November 1 - 26 2021

A Night of Shelter is BDAR's new virtual fundraiser that ran from November 1st to 26th 2021 and raised funds in support of Youth Haven, Women & Children's Shelter of Barrie, and The Busby Centre. 

Thanks to the generosity and engagement of BDAR members and the greater community, we raised over $25,000 in 2021! 

We are looking forward to running this fundraiser annually to encourage a brighter future for those seeking shelter and to support the long-term programs of local organizations recognized and respected for good works across Simcoe County. 

Goal Tracker

Updated November 24th

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The David Busby Centre has been operational since 1993 and is a community not-for-profit organization working from a non-judgmental approach to advocate for and improve conditions for individuals and families within the County of Simcoe who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.

David Busby Centre offers a variety of services from shelter, food, outreach, warming/cooling center, housing supporting services and so much more.


The Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie has been providing shelter and support services to abused women and children since 1981. The agency consists of a 27-bed crisis shelter along with Outreach services onsite. Approximately 1,000 women and children are assisted by the agency annually.


In addition to shelter, staff provide individual and group counselling, legal information and support, court support, information about violence against women, referrals to other community and social services, and public education in the community.

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Youth Haven provides youth experiencing homelessness and at-risk youth between the ages of 16-24 with the love, support, guidance, programs, and life skills needed to foster their sense of well-being and security.


As Simcoe County’s only emergency shelter for youth experiencing homelessness, Youth Haven also provides outreach services and programs to at-risk youth in Barrie, Orillia, Midland, Southern Georgian Bay, and South Simcoe.