Meet Two Incredible Partners and Be Rich!

We want to be a community that is rich in good deeds, generous, and willing to share.

That’s why we have our annual BeRich giving and serving campaign!

We partner with 4 fantastic organizations serving our cities in important ways:

  • The Barrie Food Bank
  • The Lighthouse Soup Kitchen and Shelter
  • The Busby Center
  • The Orillia Salvation Army

Throughout BeRich, students in our Leadership Development Program at Connexus Church got to meet, interview and bring you more about why these partners are so important to our cities!

You have until midnight on Dec 20th to donate to these awesome organizations through the BeRich Campaign! Donate now.

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The David Busby Street Centre is an important part of Barrie, providing accommodation and important services for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They have a non-judgmental approach in which everyone is welcome. They strive to improve the conditions of families within Simcoe County that are homeless or are on the verge of becoming homeless.

The David Busby Street Centre truly acts as a “hub” for the homeless providing them all the necessary services they need to get off the street. This can include medical support, addiction support, financial support, as well as transportation. If the centre does not supply services the participant needs, the team at the Busby Centre are well equipped to link the participants to local partners.

The David Busby Street Centre is a non-profit organization, which means that all of the services they provide are made possible by donations from the public. The Busby Centre also has a street outreach program that provides the homeless with warm meals. All meals are prepped and prepared by volunteers daily in the Busby Center’s kitchen. Nightly the “Big Red Van” is filled with food and common supplies to serve the homeless. The van averages about 70 visits per night.

With all that said, the Busby Centre is truly a place where the homeless can go to and call it their home. I got to personally tour the Busby Centre and I discovered that everyone using the centre, even the ones experiencing tough times, had a sense of community and respect for it. I think the reasoning behind this is because the centre is something they can call their own; it is their “part time home”.

 

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What is the mission and vision of the Lighthouse?

The Lighthouse’s goal is to help those in need to regain their basic necessities of life and personal dignity. Their mission is:

To facilitate ministry to the poor and need, by provide food and temporary shelter and presenting the “Good News” of new life by faith in Jesus Christ.

What do you want people to know about The Lighthouse?

The Lighthouse has a Soup Kitchen and Drop-in that is open to the public. They serve around 30-40 meals every day. They also operate a shelter. They have 14 beds for men who need a warm safe place to stay. Along with these immediate aids, The Lighthouse also partners with community organizations; offering social service resources such as housing, mental health care, employment and addiction counselling.

The main goal of The Lighthouse is to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect, no matter where they are coming from.

A Great Story

One of the success stories coming from The Lighthouse is a man named Rob. Eight years ago Rob was on the streets, and he used The Lighthouse’s services. Now, in 2015, Rob is in the Social Service Worker Program at Georgian College and wants to give back to the community that helped him. He is currently doing his placement for the program with The Lighthouse.

How Can We Help?

Linda told us that there is a need for volunteers throughout the week to come in and clean and do maintenance around the shelter. There is also a need for donations, such as office supplies, Orillia bus tickets, window coverings and a vacuum. Personal items such as hygiene supplies or men’s work boots and work pants are appreciated as well. And food is always welcome to supply the Soup Kitchen.

 

 

You have until midnight on Dec 20th to donate to these awesome organizations through the BeRich Campaign! Donate now.

 

 

 

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