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The Out of the Cold Foundation is not set up to accept clothing or food donations but most of our individual programs are. “Some of these guests will nowhere to go, so we do encourage the community to drop off sleeping bags. They can either contact Barrie Out of the Cold or drop them off at the David Busby Street Centre,” adds Daoust. This dataset includes 80 thousand charities that are registered under the Income Tax Act and are eligible to issue official donation receipts.
Central Intake for shelter or emergency group lodging is facilitated daily at the David Busby Centre located at 88 Mulcaster Street. Intake starts at 5pm 7 days a week from mid-November through to the end of April. Individuals seeking shelter will be assessed on need and referred to the most appropriate shelter in the community or supported to stay at our emergency group lodging program. “We’ll definitely be working with people for finding them housing, our outreach van will be making sure that we have extra blankets and tarps and sleeping bags out in our outreach van,” says Sara Peddel with the David Busby Street Centre. After 20 years operating out of local churches, Barrie’s Out of the Cold emergency shelter program now has a permanent home at the David Busby Street Centre. As the cold weather continues and the overnight shelter program wraps up at the end of the month, energy is now being directed towards collecting sleeping bags and blankets for those in need.
The success of the Mitten Tree can be attributed to the generosity of the community, local elementary schools and members of the Barrie Police Service. Donations have been sent in from Toronto and as far away as Nanaimo, British Columbia from avid knitters who contribute to the campaign every year. Many families, including seniors, are faced with low income, high rent, and everyday living expenses, and it can be a struggle to make ends meet.
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Please fill in the form below to provide additional information on Barrie Out of The Cold. "I’m very, very proud of my students for getting involved in this project and recognizing that their music can help others," she said. Her passion and the compassion of her students allowed her to present a $723 donation to Barrie Out of the Cold.
Emergency shelters operate out of five churches who donate space and access to kitchens and are run by more than 1,000 volunteers. Barrie Out Of The Cold had their first of two volunteer and recruitment and info nights at City Hall last night. The local organization is in their 20th year of providing meals and emergency shelter to the area’s homeless. Kelly Watson is the president and chair of the BOTC and has been on the board for ten years.
During the winter months between November and May, the David Busby Centre runs Central Intake for all emergency shelter referrals as well as an on-site emergency group lodging program . Barrie Out of the Cold provides safe, respectful and welcoming overnight accommodation and meals to the homeless from November to April. The Barrie Out of the Cold program (B.O.O.T.C) aims to provide an alternative to sleeping out in the cold. For now, the BOTC recruitment is underway as is the drive to raise funds, donations and awareness.
For more information, to donate or volunteer visitBarrie Out of the Cold – Protecting Barrie’s homeless from the cold. "It was a win/win situation since the students were excited to practice more after Christmas to help others less fortunate," said Arksey. "It makes them understand that they can help others through their music. You don’t have to be a highly educated performer to help others through music." BARRIE, ONT. — The Out of the Cold Café in Bradford needs to raise $12,000 by Saturday to purchase a portable washroom and shower unit to help the homeless community.
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Grandparents, aunts and uncles, parents, neighbours – people they knew – were sponsors who either gave a flat donation or paid students for every minute they practiced. The Out of the Cold Foundation is a registered charity and all donations made directly to the Foundation, will be issued a tax receipt. If you have a sleeping bag or blankets to donate, you can contact the Out of the Cold program or drop them off at the David Busby Street Centre in Barrie.
Every year brings new challenges for Watson and her team and along with them, higher numbers of people in need. HEART was started by Busby Centre in 2016 and has grown to be a collaboration of community partners including Gilbert Centre, Barrie Community Health Centre, Simcoe Community Services, etc. HEART aims to engage all people who are living, or at risk of living, on Barrie’s streets by delivering walking street outreach to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in and around our community.
The program, which operates out of different churches from November to the end of April, has provided meals and shelter 4,400 times this winter, that’s more than 300 than last season. Last night the recruitment campaign in the city hall rotunda had respectable numbers with hopes that the second night on Oct. 16 will bring in even more people that will help with the different shifts the group has. Currently HEART is able to be out providing engagement seven days a week; Monday through Friday from 6-8am and Saturday and Sunday from 2-7pm. This program runs from May-October as most people experiencing or at risk of homelessness are in shelters from November–May.
- Grandparents, aunts and uncles, parents, neighbours – people they knew – were sponsors who either gave a flat donation or paid students for every minute they practiced.
- Many families, including seniors, are faced with low income, high rent, and everyday living expenses, and it can be a struggle to make ends meet.
- Furthermore, we engage interest in housing and provide people with the resources to create the shortest path to housing as possible.
- Kelly Watson is the president and chair of the BOTC and has been on the board for ten years.
- Intake starts at 5pm 7 days a week from mid-November through to the end of April.
We assist with information and provide individual advocacy, resources, referrals, as well as short-term and long-term support to individuals living on the street. We have distributed food, water, clothing and other supplies to up to 200 people a night. Furthermore, we engage interest in housing and provide people with the resources to create the shortest path to housing as possible. Street life can be dangerous for vulnerable people, and when we find people in crisis, our team is trained to support and connect them to the appropriate services for safety and support. Barrie Out of the Cold provides accommodation and meals from November through April to people experiencing homelessness.
Arksey decided to launch a voluntary practice-a-thon and 28 students ranging in age from 3 to 15 jumped at the chance. The retired school principal came up with an idea to raise funds for Barrie Out of the Cold and give her students a good reason to practice. Piano teacher Anne Arksey of Midhurst wanted to teach her students that music can make the world a better place.
The need to help individuals stay warm within the community has continued to grow throughout the years. She was also inspired by a group of people who were struggling to keep warm throughout the winter. Her experience living in her car with no place to live and no money while at university stayed with her. Schefter says it was always freezing and I always remembered what that felt like. After a winter with some of the lowest temperatures on record, Whitey appreciates the service even more. If you’re thought is that you’re too busy and don’t know how you’ll fit the time in, Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman signed up last night and encourages all to as well.