House of Friendship produces a four-page newsletter, Friendship News, that is distributed three times per year by mail and to some local churches (link to PDF of each issue):
Spring 2017– Your Support has Helped Fethia and Hany Pay it Forward
Winter 2016 – Thank You For The Fresh Start to Belong & Thrive
Fall 2016 – Kiwanis House Opens its Doors to New Neighbours
Spring 2016 – Pat Is One Reason We’re Opening Up Food Hampers
Winter 2015 – Still A House of Friendship for “All Nations”
Fall 2015 – Building a Bigger Table for All to Belong and Thrive
Spring 2015 – Trekking So Kids Can Go To Summer Camp
Winter 2014 – Sharing the Gift of Food at Christmas-time for 50 Years
Fall 2014 – Thankful for 75 Years of Friendship
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Emergency Food Hamper Program returns home!
After more than four months of construction, the Emergency Food Hamper program is back under one roof at 807 Guelph St. in Kitchener as of December 8, 2016.
The newly renovated site is the culmination of a multi-year pursuit to improve how we serve those in our community who need food assistance. Dignity for all is essential to living a meaningful life and it goes hand-in-hand with food security and adequate housing to make a thriving community.
The renovation included much-needed upgrades such as improved parking and site safety, an enlarged reception area and increased capacity to manage food donations. But more importantly, it created a safe, welcoming place for people to get the help they need – a place of comfort and choice, where people can preserve their self-esteem.
Since July 11, 2016, the program had been operating out of two temporary locations, making hamper distribution particularly difficult for everyone. Located outside at 797 Guelph St. next door to the site, tents were used to shelter people from the elements; mobile coolers and freezers were used to store food. Aid recipients, with help from volunteers, hauled their hampers 50 metres up a hill in wagons to their cars or transit stops.
Volunteers and staff happily returned to 807 Guelph St. ready to continue their work serving over 20,000 people who need food assistance each year. With the return comes the restoration of regular hours.
Food hampers are once again distributed from 9:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday at 807 Guelph St., Kitchener.
None of this would be possible without the generous support of our donors. You’ve made this dream a reality! We‘re planning a gathering to celebrate our work together early in 2017. Stay tuned for more details.
House of Friendship Honours Volunteers, The Roots Of Strong Communities
Over 125 volunteers gathered at Kitchener Mennonite Brethern Church on April 28, 2016 to be served a delicious meal by House of Friendship staff, and to be recognized by the Board of Directors for their many contributions, including milestones in service. Volunteers were recognized and applauded for 5-30 years of service.
Their was an abundance of humility, laughter and grace in the room as volunteers shared stories of service and staff recounted the impact of volunteers’ efforts.
Volunteers serve in all areas of House of Friendship, from packing Emergency Food Hampers to ‘walking with’ tenants at Supportive Housing, and they bring fun and compassion to numerous events. Guests were inspired by the story of Rachel and Lois’ involvement on behalf of their church with House of Friendship’s Chandler Mowat Community Centre program; a nutrition program is breaking down barriers across different faiths and building a richer community.
Heartfelt thanks to the many, many hands who make light work of House of Friendship’s mission of service to those in need. Truly, we could not do it without you, and neither would we want to.
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
ION Construction Continues On Charles Street East
Charles Street East, Kitchener, from Benton to Borden, is now open to traffic, but there is no on-street parking. Presently, access to Charles Street East is via Benton Street. Please be aware that local traffic access and direction change quite often – please watch for directional signage.
Local access to House of Friendship properties on Charles Street East (Administrative Office at 51, Charles Street Men’s Hostel at 63, and Charles Village at 75, and Eby Village around the corner at 50 Eby) and businesses (for customers and deliveries) as well as residences will continue to be maintained, along with access for fire, police and EMS.
Watch for detour signs alerting drivers, cyclists and pedestrians of the construction area throughout construction.
GrandLinq Contractors work crews will be on-site to help facilitate movement of local traffic and construction vehicles.
In the event of temporary sidewalk closures, and safety barrier and fencing installation near the active work area, signs will direct pedestrians to alternative routes
Travelling by bus? Further updates about the relocation of the Grand River Transit bus routes, including the iXpress 200, can be found on the GRT website:www.grt.ca. ION construction updates can be found at www.rideion.ca.
When visiting House of Friendship properties on Charles Street East, please plan ahead, calling your host/program if need be, and allowing plenty of time for any changes. Also, please remember that parking at House of Friendship is very limited. Thank you for your patience and cooperation throughout the construction period.
HOF’s Social Media Provides Food For Thought
House of Friendship’s (HOF) blog captures the stories and issues surrounding the mission of House of Friendship. The blog informs and engages people on a range of topics from preparing for the annual Hunger Count review to meeting HOF volunteers.
Want to know more about the issues in your community, then be sure to check out the blog and add your comments to the discussion. And while you’re there, why not sign up for future posts via the easy-to-use Email Subscription on the sidebar?! You can access the blog above or via our web site home page.
You can also follow House of Friendship on Twitter @HOFKW and find us on Facebook: House of Friendship Kitchener. However you’re in touch, we want to hear from you! Poverty, housing, food (in)security, addiction treatment, and community development are issues that concern us all; we can find sol’u’tions with ‘u’.