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BDAR Launches Second Annual 'A Night of Shelter' Virtual Fundraiser

The Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® (BDAR) is excited to launch its second annual virtual fundraiser, A Night of Shelter. From now until November 25th, BDAR will be working to raise money in support of Youth Haven, the Busby Centre, and the Lighthouse.

A safe warm night of shelter frees people from the heavy burden of feeling unsafe and nowhere to belong. Even one night of shelter provides a person in crisis with the emotional, mental, and physical needs to give them the strength to go to the next stage in health and well-being.

The average night of shelter in our region costs $30 and our goal is to raise 730 nights for a total of $22,000,” said Luc Woolsey, 2022 BDAR President. “Here are a few stories from those who have benefitted from shelter and programs provided by our partnering organizations:”

“I came to Youth Haven after struggling with homelessness. Working with the resources that Youth Haven provided I was able to attain housing and maintain this more stable living environment. I’ve also restarted my education through correspondence and am working toward some impressive goals.”

“Without Busby, I would be on the street. They have helped me to get back on my feet at a time when nobody else would. I haven’t been shown this type of kindness in a long time. I will never forget any of them and will remain extremely grateful.”

“I want other at-risk youth to know that Youth Haven will help you succeed if it’s truly what you want for yourself.”

BDAR has been a long-time contributor to local shelter-based organizations through various initiatives. “A Night of Shelter came from the need to contribute much-needed funds to help provide housing for all. We know that in the County of Simcoe, at least 722 individuals are experiencing homelessness” Woolsey says.

As we continue to see a lack of access to safe and affordable housing and resources, the Night of Shelter Fundraiser provides a chance to highlight these important issues happening within our communities and to support the long-term programs of local organizations recognized and respected for good works across Simcoe County.

“Last year exceeded our expectations and we are counting on our BDAR Realtors® and the community to help make it even bigger this year,” says Woolsey

Your donations give the gift of a brighter future for those seeking shelter in Simcoe County and support the programs provided by these local agencies.

Donate a night or several nights of shelter at


Follow the fundraiser progress on the BDAR social channels:

Instagram - @barrierealtors

Facebook - @BDARinc


For more information, please contact:

The Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® P: 705-739-4650

E: W:

676 Veterans Drive, Barrie, ON L9J 0H6


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