Archive for November, 2010

Out of the Cold

November 30, 2010

The onset of November welcomes visible change. Daylight sayings time is over, and with its conclusion comes earlier sunsets and what feels like much shorter days. The mornings are now frost covered and crisp, and I cannot make it to work on my bike without mittens. The weather is more and more winter-like everyday and for many people in our community, this creates challenges that are particular to this time of the year. (more…)

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House of Friendship is on Twitter!

November 29, 2010

The House of Friendship has officially taken the next step in social media and joined  twitter. So follow HOFKW if you have a twitter account or bookmark this page here if you don’t.  We look forward to hearing from you and continuing the conversation.

What can you expect?  Twitter will help us share immediate updates from all of our programs, provide information about upcoming events and allow us to share links and other information that you may not be able to find through other sources.

Twitter, for those of you who don’t know, is a quick and easy way to stay in touch with a lot of people through short (140 character max!) updates.   You can learn more by reading the wikipedia page (here) about it or by watching a short video on youtube (here).

We look forward to your tweets!

Volunteer Spotlight – Bob

November 20, 2010

Volunteers are extremely important to the work we do! Without them we wouldn’t be able to serve the many individuals and families that come to us each day looking for assistance. Some of the ways we recognize their dedication is a Volunteer party each year in September, celebrating birthdays, and to boast about them in our volunteer spotlight blogs.

You may remember in the past how we’ve taken some time to write about some of the many volunteers such as Connie, Rupert, Dorian, and Michael. So this blog is here to continue showing off all the wonderful people who share their time with us week after week. (more…)

Hunger Count 2010

November 19, 2010

This  spring I wrote about our work in March and the answers I supplied for the annual Hunger Count survey (read it here).  Well, the national stats have been tabulated and Food Banks Canada have released the official Hunger Count report, as well as a nice video summary.

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Waterloo Region celebrates Eid-ul Adha

November 15, 2010

Today I would like to talk about one of the very important occasions that Muslims around the world celebrate this week, called Eid-ul-Adha or Eid ul Azah, or, in English, the festival of sacrifice.

There is a fascinating story that states the significance of Eid-ul Adha that I would like to share.  In Islam we believe that once, Allah (God) challenged or tested the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to prove his faith in God. God asked him to sacrifice the dearest and nearest one in his life. Prophet Ibrahim decided to take up the challenge and sacrifice his son Ismail.  This may be a familiar story to you becuase it is common to both Judiasm and Christianity as well. (more…)

Just because we’re closed, doesn’t mean we’re not busy

November 11, 2010

On the first Wednesday of each month our program shuts down to the public so that our staff have a chance to visit other programs, sit down for staff meetings and updates, attend development or training sessions, spend time cleaning, or take the time to complete various other small tasks that we don’t seem to have time for in our busy day-to-day operations. This past Wednesday November 3rd was no exception – in fact we did a little of all of these things. (more…)

Overview of the Lobby

November 9, 2010

Our lobby serves many different functions in a relatively small amount of space, when you consider how many people circulate through each day. Though most are here to pick up a hamper, some come to help a friend or family member by picking up their hamper, to look through clothing and other household items, to pick up bread and “extra” foods, or to gain some knowledge through the pamphlets and other information resources we have displayed. Whatever the reason is for people coming to our program we’ve definitely got lots to keep them occupied. (more…)

Gift in Kind: Thank you!!!!!!

November 2, 2010

“House of Friendship allows people to share what they can’t use anymore, and we’re quickly able to find someone in need.”

Tony styling a gift in kind donation that the staff enjoyed having a photo shoot with that day!

This quote is from an interview I had with Tony Bender, our Community Services Director. I approached Tony for the interview after Matt suggested writing a blog on the gift in kind donations our program receives. Personally I believe Tony was the perfect person to turn to for answers since he’s worked with House of Friendship for over 30 years and (conservatively) estimates that he spends five to six hours on gift in kind projects each week! He certainly had a lot of information and stories to share. So I hope this blog can pass on his experiences and knowledge.

Gift in kind donations are important to our program since many patrons are looking for help with more than just food. Patrons request help with pots and pans, after leaving an abusive relationship or being evicted. Some patrons want help with bedding and blankets, after immigrating to the area. Various patrons come hoping to find books to read to their children, or to assist themselves in learning English. Other patrons turn to our program searching for an outfit to wear at an interview. The reasons and needs are endless, which is why it’s easy to see how each donation is important, useful and appreciated by the many patrons we serve, and the programs of House of Friendship. (more…)