Helping Hands: A History of Social Services in Kitchener

Cities past and present have citizens in need of social support: the poor, children and youth, orphans, the sick, elderly and most vulnerable citizens.

Learn about many of their experiences and where they were helped at various times in Kitchener’s history and when the city was still called Berlin.

Hear stories of those who provided help or were served by Berlin citizens and institutions: from an ex-slave, a librarian, a prolific doctor, a wealthy family, to a matron who died of a broken heart!

Location: Downtown Kitchener
Duration: 90 minutes
Distance Covered: 1.7 km
Availability: Back in Spring 2023!
Accessibility: Walk follows city sidewalks and route is adapted around construction.

Good to know:

  • We walk rain or shine
  • This walk begins in front of Kitchener City Hall, but ends at Weber/Queen, which requires a short walk back to Kitchener City Hall, if you need to return there.
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