The year 2020 is a particularly special year as it is the start of Lutherwood’s semi-centennial anniversary. And it is a great time to reflect on our incredible past and look ahead to an even brighter future.
Fifty years of service is an incredible milestone only made possible by the efforts of hundreds of people in our community; from staff to board members, from clients to students and from volunteers to donors. Each person brought their caring hearts to the table and put their trust in us to walk alongside us in making our community stronger.
Founded in June of 1970, Lutherwood has grown, thrived and achieved great success. In our first year we opened to support 14 teenage boys who were struggling with their mental health. Last year, we provided children’s mental health, employment, housing and seniors’ services to more than 19,600 people in Waterloo Region and Wellington County.
Whether you are a current or past staff member, donor or volunteer, something magical happens when a group of people with the hearts of servants who genuinely care for and want to help others comes together to form something greater than themselves, and we have seen that magic over these past five decades.
I encourage you to explore the 50th Anniversary section of our website to learn more about Lutherwood and to be part of our celebration as we begin the next 50 years of strengthening lives in our community. And, as a friend of Lutherwood, I hope you will continue to help us strengthen lives for the next 50 years.
Dr. John Colangeli
“Since being housed, I have been able to work towards many of my goals, I have addressed my health concerns, and I have been able to strengthen many of my relationships.”