The David Busby Centre opened its doors March 1, 1993 under the name of ‘Barrie Street Centre’. The founder Mandy Hilliard spent more than two years visiting over 70 churches, businesses, service providers, health care professionals and community members; asking them the same questions she had been asking herself: Are there homeless people in Simcoe County, and if so would a drop-in Centre help? Mandy had a positive response, and an energetic steering committee was formed who worked diligently to create the ‘Barrie Street Centre’.
On the first day that the Centre opened one person came… On the second day three came… On the third day five showed up. The Centre continued to grow daily, until they knew it would be a mainstay in our community