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More Beds For Addiction Treatment Centre

Posted on: February 11th, 2022

Today, we welcomed Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, to our Men’s Residential Addiction Treatment Centre in Cambridge, where he announced an incredible $90-million investment in addiction treatment throughout the province of Ontario! As part of that $90 million, House of Friendship will receive $584,000 over the next three years, allowing us […]

$8.5 Million to Support ShelterCare

Posted on: January 12th, 2022

On Jan. 12, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris, on behalf of the Province of Ontario, announced $8.5 million in capital funding towards House of Friendship’s purchase of 190 Weber St. N., the former Comfort Inn. This purchase will provide some long-term stability to House of Friendship’s ShelterCare program. Read the official media release here.

Celebrating “King Spud” as Potato Blitz Winds Down

Posted on: January 7th, 2022

Twenty-six years ago, John Lambert responded to a call from the pulpit to do more for those in need. John was so inspired by a sermon at his church, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, that the very next weekend, he went out to ask for donations of potatoes for the House of Friendship at the Beechwood Zehrs […]

Thank You for Saving My Life!

Posted on: December 23rd, 2021

I thought I was going to die. And I think I came very close. On that bitterly cold winter night, two years ago,  I woke up on a hard sidewalk in downtown Kitchener.    I guess I had passed out. It’s the closest I had come yet to overdosing, to dying on a lonely street […]

You Are There for Jitendra

Posted on: December 17th, 2021

For Jitendra, every day is a struggle. It hasn’t always been this way.  Until two years ago, he was working full-time as a general machinist at a Kitchener manufacturer, and making good money. He was able to make ends meet, and support his wife Lisa and their two children. Then tragedy struck. Lisa collapsed after […]

The Need is Greater than Ever

Posted on: December 8th, 2021

MEDIA RELEASE For the past 19 years, the Kitchener-Conestoga Rotary Club has worked together to raise more than $4 million as part of its annual Rotary Turkey Drive, ensuring that every family can enjoy a special holiday meal through House of Friendship’s Christmas Hamper program. This year, the need is greater than ever before, with […]

You Can Help Save a Life Today

Posted on: November 15th, 2021

I thought I was going to die. And I think I came very close. On that bitterly cold winter night, I woke up on a hard sidewalk in downtown Kitchener. I guess I had passed out. It’s the closest I had come yet to overdosing, to dying on a lonely street corner. Somehow, I staggered […]

Update on Shelter Program

Posted on: November 11th, 2021

House of Friendship Working with Region of Waterloo to Place All Shelter Participants by Dec. 1. Since announcing the upcoming temporary closure of its shelter program effective Nov. 30, House of Friendship has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of community care and support. “It has been encouraging to hear from so many people who have […]

Ways You Can Help

Posted on: November 5th, 2021

We have heard from so many caring people like you reacting to the news of our temporary shelter closure. Many of you are asking how you can help – thank you! Here are a few ways you can lend your support as we continue to work with our community partners as this situation evolves: Become […]

Statement: Temporary Disruption of Shelter Services

Posted on: November 5th, 2021

STATEMENT – NOV. 5, 2021 We informed our shelter staff this week that at the end of this month, House of Friendship’s Shelter will temporarily close for the first time in its 82-year history.  The closure will happen Nov. 30 because we will no longer have a location to provide our shelter services and Sheltercare.  […]

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