Stories to Share

Building Community at Neighbourhood Food Programs

Posted on: March 26th, 2021

For many community members, the Neighbourhood Food Program distributes more than just food. They provide connection, a sense of belonging, and lots of smiles. “One participant came up to me recently,” shares Rudi, the Neighbourhood Food Supervisor, “and told me ‘the reason we still come here is for the smiles’.” Despite the safety restrictions in […]

I’m Looking to the Future – Thanks to You!

Posted on: March 19th, 2021

Mya used to find it difficult to speak up when she was in a group. A little bit shy and lacking in confidence, Mya would usually let others speak first. Not anymore. Mya, 17, isn’t afraid to take on leadership roles and community projects – thanks to the encouragement she’s received along the way. Your […]

February Potato Blitz a Spud-Tacular Success!

Posted on: March 2nd, 2021

  You played a vital role in the fight against hunger by helping struggling families and individuals across the community, since the need for food has not gone away. This year – more than ever – you demonstrated how our community is stronger together.  Thank you to all the grocery stores, volunteers, faith communities, businesses, […]

New Name for Addiction Program

Posted on: March 2nd, 2021

The name might be changing, but the service remains the same. The Rapid Access Addiction Clinics across Waterloo-Wellington will now be called Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinics (RAAM). This new name is a better reflection of the service provided by these clinics, which include medical support for individuals looking for help on their journey to […]

Fire at the Tower at the Inn of Waterloo

Posted on: February 10th, 2021

For Immediate Release There was an early-evening fire last night in a room at the Tower at the Inn of Waterloo where our shelter program was located. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries. House of Friendship had 130 individuals staying at the hotel. They were relocated to a hotel in Guelph, and the individuals who […]

February Potato Blitz Needs Your Help!

Posted on: January 22nd, 2021

House of Friendship’s February Potato Blitz is moving online! This year’s virtual campaign will provide families and individuals in need with nutritious food. Although this annual event looks different than previous years, you can still walk alongside your neighbours in their time of need. Hunger in our community has not gone away. Your caring support […]

ShelterCare Helped Collin Get a Fresh Start

Posted on: January 15th, 2021

Collin has struggled with alcohol his entire adult life. Growing up in an abusive home, Collin always turned to alcohol to ease his fear and anxiety. He would drink every day, as many as 12 drinks in one night. It all caught up to him when he ended up going to jail for impaired driving. […]

Living with Pain While Homeless

Posted on: January 4th, 2021

Mark has a long history of struggling with homelessness. “The first time I stayed at the House of Friendship was 1985. I’ve been in and out of the shelter life ever since.” He had made some progress back in 1999, getting support to find housing. He moved to London, and was beginning a new life […]

We’re So Thankful for You!

Posted on: December 30th, 2020

Waterloo Region, we are so incredibly grateful for your support in a challenging year, that we had to take the time to say “thanks!” We hope that you are inspired by the difference your support has made in 2020, and we look forward to brighter and better things in 2021.

Staying Connected, Thanks to You!

Posted on: December 18th, 2020

For Dulce, being able to stay connected during COVID-19 has been a lifeline for her family. Dulce, a wife and mother of two young children, moved to Canada two years ago from Mexico, and was just starting to get to know people in the Kingsdale community by volunteering at the Neighbourhood Food Distribution program. “That […]

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