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Need help?  House of Friendship offers Summer Camp Sponsorship for children who are living on a limited or low-income, and operates Community Centre Programs in four priority neighbourhoods in Kitchener and Waterloo.

Summer Camp Sponsorship

A summer camp experience for local children who would not be able to attend camp due to their families’ limited income.

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Summer Camp Sponsorship (1972) currently sponsors over 100 local children each year to experience summer camp. This experience has been proven to greatly enhance a child’s self-esteem, independence and social skills.

Program Services:

  • Children and youth can attend overnight summer camp for up to a week
  • Camps include Hidden Acres Camp near New Hamburg, Camp Shalom near Ayr, and Camp McGovern near Elmwood
  • Transportation assistance to and/or from camp is available when necessary
  • Camping equipment such as sleeping bags, flashlights and rain gear is available when necessary
  • Children participate in various camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, campfire sing-alongs, fishing, hiking etc.

How to Access:

Sponsorship Support:

  • Sponsorship funds come entirely from Trek 4 Kids hike and bike proceeds and from donations to Summer Camp Sponsorship.
  • On average, a $600 donation will send a child to overnight summer camp for a week, but any amount you can give will help pay for camp fees. This includes the cost of any camping equipment and program administration e.g. processing applications
  • Summer Camp Sponsorship donations are gratefully accepted year-round

Community Centres

Community Centre Programs support local families and individuals and facilitate community development through a variety of programs in partnership with neighbourhood associations, local municipal governments, and community partners.

 

Chandler Mowat Community Centre Program

House of Friendship works in partnership with the City of Kitchener, and community partners to improve the quality of life and well-being of neighbourhood residents.

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Chandler Mowat Community Centre Program is a community hub where neighbours meet. Support from local leaders makes House of Friendship an anchor to the Chandler Mowat community. By creating a chain of motivated residents, volunteers and funders, the Program fosters a healthy neighbourhood in which all people have the opportunity to thrive.

Program Services:

  • Based on the needs of the neighbourhood, we offer a variety of programs and services for all ages
  • Adult programs include Cooking Groups, Resource Café, Income Tax Clinics, Ladies Tea Time, and a Community Garden
  • Family Programs include the Community Outreach Program, weekly Food Distribution, Build-a-Lunch Program, Parent-Child Cooking Group, and Parenting Programs
  • Children and Youth programs include Homework Support, Chandler Mowat Youth Advisory Council, and Youth Cook Crew
  • Many special events throughout the year include community dinners and special celebrations

How to Access:

  • Please call 519-570-3610 (Program Coordinator x 1, Community Outreach Worker x 2) or e: chandlermowat@houseoffriendship.org
  • The Program is located at 222 Chandler Drive, Kitchener, ON N2E 3L7 – accessible by Bus routes #3 and #12
  • Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with some evening programs

Support for the Chandler Mowat Community Centre Program:

  • Some funding is provided by the City of Kitchener, the Region of Waterloo, and the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area
  • Additional funding is provided through grants and donations
  • In-kind donations of food, program supplies and equipment for specific program purposes are gratefully accepted
  • The Program and community benefit from many volunteer contributions

More Information:

Download Program Brochure

Courtland Shelley Community Centre Program

This satellite program of the Kingsdale Community Centre works to improve the quality of life and well-being of neighbourhood residents, with a particular focus on children and youth. It operates in partnership with The Region of Waterloo.

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Courtland Shelley Community Centre Program is a caring community that supports families living on low-income and facilitates community development in the Courtland Shelley neighbourhood, with a particular emphasis on children and youth.

Program Services:

  • Based on the needs of the neighbourhood, programming primarily focuses on children and youth
  • Children and Youth programs include Summer Playground, a variety of After School Programs for JK to Gr 6, Tween Time (Gr 5 – 8), YPower (Gr 7 – 12), Youth Drop-in (Gr 9 – 12), Incredible Kids, and a Breakfast Program
  • Adult programs include Healthy Lifestyles Program (for women), Income Tax Clinics, and Neighbourhood Group Meetings
  • Family Programs include the Community Outreach Program, weekly Food Distribution, and Community Gardens
  • Special events throughout the year include a Summer BBQ and Holiday Open House

How to Access:

  • Please call 519-571-7953 or e: courtlandshelley@houseoffriendship.org
  • The Program is located at 1064-G Courtland Avenue East, Kitchener, ON N2C 1K6
  • Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with some evening programs Tuesday – Friday

Support for the Courtland Shelley Community Centre Program:

  • Some funding is provided by the Region of Waterloo and the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area
  • Additional funding is provided through grants and donations
  • In-kind donations of food, program supplies and equipment for specific program purposes are gratefully accepted
  • The Program and community benefit from many volunteer contributions

More Information:

Download Program Brochure

Kingsdale Community Centre Program

House of Friendship works in partnership with the City of Kitchener, the Kingsdale Neighbourhood Association, and community partners to develop a safe and healthy community in a diverse and nurturing environment.

