Stories to Share

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 […]

Growing Future Leaders

Posted on: July 22nd, 2022

This year, March break provided an opportunity for leadership and growth for two young women in the Courtland Shelley community. Through our Youth Leadership Program that your support makes possible, Fredlyne and Estera, both 16, had a chance to plan an entire March break camp for local children. Both girls have strong connections to House of Friendship’s […]

Giving Back As a Way of Life

Posted on: July 15th, 2022

House of Friendship is part of Jim Erb’s DNA. Jim grew up regularly helping his aunt cut up carrots and other vegetables in the shelter kitchen. “We worked to get food ready for the rest of the week,” said Jim. “So, my exposure to House of Friendship started when I would have been about eight […]

The Right Help at the Right Time

Posted on: July 8th, 2022

Ralphy was tired of seeing his friends die. “I lost five friends in one week. It’s something that stays with you,” said Ralphy. He grew up in an abusive household, regularly receiving beatings that were so severe that he couldn’t sit down. Still, Ralphy didn’t turn to drugs until his stepfather was murdered by an […]

The Fullness of Community

Posted on: June 24th, 2022

For Sue, Eby Village is more than a place to live; it’s a community. This makes it different from any other place she has called home. “People talk to each other and spend time together and help each other.” Built in 1990, Eby Village is one of House of Friendship’s supportive housing communities. Here, residents […]

“I Squeeze My Money and Keep Going”

Posted on: May 25th, 2022

Everything is costing more these days. Few people know this more than Michael. Every week, Michael, 66, visits Chandler Mowat Community Centre, to supplement his limited income with food at House of Friendship’s weekly food distribution program. He also finds many other ways to try and save money, whether it is collecting empty beer cans, […]

“They’re Worth It”

Posted on: May 11th, 2022

Since 2005, the Astley Family Foundation has followed its passion – funding programs that help youth grow and flourish, particularly youth who have to overcome the challenges of poverty. For Jennifer Astley, this means a focus on what can be the most significant and challenging time in a young person’s life – that awkward transition […]

Sunnydale Celebrates Eid al-Fitr!

Posted on: May 10th, 2022

Neighbours surrounding Sunnydale Community Centre gathered for a lively Eid al-Fitr celebration this past Saturday. Nearly 300 community members enjoyed the sunshine as they shared a barbecue, with halal meats provided by the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. Almost a third of these attendees were young children, who enjoyed gifts that were prepared for them […]