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"I want to see a mighty flood of justice, a torrent of doing good." Amos 5:24

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'HERE247' for Access to Addiction, Mental Health and Crisis Services

House of Friendship Receives Wagemark Certification

Food Donations Only, Please, at HOF's Emergency Food Hamper Program

Share A Cup Of 'Tea With Joe Cramer'

'King Spud' Honoured For 20 Years Of Service

Every Penny Counts

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HOF's Social Media Provides Food For Thought

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Special Events

February Potato Blitz 2014

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TREK 4 KIDS hike & bike, SATURDAY May 3, 2014

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75th Annual Meeting: Remember. Reflect. Renew. June 17, 2014

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Friendship Golf Tournament, Wednesday July 9, 2014

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Friendship Fundraising Dinner, SATURDAY, October 25, 2014

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Christmas Hamper Program & Turkey Drive; 12 days for good

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'Walking With' to Belong and Thrive

Supportive Housing folks bowling with Joe Cramer


House of Friendship's vision of building a healthy community where all can belong and thrive has inspired a realignment of Charles Street Men's Hostel staffing roles and program elements to better reflect “walking with” the men we serve. Breakfast is now self-serve continental style. Residents assist with clean-up after all meals, including learning how to use the dishwasher in a professional kitchen. Men who are working while staying at the Hostel make their own brown-bag lunches. Staff are by their side throughout offering nutritional advice, health and safety information, and a friendly ear. Weekly residents’ meetings provide the opportunity for men to identify skills development. They have happily contributed to painting the Hostel, maintaining the front yard, and volunteering at HOF events. HOF’s Supportive Housing social events have included bowling and Coffee Houses.

Recently, one man at the Hostel baked a cake and apple crisp . Baking is a passion for him, but he has not been able to bake elsewhere. Afterwards, he said he felt like he was giving back. Similarly, Jeff appreciates all of the help and encouragement he has received from staff, and is now busy interviewing for jobs. As one staff person noted, “With the changes, the guys tell me they feel wanted and needed.” Belong and thrive!

For the full story and the latest HOF news download and read: Spring Friendship News, 2014



Welcome to House of Friendship

Founded in 1939, House of Friendship envisions a healthy community where all can belong and thrive. To fulfill this vision, we strengthen people and communities by being there when needed, speaking up and working together. This is a mission that we share with many local member churches, faith groups, partner agencies, businesses, groups, and individuals. The Annual Report, 2012-2013 is an opportunity to report to you on the work of the past year, and to acknowledge the impact of community contributions. In addition, HOF's Annual Stewardship Report shares personal stories from the past year.

Each year, we serve over 42,000 people, living on low income in Waterloo Region, through four program areas that focus on:

  • Supporting Healthy Lives (Addiction Services)
  • Assisting and Feeding Those In Need (Community Services)
  • Building Strong Families and Strong Communities (Family Services)
  • Providing Shelter and Supportive Housing (Residential services)

With your support, people are able to survive and get back on their feet by receiving emergency food and shelter. And, they are able to benefit from opportunities to lead healthier lives and to grow, connect and develop in their communities. Together, we offer help and hope.

You can securely donate to House of Friendship electronically through Canada Helps (click on "Donate Now" above) or send your donation to us at the address below. House of Friendship is a registered charity (#10749-3892-RR0001) and will gladly issue a charitable income tax receipt for your donation along with our appreciation. Click on the You Can Help tab or contact us at 519-742-8327 to find out more ways you can get involved and extend the hand of friendship to our neighbours in need.

Looking for a particular staff or program? For a listing of Leadership Team staff contact information click on the Contact Us tab above, and use the Programs tab for specific program information. Download our agency brochure and a full listing of our programs. Thank you for taking the time to visit. We look forward to hearing from you!

J Neufeld

John Neufeld, Executive Director