Bowling and Pizza at Towne Bowl

They were knocking them down at the K of C Winter Family bowling Day at the Towne Bowl. Over 30 bowlers, from aged 3 to 60, enjoyed the day with the Knights and their family members. The games were played with skill and, at times, fraught with disappointment, as the five-pin bowlers displayed high-fives and congrats. As the day ensued, everyone enjoyed pepperoni pizza looking forward to, perhaps, a return to the lanes next year.

 

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The House of Friendship Food Hamper Distribution Centre Expands

The House of Friendship was founded in 1939 by a women’s prayer group which originally was a store-front mission on King Street in downtown Kitchener. It had a reading room, a dining room and provided food. Over the years, the mission has evolved into a charitable social service agency serving thousands which is a vital part of the social service network of Waterloo Region, providing food and assistance, shelter and supportive housing, addiction treatment, and community development and summer camp. This past year, Kitchener Knights of Columbus Council 1504, acted as the temporary summer headquarters for the House of Friendship’s Food Hamper Distribution Centre. After operating at their Guelph Street location for over 20 years, they decided to renovate and expand their building where it receives and sorts food and where recipients come to collect their food hampers. Renovations added an internal loading dock reducing heat loss during winter deliveries and a new client reception area. It took almost a year and $750,000 to greatly increase their space which will reduce the traffic chaos as clients and donors arrive at the Centre. Coinciding with the completion of the Centre’s expansion, Kitchener Knights of Columbus donated $3,500 to further support The House of Friendship Delayed construction began in July while, House of Friendship set up shop next door on the K of C property arranged by Brother Brian Hughes, Chairman of the Columbus Kitchener Co-operative Incorporated.  HOF Executive Director John Neufeld said, “The donated space from the Knights has been a huge help, he said. “I can’t say enough about the help from the Knights of Columbus and the Food Bank. They really have allowed this to happen.”

 

The K of C recognizes the important role The House of Friendship plays in the community. Accepting a $3,500 donation from Council 1504 is Executive Director, Mr. John Neufeld. From l to r, John Neufeld, GK Dave Obermeyer and Mr. Anthony Bender, HOF Community Services Program Director.

The K of C recognizes the important role The House of Friendship plays in the community. Accepting a $3,500 donation from Council 1504 is Executive Director, Mr. John Neufeld. From l to r, John Neufeld, GK Dave Obermeyer and Mr. Anthony Bender, HOF Community Services Program Director.

 

House of Friendship Executive Director Mr. John Neufeld (l) accepts a cheque in the amount of $3,500 from Council 1504 GK Dave Obermeyer. This K of C donation date at their newly expanded Food Hamper Distribution Centre on Guelph Street. Assisting is Mr. Anthony Bender (r), Community Services Program Director.

House of Friendship Executive Director Mr. John Neufeld (l) accepts a cheque in the amount of $3,500 from Council 1504 GK Dave Obermeyer. This K of C donation date at their newly expanded Food Hamper Distribution Centre on Guelph Street. Assisting is Mr. Anthony Bender (r), Community Services Program Director.

 

Proudly demonstrating their caring energy is this happy crew at the newly renovated and expanded Food Hamper Distribution Centre on Guelph Street in Kitchener. Taking one year to complete, The House of Friendship project included a renovated interior of the Centre, with additions for a client reception area and food product receiving department.

Proudly demonstrating their caring energy is this happy crew at the newly renovated and expanded Food Hamper Distribution Centre on Guelph Street in Kitchener. Taking one year to complete, The House of Friendship project included a renovated interior of the Centre, with additions for a client reception area and food product receiving department.

