Stories to Share

ShelterCare is Working!

Posted on: October 24th, 2020

At Sweet Beginnings, we shared how Shelter is being transformed through the ShelterCare model. We have seen incredible results that have captured national attention: overdoses reduced by 50%, 75% reduction in EMS calls, and 56 men housed in six month! ShelterCare is working! With integrated health-care and other supports, men have become healthier and housing […]

Join Us Tomorrow for Sweet Beginnings!

Posted on: October 23rd, 2020

You’ve heard the highlights in local media – now we want to share with you the inside scoop on why ShelterCare is now getting National attention! We are learning so much every single day. It’s now clear that ShelterCare can be the triage for those who are homeless and help individuals exit the cycle of […]

ShelterCare Vision to Continue at New Location

Posted on: September 30th, 2020

For Immediate Release As part of a comprehensive Waterloo Region plan to address the challenge of homelessness in our community, House of Friendship is pleased to announce it will continue to provide its ShelterCare vision – integrated health care and shelter services – at a new location: the Tower at the Inn of Waterloo (475 […]

A Legacy of Giving

Posted on: September 25th, 2020

For Shelley Holmes, giving back is part of her heritage. Shelley, who has served at House of Friendship for more than 27 years, grew up in a family that made sure that others had what they needed. “I always remembered what my mom used to tell me: if you’re living, breathing and you’ve got enough […]

You Helped Children Stay Connected This Summer!

Posted on: September 22nd, 2020

It wasn’t a typical summer for children in Waterloo Region – but camp still happened for many of them, thanks to you! While camp this year looked a little different, children living in low-income neighbourhoods still had the chance to connect, to learn, and grow through an innovative mix of in-person and virtual camp sessions […]

From Living to Drink to Finally Living

Posted on: September 18th, 2020

“I had no idea how bad my drinking had become.” It took a conversation with caring neighbours for Liz to realize that she had a problem. “They told me, ‘you’re a skeleton.’ I hadn’t realized it until they pointed it out.” Liz, 58, had always been a social drinker. She had spent years in a […]

You’re Invited to Join Us for Sweet Beginnings!

Posted on: September 15th, 2020

So much has happened since last year’s Friendship Dinner that we can’t wait to share it with you – from our table to yours. While we wish we could gather together in person, we invite you to join us ONLINE instead! As you settle in with your cup of coffee and your favourite dessert, we’ll […]

Feels Like Coming Home

Posted on: September 11th, 2020

For Cory, his new role as Community Development Worker at House of Friendship feels like he is coming home. In a way, he is. As a child, Cory lived in affordable housing in Cambridge, near Greenway Chaplin Community Centre. There, his family received help from Patti, a Family Outreach Worker – who still has this […]

Childhood Struggle Leads to Giving Back

Posted on: September 4th, 2020

Eric Pidgen has a very special reason for volunteering with House of Friendship. That’s because when he was only 11, he stayed in a shelter with his mom and sister when his parents were struggling in their marriage. “It was such a shock when I was a kid – there was so much change at […]

Thank You for Making Transformation Possible

Posted on: September 1st, 2020

Today, we celebrate you! Your support over the past three years of our Close to Home story has been incredible. You’ve been with us every step of the way, through all of the challenges, setbacks, and updated vision. Because of you, men, women and families will have the addiction treatment services they need in their […]