Timeline

Our timeline explores some key moments and milestones that have played a significant role in Lutherwood's history. Move back and forth through the past five decades by using the navigation above.

1970s
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  • Lutherwood Begins as a Centennial Project
    1967

    Lutherwood begins as a centennial project sponsored by the Lutheran Church of Canada to "serve a genuine need among our people, and be something they would be proud and happy to have begun at this milestone in history.

    Photo: Pastor Meibohm, C.N. Weber, Al Schendel, Rev. Erdman and Ralph Kraft

  • Clearing the Land
    1969

    Land is cleared and construction starts on a small residential mental health treatment centre on Benjamin Road in Waterloo

  • Lutherwood Opens its Doors
    1970

    Original building completed to house 14 boys in full-time residence, a classroom, a recreational area and offices.

    Photo: Original cottage (1970)

  • Lutherwood Expands
    1971

    Groundbreaking for first of several expansions accommodates addition of day treatment and educational programming to the residential program.

    Photo: groundbreaking ceremony for the E.R.A building. (left to right) Ralph Kraft, Dean Engbrecht, Allan Schendel, Carl N. Weber, Wallace Moll, Architect, Rev. Horace Erdman and Rev. Theodore Meibohm, Director

  • First Expansion into the Community
    1978

    The Highland-Stirling Community Project - Lutherwood's first expansion into the community - provided social support to children and families with a focus on early prevention.

    Photo: Highland Stirling Community Centre

1980s
1980S2
 
  • Lutherwood Child & Family Foundation is Established
    1981

    As funding sources became scarce and difficult times were forecasted, Lutherwood Child and Family Foundation was established to secure funds for its program needs.

    Photo: Pastor Meibohm receiving one of Lutherwood's first donations, a $500 cheque from Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sarnia (1972)

  • Home Care Program
    1981

    The Home Care Program launches to provide mental health supports for 9-14 year-old youth in their own homes.

    Photo: C.C.Ws Rob Kennedy and Ann Jones working with youth.

  • Helping Youth Find Work
    1983

    With a youth unemployment rate of 20%, Lutherwood establishes a Youth Employment Centre to offer 16-24 year-old adults counselling, training and other supports for finding full-time employment.

    Photo: Lutherwood Employment Counselling staff gathered outside main entrance

  • Hepling Youth Find Safe, Affordable Housing
    1983

    Lutherwood starts offering housing services with a single Housing Counsellor working out of the Youth Employment Centre to assist young people in their search for safe, affordable housing.

    Photo: Gord MacDonald was Lutherwood's original Housing Coach

  • New Assessment Centre Opens
    1988

    Lutherwood Assessment Services location opens in downtown Kitchener to provide children and youth with psychological, neuro-psychological, psychiatric and other assessments before beginning treatment programs.

    Photo: Lutherwood Assessment Services location at 39 Water Street N., Kitchener.

  • Child & Parent Place is Established
    1988

    Child & Parent Place (CAPP) launches at Emmanuel United Church (Waterloo) to give children, whose family is experiencing separation or divorce, a neutral, safe, supervised site for visits with the parent who no longer resides with the family.

    Photo: Advertisement for Child & Parent Place open house in Lutherwood News, Fall 1988 edition.

1990s
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  • Lutherwood Achieves Accreditation
    1990

    Lutherwood becomes one of the first agencies to achieve accreditation through the Ontario Association of Children's Mental Health Centres.

    Photo: Jean Smith (Auditor) with Clint Rohr and Cheryl Martin (1990)

  • Expansion of Employment Services
    1992

    Lutherwood Employment Services expands and moves into Kitchener's former Fox Theatre to provide youth with easy access to training, education, life skills and employment counselling.

    Photo: former Fox Theatre, Downtown Kitchener

  • A Community for Seniors
    1996

    Ground is broken on Luther Village on the Park - a community to support seniors in their retirement years.

