Circle of Friends

In British Columbia and Ontario, Circle of Friends supports individuals and families transitioning from homelessness and shelter-living back into the community.

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Friendship makes a difference

Circles are small groups of two to three volunteers and an individual transitioning out of homelessness who meet for a couple of hours each week. These Circles create a network of support for people in transition, with activities tailored to meet individual needs: one week a Circle may work on a budget, and the next they may go for coffee and visit.

Wayne from MCC's Circle of Friends program

Wayne from MCC’s Circle of Friends program talks about what it means to be seen and served by individuals who volunteer in this program.

Ways to support Circle of Friends:


We need volunteers to become part of Circles and to help support individuals making this transition. No special experience or background is required to volunteer, but volunteers should be compassionate, patient, and good listeners.

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In Kitchener-Waterloo (ON)

MCC Ontario's Circle of Friends program is a partnership with the YW Kitchener-Waterloo and The Region of Waterloo's Housing Stability System. 

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In Abbotsford / Mission B.C.

Circle of Friends in Abbotsford/Mission, British Columbia, serves individuals and families in our community. If you live in or around this area, think about volunteering to be part of a Circle.

Want to know more?

Interested in knowing more about volunteering for Circle of Friends? Contact us and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly. 


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Support individuals and families transitioning from homelessness and shelter-living.