News

Aug
9
2015
Have you ever felt invisible? Most of us have felt ignored at some time in our lives and remember the hurt. Yet this is an almost constant feeling for many of our neighbours experiencing poverty and homelessness. The David Busby Street Centre set out to change this in 2009 when they approached Georgian College to involve photography students in a new community project, thanks to a grant from the...
Jul
19
2015
Shady trees on the former site of the Vespra Street fire hall offered a bit of respite from the heat on Sunday. Dozens of people were milling about, taking advantage of the generosity and caring of two David Busby Street Centre workers who were doling out food and water to the city's needy from the Busby Street Outreach Van. It is a welcome site to Barrie's marginalized population. One side of...
Apr
29
2015
David Busby Street Centre clients will soon receive improved medical care thanks to a $37,000 infusion this week. The local street shelter was one of two recipients of funds raised by the inaugural Hockey Helps the Homeless tournament at the end of March. “We have so much gratitude to be part of such an amazing event,” Busby executive director Sara Peddle said. She said the money would be used to...
Apr
19
2015
While taking bids on a large screen TV, local singer Glenn Coulson and Krista Richards of A Touch of Class Auctions, work the crowd during the David Busby Street Centre's 10th annual Street Light Gala held at the The West Event Centre. The event is the facility's biggest fundraiser of the year. Nearly 200 guests attended the event, which helped raise support for the centres efforts in reducing...
Mar
12
2015
Watch the video here: http://barrie.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=568462&binId=1.1272429&playlistPag...
Mar
4
2015
When Emma Lockhart saw a woman offering soup to the homeless at Fred Grant Square last fall it changed her world. The tiny, blond Barrie girl asked her mother what homeless people were, her mother Lynn Gosselin, said at the David Busby Street Centre, Tuesday. “Once I explained some people don't have homes, she wanted to help,” Gosselin said, adding they saw the soup donation in the fall, but...
Jan
30
2015
Mayor Jeff Lehman is proud of his city. Barrie is increasing in prosperity and desirability as a place to live, especially for families. Demographically, we are one of the youngest communities in Canada and continue to be one of the fastest growing cities in the country, with 40% of our population 20- 44 years old. But progress comes at a cost. As stated in his December 2013 blog, "We have a...
Jan
14
2015
Wearing a warm hat and a sheepskin-lined jean jacket, Ron said he's spent the last few nights at Barrie's Out of the Cold (BOOTC) shelter, sleeping on a mattress on a church floor. “It's a good place to go when you're out on the street,” said Ron (no surname used), while warming up Wednesday at the David Busby Centre. “It's a blessing because the last few nights have been so cold.” While most...
Jan
9
2015
Northern Protocol president Aaron Weston now drives a BMW, has 10 employees and is about to open a third location. He now supports organizations such as the David Busby Street Centre and encourages you to participate in Hockey Helps the Homeless March 6, which also supports the street centre and Redwood Park Communities. Originally from Hamilton, Weston left home and dropped out of school at age...
Jan
2
2015
With a roof over its head, Barrie Pathways to End Homelessness will move forward in 2015 to create services to help people live safely, be housed and stay housed. “2014 was a year of getting organized as Pathways as this collective initiative. Now we have a lot of that behind us. We have bylaws and a facility,” Pathways board chairperson Tom Coon said. “Now we can move forward on the work of...