Free or Cheap Kitchener
For the second year in a row, Free or Cheap Kitchener has collected and generously donated a number of welcome packages including various household items which will be much appreciated by families in our Families in Transition program.
Thank you to the Plugin team, a group of young professionals who hosted a summer event “Alley, Art and Ale” in the downtown Kitchener core raised funds and awareness for Safe Haven youth shelter.
Bell Let's Talk Community Fund
We received a $20,000 funding grant from Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund to expand our pilot Connect Parenting Group program to help parents and guardians build healthier relationships with their teenage child, support their child’s mental health needs and access other community services as required. The funds were raised through the 2015 Bell Let's Talk's campaign.
Marty's Workshop and Bike Program
Under the guidance of tech teacher Marty Wilson, youth at Lutherwood's Children's Mental Health Centre can learn skills that could lead them into a career in the trades. Over the past year, they have built a small house right in the centre of their busy classroom and through our bike program, students are given a used bike, along with the skills to repair it, customize it, and make it their own. These programs are made possible by the generous donations of many friends who contributed materials and their used bikes. Thank you!
Strides Annual Walk/Run
Love, light and hope! Thank you Holly, and to everyone who participated in the first annual Strides Walk/Run, for this special gift of $1,092 for our youth!
$elling Home$ for Lutherwood
Ian Inglis has been a Realtor for over 30 years in our region and he’s a great guy with a big heart. In 2015, he vowed to raise $5000 through his campaign "$elling Home$ for Lutherwood", in which $100 from every home he sold in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was donated to Lutherwood's Children's Mental Health Centre.
Train the Trainer
Train the Trainer is hosted by Price Chiropractic & Fitness. Participants have fun turning fitness coaches into Superheroes and then reversing the roles to let the Price Fit Members train them for a night. Last year the event raised $2,270 for Lutherwood Recreational Therapy Program with 100% of the proceeds being used to purchase equipment to keep the kids active.
Hockey Helps the Homeless
For three successful years, eight teams of local hockey players have enjoyed a fantasy hockey experience, getting to play and hang out with NHL Alumni. The fun event raises awareness of a not-so-fun community issue: homelessness. The most recent tournament raised $155,000 to support 5 homeless prevention agencies in KW.
A Blooming Affair Fashion Show
For the past two years, The Blooming Affair Fashion show has donated a portion of its raffle proceeds to Lutherwood's children's mental health programs. It is a night to look forward to each year. A fun, flashy celebration of local fashion.
Annual Dennis Strassburger Memorial Golf Tournament
In just six years, the Annual Dennis Strassburger Memorial Golf Tournament has raised more than $240,000 in support of Lutherwood’s Children’s Mental Health and Denny’s Café. A very special thank you goes out to Strassburger Windows and Doors for all of their support and generosity over the years.
The Home Depot
The Orange Door Campaign is a fundraising program that unites all The Home Depot stores associated with the Home Depot Canada Foundation in their efforts to help put an end to youth homelessness in Canada. For two years in a row, proceeds raised through The Orange Door Project by associates at The Home Depot Waterloo and Kitchener West stores supported Lutherwood’s Safe Haven Youth Shelter.
Lutherwood’s Safe Haven was also honoured with a Community Grant of $40,000 in order to make some improvements to our shelter. Thank you Home Depot!
The Astley Family Foundation
The Astley Family Foundation has pledged support for the next three years for the Music Therapy Program at Lutherwood. (Photo: Executive Director Jennifer Astley-Kinsey and Brian McBay, Music therapist in the Music Therapy Room at Lutherwood)
Cowan Insurance Group
Grateful to our Friends from Cowan Insurance Group and the Cowan Foundation for donating $72,000, raised from the Cowan Charity golf tournament to support the youth we serve at Lutherwood. Thank you!
100 Guitars for 100 Kids
Bob's Guitar Service, School of Rock KW and Virtual Causeway came together and generously donated a dozen beautifully refurbished guitars to the music therapy program as part of their 100 Guitars for 100 Kids project.
The Ontario General Insurance Hockey Tournament
Thank you to Kevin Donovan and to everyone who participated in the Ontario General Insurance Hockey Tournament, which donated $5000 from its March tournament proceeds to Lutherwood.
Lutherwood is grateful for our longstanding partnership with RBC Royal Bank and the RBC Foundation. Not only are they the presenting sponsor for our signature event, Steps for Kids, they have funded a number of projects that have helped decreased the stigma around mental health as well as increasing the access to services for children and families.
Thank you Equitable Life for generously donating $10,000 to fund a dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) classroom for our youth to enjoy.
City of Waterloo Youth Council
Thank you to the City of Waterloo Youth Council who hosted a movie night to raise funds for Lutherwood and raise awareness of mental health.