Marillac Place Benefits from K of C Trivia Challenge

On November 11, 2016, the 1st Annual K of C Trivia Challenge was held in aid of Marillac Place of Kitchener. On Friday December 23rd GK Dave Obermeyer and Brother Mac Graham, Event Coordinator presented funds raised to aid in their mandate of providing housing and support services for pregnant and parenting women and their children. On hand to receive a cheque for $12,500 were Marillac Place Assistant Chair Sharon Penlington and Chair Walt Sowinski. Opened in 1987, Marillac Place provided a shelter for abused women. In 1992, they changed their mandate to meet the evolving needs of the community, providing housing and support services for pregnant and parenting women and their children. Marillac Place resolves to give mothers the tools to become effective parents and self-supporting, responsible members of the community. This community shelter provides safe, affordable accommodation, with basic life skill training, childcare guidance and educational opportunities. Marillac Place is open to independent women between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five who are pregnant or who have their child in their care, or who are attempting to regain care of their child. Marillac Place is a Special Works Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (Kitchener Particular Council). Their namesake, Louise de Marillac, was a follower of St. Vincent de Paul, who served the sick and the poor in the sixteenth century.

 

The successful 1st Annual K of C Trivia Challenge, presented by Council 1504, raised $12,500 for Marillac Place of Kitchener. The funds raised will go to support their mandate of providing housing and support services for pregnant and parenting women and their children. (l to r) GK Dave Obermeyer, Brother Mac Graham, Event Coordinator, Sharon Pennington, Assistant Chair Marillac Place and Walt Sowinski, Chair Marillac Place.

The successful 1st Annual K of C Trivia Challenge, presented by Council 1504, raised $12,500 for Marillac Place of Kitchener. The funds raised will go to support their mandate of providing housing and support services for pregnant and parenting women and their children. (l to r) GK Dave Obermeyer, Brother Mac Graham, Event Coordinator, Sharon Pennington, Assistant Chair Marillac Place and Walt Sowinski, Chair Marillac Place.

 

Marillac Place Is the Winner

The Grand Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel was the scene November 11, where 19 teams battled it out to win the coveted title as the winner of the Knights of Columbus sponsored 1st Annual Trivia Challenge. A tie for first place went to the teams of Colours That End In “Urple”, and Risko’s Lab Rats, with a score of 67 correctly answered trivia questions out of 100. The event’s real winner is Marillac Place, where over $12,500 dollars were raised to support its special works. Since 1987, Kitchener’s Marillac Place has provided a safe home for women, meeting the evolving needs of the community. Special thanks to MC, Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin who added to this entertaining and fun-filled affair. Event Co-ordinator Brother Mac Graham thanked all who assisted in the success of this first event. Mac says with over 150 players and guests attending, he hopes to be back soon preparing for the K of C 2nd Annual Trivia Challenge.

 

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Nativity Sales at the Schwaben Club Christmas Bazaar

The K of C festive decorations were on sale at the Schwaben Club's Christmas Bazaar November 13. Manning the booth for Council's first appearance at the Club (L to R) Brothers Brian Hughes, Reinhart Schreiter and Gerry Kelly. Not shown are Brothers Brian Schmalz and Fernando Melo. While many viewed the display table, some sales were made that will go to aid the work of the K of C.

The K of C festive decorations were on sale at the Schwaben Club’s Christmas Bazaar November 13. Manning the booth for Council’s first appearance at the Club (L to R) Brothers Brian Hughes, Reinhart Schreiter and Gerry Kelly. Not shown are Brothers Brian Schmalz and Fernando Melo. While many viewed the display table, some sales were made that will go to aid the work of the K of C.

Coats for Kids 2016

November 13 saw the end of another very successful K of C Coats for Kids Campaign, surpassing that of last year’s drive. Nine Kitchener parishes assisted Council 1504 receiving about 300 garments along with cash and other winter clothing that will go to help keep kids warm this winter. Brother Mike Szabo, with help from wife Ana and Brother Ed Langlois are to be commended for their tireless effort in storing and sorting the much-needed winter wear. Mike will now contact the Waterloo Catholic District School Board where the Region’s Catholic Schools will distribute the coats to those in need.