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The Kingsdale Community Centre provides a place for people of all ages to feel welcome, to participate in community, to access services and resources, and to build relationships that help them belong and thrive.

Program Services:

  • Based on the needs of the neighbourhood, we offer a variety of programs and services for all ages
  • Children and Youth programs include Girls in Leadership, Afterschool Kids Club, March Break programs, and Incredible Kids
  • As a satellite site of Our Place Family Resource & Early Years Centre, the community centre offers a variety of preschool programs including Creative Minds, Little Einsteins, Kinder Kubs, and Early Years Drop-In
  • Adult programs include Cooking Healthy Together, Vegetarian Cooking 4 Your Family, Cooking & Families Together, Greenfield Coffee Time, and Coffee For Us Multicultural Group
  • Family Programs include the Community Outreach Program, Food Distribution, and Community Gardens
  • Special events throughout the year include a Summer Community BBQ, Holiday Give-Away Event, and Volunteer Appreciation Potluck

How to Access:

  • Please call 519-748-6463 or e-mail kingsdale@houseoffriendship.org
  • The Program is located at 72 Wilson Avenue, Kitchener, ON N2C 1G5
  • Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., with some evening programs

Support for the Kingsdale Community Centre Program:

  • Some funding is provided by the City of Kitchener, the Region of Waterloo, the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area, and the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services (Early Years)
  • Additional funding is provided through grants and donations
  • In-kind donations of food, program supplies and equipment for specific program purposes are gratefully accepted
  • The Program and community benefit from significant volunteer contributions

More Information:

Download Program Brochure

Sunnydale Community Centre Program

House of Friendship works in partnership with Waterloo Region Housing, the Sunnydale Community Association (SCA), and community partners to provide outreach services, facilitate community development, and improve the quality of life and well-being of neighbourhood residents.

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Sunnydale Community Centre Program is a gathering place where neighbours meet, learn, celebrate and serve together.

Program Services:

  • Based on the needs of the neighbourhood, we offer a variety of programs and services for all ages
  • Adult Programs include Healthy Lifestyles (Immigrant Women’s Support Group), Peer Health and Nutrition/Cooking Programs, English Conversation Circles, Sewing Group, and Career/Work Coaching
  • Children and Youth Programs include Preschool Program, After School Programs, and a Youth Program
  • Services include Community Outreach Program, Food Distribution Program, Community Garden, and Phone/Internet Access

How to Access:

  • Please call 519-883-0410 or e-mail sunnydale@houseoffriendship.org
  • The Program is located at 508H Sunnydale Place, Waterloo ON N2L 4T1
  • Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with some evening programs

Support for the Sunnydale Community Centre Program:

  • Some funding is provided by the City of Waterloo, the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area, and the Wallenstein Feed Charitable Foundation
  • Additional funding is provided through grants and donations
  • In-kind donations of food, program supplies and equipment for specific program purposes are gratefully accepted
  • The Program and community benefit from significant volunteer contributions

More information:

Download Program Brochure

Better Beginnings Waterloo

better-beginnings-logo-sm2Better Beginnings Waterloo is a school- and community-based collaborative impact initiative in North Waterloo provided through a partnership between House of Friendship, Waterloo Region District School Board and Life Change Adventures, and made possible by funding from the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation. The program focuses on children in the early years of school and provides supports and resources to them and their families, as well as the local community, with the aim of preventing difficulties and improving academic, health and social outcomes for the children long-term. Together, we are ‘inspiring children to become healthy, vibrant and contributing adults by empowering them to thrive and reach their full potential.’

For more information, contact Better Beginnings Waterloo at 519-884-1839 or visit the office during school hours at Cedarbrae Public School, 230 Cedarbrae Ave, Waterloo, ON; please ask at the school office for directions to room 15.

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