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  • Malorie Leonetti, Marketing Coordinator at NMI

Local Companies: Thoughtful

This month we wanted to focus on highlights a few “thoughtful” not-for-profits that help to make our community an even better place.


29 Young St E, Waterloo | 519-603-0223 |

Sanguen is a not-for-profit, community-based health care agency with a mission to help those at risk of or living with Hepatitis C through education, outreach, support and medical care. Dr. Chris Steingart, a doctor at Grand River Hospital, recognized there was many people living in the KW region who could benefit from Hepatitis C support and treatment. Sanguen was started and now has multiple physical locations as well as a mobile outreach program.

Some of their services include: a mobile community health van, naloxone training, hepatitis c dedicated nurses, support services and case management, outreach services, laboratory services, pharmacy services, vaccinations, hepatitis testing, peer support groups, individual and group counseling and education.

They believe that people living in at-risk communities deserve compassionate support and accurate information to assist them in making informed choices about their life. Thank you for your hard work and very important, Sanguen!


Our Place

154 Gatewood Rd, Kitchener | 519-571-1626 |

Our Place is a not-for-profit organization that offers programming, support and services for families and children from pre-natal to age six. They have the mission of engaging all children, their families and their support networks in learning opportunities to promote optimal development of children, healthy families and a strong community.

Our Place offers many programs and services such as; Artistic Infants, Baby and Me Breastfeeding, Baby Connections, Community of Learning, Cooking and Conversation, Dads and Kids Drop-in, Early Learning Programming, Infant Massage, Kidsability Speech Language Drop In Support, Parenting in a New Society, Preemie Parent of Waterloo Region and Transition to Kindergarten. They are also a sub-contractor in the delivery of the EarlyON system.

The motto at Our Place is “Our Place is Your Place” and it shows as soon as you walk through their doors. A team of passionate people are ready to help and support in anyway they can. Thanks, Our Place team!


Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region

120 Northfield Drive, Waterloo | 519-747-0664 |

Habitat Humanity is a non-profit organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. With the help of donors, volunteers and partners throughout the region, Habitat can provide a solid foundation for low income families in Waterloo. They also have the ReStore that sells new and used home furniture and accessories at a lower cost. The ReStore also covers ALL administrative costs so any money donated goes directly to rebuilding homes.

Their model is one we truly admire. Instead of giving hand-outs, Habitat provides a “hand up” where the partner with families willing to complete a specific number of volunteer hours, or “sweat equity” and to repay an interest free mortgage.

They’ve helped many families in the Waterloo region, keep it up Habitat!


It’s initiatives like this that help our community run in a positive way and that make us very proud to call KW our home.

Visit us next month for local companies we think are FRESH!

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