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About Us

Lutherwood is a progressive, not-for-profit health and social service organization that strengthens people's lives by providing mental health, employment and housing services to more than 16,000 people annually in Waterloo Region and Wellington County.

Serving Our Diverse Community

We are committed to expanding our programs and services to meet the needs of our diverse community by learning how BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ communities are disproportionately impacted by discrimination, training staff to work through an anti-racism lens, and fostering relationships to bridge this gap of inequity.

Our Services

For over five decades, children, youth and their families have trusted our accredited Children's Mental Health Services to support them as they cope with serious emotional and behavioural challenges. We provide preventative and supportive services in a variety of settings, and use proven practices to help families cope with life’s challenges. In 2014, Lutherwood was selected as Lead Agency for children's mental health services responsible for planning, access and quality of services across Waterloo Region.

Lutherwood is a leader in Employment Services. We offer a broad range of programs that help individuals find and maintain jobs, newcomers adjust to the Canadian workplace, and employers recruit and train employees. We also provide customized outplacement and adjustment services to help employers and workers manage workplace downsizing.

Lutherwood has been helping individuals find and maintain permanent, safe and affordable housing since 1989. Our Housing Services now includes assistance with loans for rental arrears and deposits where qualified, service resolution support, public education, training and information on housing. We also operate the Safe Haven youth shelter for 12–18-year-olds at risk of living on the street.

Lutherwood Child and Family Foundation works with donors to direct their donations to areas of greatest need such as operating a shelter for youth, supporting children struggling with their world and helping young parents cope with newborns.

As an extension of its work, Lutherwood operates Luther Village on the Park in Waterloo. This retirement community offers an active lifestyle where residents can maintain independence and receive extra support when needed. Residents pay market value with profits used to support Lutherwood’s community work.

Caring Staff

We carefully select and train our staff to listen to your concerns, answer your questions and respond to your needs. And it shows as Lutherwood has earned a 50-year reputation for improving the quality of life of people in our community – people just like you and your family.

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