BDAR IN THE COMMUNITY
BDAR is focused on local and provincial advocacy to ensure the REALTOR® voice is heard. We are dedicated to being more involved within our community and are supporting local initiatives.
Community Shelter-Based Partners
Habitat for Humanity is an organization that forms partnerships with community leaders, builders, suppliers, volunteers and Family Partners; and together they provide simple, adequate and affordable housing to families caught in the vicious cycle of poverty. Habitat for Humanity runs a great program for those looking to renovate their kitchens called the “Kitchens to Homes Program”.
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.
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.
Redwood Park Communities builds safe, affordable, hopeful communities that support families and individuals. Over the last ten years, Redwood has grown from just an idea to 49 units of affordable housing created through a number of initiatives: United House for women and children fleeing violence, the Second Suites program, Lucy’s Place for individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness, and the Family Short-Term Supportive Housing Centre.
Youth Haven began in 1987 after a group of citizens realized that there was a need to house homeless youth in the Barrie area. Currently they have 16 emergency care beds and 5 transitional beds. Youth Haven’s mission is to help homeless youth become successful adults. With their vision to support youth experiencing homelessness by providing safe shelter, programs and services, in an atmosphere of respect and dignity.
United Way Simcoe Muskoka is addressing long-term, systemic issues in our communities through multi-year, cross-sector collaborative projects, creating a stronger Simcoe Muskoka.
Its mission is to improve lives and build communities by leveraging collective resources and mobilizing collective action to achieve the greatest impact.