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Rooted articles share stories about the people and places that make us proud to call our community home.

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Local church serves over 1,000 free meals a week

Local church serves over 1,000 free meals a week

‘We never turn people away because we never run out of food,’ said Father Toby Collins
Former runaway helps victims of human trafficking sleep tight

Former runaway helps victims of human trafficking sleep tight

‘I was scared and yet putting on a fresh new pair of pajamas gave me a sense of comfort and hope,’ said Meaghan Martin, founder of Sleep Tight
Where there’s goodwill, there’s a Way

Where there’s goodwill, there’s a Way

For the Way family, giving less during the pandemic wasn't an option
School bus driver shaving her head for local homeless

School bus driver shaving her head for local homeless

Known for her vibrant red hair, she plans to shave her head live on Facebook once her goal of $1000 is reached
Down syndrome awareness campaign becomes international success

Down syndrome awareness campaign becomes international success

‘The more we know about each other in this world, the better people we become,’ said Hillary Gauld-Camilleri
Local psychology student in the running for Miss Universe

Local psychology student in the running for Miss Universe

‘Growing up, I was always a positive individual, even after my father was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression’
Community Fridge project coming to Waterloo Region

Community Fridge project coming to Waterloo Region

The group behind the program hopes to have at least one fridge up and running in early September
Kitchener woman represents Canada in World’s Toughest: Eco-Challenge Fiji

Kitchener woman represents Canada in World’s Toughest: Eco-Challenge Fiji

Lying down for a two-hour sleep with water dripping on her face through the roof of the tent, she watched as hundreds of cockroaches skittered up the walls clustering into every crease and seam of the tent
Founders of St. Agatha community fostered over 30 children

Founders of St. Agatha community fostered over 30 children

'To see all the disadvantaged children they opened their home up to - to mend, repair and rebuild their lives into a more fulfilling, positive, productive future life - their philanthropic nature was inspiring'
The healing powers of Rockway Gardens

The healing powers of Rockway Gardens

If the Gardens could speak, they’d share a novel full of stories
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