Community Through Food

Posted on: September 23rd, 2022

A group of women who love cooking and community have joined together to provide meals for seniors and people living on their own in the Chandler Mowat neighbourhood. Through a ‘Love My Hood’ grant from the City of Kitchener, and with support from House of Friendship and the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, just over […]

“We Believe in What You are Doing”

Posted on: September 16th, 2022

An innovative approach that was already underway before COVID-19 struck has proved a lifesaver for local organizations – and Lyle S. Hallman Foundation is leading the way. Typically, large grantors like Lyle S. Hallman Foundation require lengthy application processes, creating an extra burden on nonprofit organizations – both in applying for grants, and reporting back […]

You Helped Me Get the Life I Have Today

Posted on: September 9th, 2022

The day that Nancy realized she was out of food was a tough one. “It was really embarrassing to have to ask for help,” said Nancy. “It was deeply humiliating. But I was desperate.” Back in 1969, the 17-year-old had just started her studies at the University of Waterloo. Nancy was all set for her […]

Friendship Dinner is Back!

Posted on: September 2nd, 2022

Please mark Saturday, October 22 on your calendar, and join us for A Journey of Hope at this year’s Friendship Dinner. We’re thrilled to be able to once again meet with you in person, and share with you hope-filled stories and projects in the midst of daunting headlines on the homelessness crisis. The evening will […]

A Warm Welcome

Posted on: August 19th, 2022

For Sabrina, living in Canada is a dream come true. Sabrina and her family came here two years ago to escape the growing violence and chaos in her home country of Argentina. “It was very dangerous,” said Sabrina. “When you arrive home from work, you have to keep an eye out. You have to get […]

Kindness is a Choice

Posted on: August 5th, 2022

Jim Furlong knows what it’s like to grow up with very little. As an orphan, Jim stayed in foster care. He often got in trouble at school, and struggled to find his place in the world. When he was 12, Jim had to make a choice. He could either provide labour on a farm, or […]

Stable Housing Brings New Beginnings

Posted on: July 30th, 2022

It’s taken a long time for Courtney to feel at home. As an adopted Black child growing up in a white family in Kitchener, Courtney was the target of racist taunts from his classmates. “It was always stupid things,” said Courtney. “My parents were white, and I was from the Caribbean. I didn’t fit. I […]

No Longer Alone

Posted on: July 29th, 2022

“I used to donate to the food bank. I never expected I would one day need to go and ask for food.” Leonard, 59, has been trying to rebuild his life for years. In 2010, Leonard was in a car accident that caused serious injuries – three broken ribs, and an injured hip. He was […]

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