Stories

December 10, 2014 - 8:20am

Last winter we launched our new Outreach Van and enhanced the outreach programming. “We knew we needed a new van and we approached the Rotary Clubs for assistance having no idea what was in store for us and we could not have been happier with the result.” stated Sara Peddle, DBC Executive Director.

Lawrence Vindum, owner of the Butcher Shop and well known entrepreneur was assigned the...

December 3, 2014 - 9:07am

It is a very exciting time at the David Busby Centre. We are in our new location at 88 Mulcaster Street and we are settling into our new home nicely as part of Phase One of the Barrie Pathways initiative. Through the immediate and never ending support of our community, volunteers, community partners, participants and staff the transition was a true statement of the commitment and dedication...

September 23, 2013 - 12:51pm

I first learned about the David Busby Street Centre in 2002 when we visited for a Grade 9 religion retreat.

That day we met with a few individuals upstairs who shared their stories and told us what the centre was all about and how it continues to be an important part of their lives.

The centre is a drop-in for the homeless, at risk of being homeless and low income individuals....

September 23, 2013 - 12:50pm

It’s quite exhilarating when you put yourself in a new situation where you’re out of your element and pushing your comfort zone. Not knowing what to expect, feeling perhaps a bit intimidated while jumping into the unknown, your mind making up ‘what if’ scenarios, all while getting shots of excitement by the potential for making a difference in someone’s life. This is what I can remember...

September 23, 2013 - 12:49pm

The hardest part of nursing is knowing how to work with the public. It is the art of meeting someone at their most vulnerable times, when they are ill, hurt and stressed, and yet building a caring relationship...

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September 23, 2013 - 12:46pm

Do you want to be part of an exciting and dynamic team? My volunteering began about nine years ago, shortly after my father had passed away. My mother was finally able to put some of his clothes together to give away. I did a little investigating...

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September 23, 2013 - 12:45pm

I grew up in the Barrie area and can remember hearing about the David Busby Street Centre and the work done there from my parents. However, it was not until about 18 months ago that I started to truly appreciate the important role that the Centre plays in our community...

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September 23, 2013 - 12:44pm

A 62-year-old woman has been laid off because her company shut down. She lives in a one-bedroom apartment and now has to apply for employment insurance. Her employment insurance benefits will be enough to pay for rent with only a small amount left over for food and any other expenses she might have...

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September 23, 2013 - 12:42pm

Craig is a university graduate, a poet, an author, a chef, and formerly a homeless man. Craig came from a good family in Alliston and since then has lived in many areas of British Columbia and Barrie. After suffering from sexual abuse at a young age, Craig continued with his path of education while intermittently suffering
from depression...

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September 23, 2013 - 12:41pm

The Busby Centre is known in the community for the services it offers including housing, medical, clothing and food, but it also offers many unadvertised events cultivated by its participants. Last week, my curiosity was
piqued by a group of men playing cards at a table. I sat down, introduced myself and asked what it was they were playing...

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