Quoting from [Brice Balmer]'s book, Meeting Our Multifaith Neighbors, House of Friendship board chair Elizabeth McNair noted that "faith is a lived reality" applied to Balmer in many ways.Light moments came when Wendy Kirk of the Catholic Family Counselling Centre remembered Balmer as "the best dressed" among the social workers, and Deb Schlichter, executive director of House of Friendship, recalled that they could always tell when Balmer was going to the counselling centre by how well he was dressed. She also noted that Balmer was known by the users of House of Friendship services as "that minister? "the pastor without a collar? and "the big boss? Schlichter called him "a whirlwind of energy, ideas and enthusiasm" who cared deeply for the poor of Waterloo Region.