Do you know something about the Waterloo County House of Refuge?

Share your memories of “The Poorhouse” 1869 – 1951

  • Do you know a former resident or staff member?
  • Did you live in the neighbourhood of the House?
  • Do you have photos related to the House, residents, or the neighbourhood?
  • Do you have a story, an anecdote, or an artifact to share?

No anecdote is too small.

Contact: Sandy at SIRG (519) 884-0710 ext. 5232

Researchers (Dr. Ginette Lafrenière and Dr. Sandy Hoy) at Wilfrid Laurier University are collecting stories, anecdotes, memories, photos and artifacts associated with the House of Refuge to develop an online museum exhibit and tell the story of a forgotten part of Waterloo Region’s history. Your contribution can be kept confidential or be shared at your discretion.

If you are interested in contributing to this project through sharing information or artifacts, please contact Sandy at the Social Innovation Research Group (SIRG) at: 519-884-0710, ext. 5232 or: Please contact us by September 2015.

The Research Ethics Board at Wilfrid Laurier University has reviewed and approved this project. If you feel you have concerns about this study, or your rights as a participant in research have been violated during the course of this project, you may contact Dr. Robert Basso, Chair, University Research Ethics Board, Wilfrid Laurier University, (519) 884-0710, extension 4994, or Approval #4418