  • Lutherwood Merges with CODA
    1998

    Lutherwood merges with CODA (Community Opportunities Development Association) and Cambridge Interfaith Family Counselling to deliver adult, self-employment, housing and counselling services in Cambridge and Guelph.

    Photo: CODA office at 35 Dickson Street. Presently the site of Lutherwood's Cambridge Employment and Housing office.

  • Grand Opening of Luther Village on the Park
    1998

    Luther Village opens as a safe and caring space for seniors and to generate additional funds to support Lutherwood's services

    Photo: Luther Village in 1998, shortly after the finishing touches were added to the building.

2000s
2000S
 
  • Woodlands Cottage Built
    2000

    Woodlands cottage opens to increase residential mental health treatment capacity at Children's Mental Health Centre

    Photo: Woodlands Cottage located at 285 Benjamin Road

  • Lutherwood Acquires Safe Haven Youth Shelter
    2001

    Lutherwood acquires Safe Haven Youth Shelter, providing youth as young as 12 with emergency shelter and a safe alternative to living on the streets.

    Photo: Lutherwood Housing Services and Safe Haven Youth Shelter location at 41 Weber St. W., Kitchener (formerly known as Betty Thompson Youth Centre)

  • Luther Village Expands
    2003

    Luther Village adds assisted living suites to provide services that enable seniors to live independently for as long as possible.

    Photo: Groundbreaking of Luther Village's Sunshine Centre for assisted living (2003)

  • The first "BoardWalk" (Steps for Kids)
    2008

    Lutherwood Child & Family Foundation hosts its first BoardWalk (later named Steps for Kids) to raise funds for mental health services and youth activities.

    Photo: Lutherwood staff and Board members taking part in the first BoardWalk, which took place at Luther Village on the Park

  • Specialized Newcomer Services Offered in Guelph
    2008

    The Job Search Workshop program launches in Guelph as the first Lutherwood program designed specifically to help newcomers find work.

    Photo: Lutherwood's former Guelph Employment office (2008)

  • Front Door Becomes New Children's Mental Health Access Point
    2009

    KidsLink (now Carizon) and Lutherwood open Front Door as a central access point for children's mental health services in Waterloo Region.

    Photo: Sonja Pouyat, KidsLink Executive Director and John Colangeli, Lutherwood CEO cut the cake at Front Door's open house (2009)

2010s
2010S
 
  • Lutherwood Earns Best Workplace Award
    2010

    Efforts to enhance workplace culture earn Lutherwood its first of three annual Best Workplace Awards.

    Photo (left to right): Bud Norman, Chris Sellers, Sunny Field, Mark Huehnergard, Ann Van Norman, Sandra Watt, Shelley Westerman and John Colangeli

  • Children's Mental Health Centre Expands
    2011

    Children's Mental Health Centre renovations and expansion provides a more open and welcoming space for youth in care.

    Photo: New Atrium Lutherwood's Benjamin Road site (2012)

  • Housing Services Grows
    2012

    Lutherwood's Housing Services expands to serve the population in Cambridge

    Photo: Lutherwood Housing Staff outside Kitchener's Housing Services location (2012)

  • Lutherwood is Named Lead Agency for Children's Mental Health
    2014

    Government selects Lutherwood as Lead Agency responsible for quality and planning of children's mental health services in Waterloo Region.

    Photo: Lead Agency Advisory Committee (2015)

  • Re-located Guelph Office Improves Accessibility
    2017

    Guelph Employment Centre relocates in downtown Guelph to improve accessibility and better serve the community.

    Photo: New Guelph Employment office located at 89 Wyndham St. N. (3rd Floor)

  • Lutherwood Housing Leads Two Key Initiatives in Waterloo Region
    2018

    Region of Waterloo selects Lutherwood to lead two key initiatives aimed at ending chronic homelessness in Waterloo Region.

    Photo: Lutherwood staff at Housing Resource Centre in Kitchener