Using a simple recipe of Food, Fund, & Storytelling within a safe, learning, environment, small groups foster a sense of belonging and support for individual growth and social change. 

Story Blogs

2022 Reflections

December 16, 2022

A Message from the Bedford House Board of Directors In December, as the light of the day diminishes and cold descends, kin and kind draw closer to strengthen and celebrate…

Conscientization Anyone?

October 31, 2022

by, Allan Smith-Reeve Last Saturday I attended an all-day gathering of representatives from United Church Communities of Faith in our Eastern Ontario Region. Interesting to see how an old church…

Sabbatical Works in progress

September 30, 2022

September 2022 It was so good to be back in church last Sunday with the choir in full form.  Old friends and new singing along with them praising our Creator,…

From what fertile soil will the next Bridging Teams emerge?

December 15, 2021

Under the crust of winter’s snow, seeds continue to draw from the energy deep in the dark soil – responding to the sun’s slow return. While we can’t always see…


December 13, 2021

Dear Friend,  At a Neighbours Network meeting this fall, Matt Barlow, one of our newest Catalysts (Team members with lived-experience of poverty) told us that he feels he’s become part…

An Oasis moment: Neighbours meet August 4th

August 30, 2021

Allan Smith-Reeve In the midst of a summer with record heat waves, wildfires beyond recorded memory, as the arrival of Global warming sinks into our psyches…the Neighbours Network gathered.  Out…

EDGEy Conversations – Changing the Narrative of Poverty

February 18, 2021

Now working alongside with Bridges Peterborough programming, Bedford House started a journey many years ago of what it looks like to be in deep relationship with people with lived experience…

A Failure of Imagination

November 24, 2020

Allan David Smith-Reeve, September 6, 2019 Instead of working to “fix” poverty and “the poor” – which is not working no matter how many resources we throw at it. Why…

How does wealth isolate us?

August 24, 2020

Reverend Allan Smith-Reeve, August 2020  “Loneliness and social isolation are now being recognized as public health issues in Ontario. In his recent report, Connected Communities: Healthier Together. Ontario’s Chief Medical…

Collage image of mind mapping


April 3, 2020

Story(telling) as part of the Bridging Team Process helping us to understand who we are today — and the art of practicing humanity How can we awaken more humanity in…