Stories to Share

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 […]

Community Garden Grows Leaders

Posted on: May 6th, 2022

It’s just a community garden, but it has meant so much more for Asma, Sabrina and Hana. These young ladies in the Sunnydale neighbourhood have learned how to overcome shyness, develop fun activities for younger children, and give back to a community that has always been there for them. They’ve become leaders. Hana had already […]

Region of Waterloo’s Investment in ShelterCare Will Have a Lasting Impact

Posted on: May 2nd, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 28, 2022 Today, the Region of Waterloo and House of Friendship are launching a behind-the-scenes look at renovations now underway at House of Friendship’s new shelter location at 190 Weber St. N. through a new video (at www.AroundtheRegion.ca/HouseofFriendship).  The video highlights the Region’s substantial support of ShelterCare, through $570,000 in annual […]

“I Have to Be Strong”

Posted on: April 20th, 2022

When Maryam fled Iran two years ago after facing persecution for not wearing her headscarf, she didn’t know just how challenging her life would become. Maryam and her children left so quickly that her husband was unable to join them – and he can’t come to Canada until she has permanent resident status, which could […]

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