Stories to Share

Join us at our Friendship Dinner this October!

Posted on: September 27th, 2019

We hope to see you at this year’s Friendship Dinner on Oct. 26! This year, we will both reflect on our past 80 years as an organization and share a vision that compels us forward – a future where health care and emergency shelter are seamlessly integrated in our community. The difficulties of those experiencing […]

Housing with No Judgment – and No Conditions

Posted on: September 6th, 2019

The impact of the opioid crisis is continuing to be felt throughout Waterloo Region, including at House of Friendship. But thanks to the Housing First model that is used in our Supportive Housing programs at Charles Village and Eby Village, individuals who need housing can find a place to call their own – regardless of […]

Family’s Volunteering is a Way of Life

Posted on: August 23rd, 2019

Volunteering is just a way of life for the Galbraiths. At one point or another the entire family – parents John and Betty, and siblings Matt, Bethany, Laura, and David – have all volunteered at House of Friendship. The family’s involvement began when Matt was volunteer coordinator at Emergency Food Hampers. He needed extra volunteers, […]

Camp Can Help Change the Odds!

Posted on: August 2nd, 2019

Camp was a lifeline – not a luxury – for Chris when he was eight years old. Going to camp was something he would have never been able to experience. That’s because his mother was divorced and on her own, with no extra money to spare. She was so determined, however, to give Chris an […]

Neighbourhoods Work Began with a Simple Question

Posted on: July 26th, 2019

In 1986, Barb started knocking on doors in the Chandler Mowat community to see how she could support families living on low income. She did this because she was compelled to change the odds for a community plagued by poverty, crime and drug use. The first person she reached was a young single mother, who […]

Thank You for Playing with Purpose!

Posted on: July 24th, 2019

We couldn’t have done it without you! Nearly 200 golfers came together on July 10 to Play with Purpose at our 24th Annual Friendship Golf Tournament, raising a record-breaking $72,000 to help combat homelessness! All of the proceeds from the tournament will be used to provide support to the men who stay at our Charles […]

Reconstruction Set to Begin at Addiction Treatment Centre

Posted on: July 23rd, 2019

Reconstruction is set to begin at House of Friendship’s addiction treatment centre on Concession Road in Cambridge, two months after an early-morning fire on May 1, 2019 caused significant damage to the building. “We are incredibly excited to be able to once again move forward with this much-needed addiction treatment centre for Waterloo Region,” said […]

Community “Is What It’s About”

Posted on: July 5th, 2019

It took Peter 25 years to finish his studies at St. Jerome’s University. His degree in philosophy was a hard-fought battle, one that makes Peter proud whenever he thinks of it. That’s because the first time he attempted to finish his degree, he couldn’t. Struggling with the effects of bipolar disease, Peter found himself unable […]

Inspiring message of hope shared at 80th AGM

Posted on: June 20th, 2019

An incredible group of nearly 300 community members came out to House of Friendship’s 80th AGM on Tuesday, June 18 in support of our shared mission of walking with those who need food, housing, community resources or addiction treatment. We’re so thankful for this engaged and passionate audience who took the time out of their […]

Addiction Centre Update

Posted on: June 13th, 2019

We continue to move forward with hope and commitment as we work to complete our addiction treatment centre in Cambridge, despite the setback caused by a fire on May 1, 2019. As the insurance assessment of our facility on Concession Road continues, we are working hard on various options to ensure continued service for our […]

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