Collecting boots for those in need

Connected Core launches a winter boot drive. As the cold weather and snow approach, there is a need for winter boots for those experiencing homelessness in Barrie.

Captain Stephanie Watkinson Executive Director at the Salvation Army, Bayside Mission noted,  “The majority of men she sees come through The Salvation Army would not have winter boots.”

Connected Core is coordinating a drive for gently used boots, which will be provided to community partners serving those in need. The collected boots will be distributed by Salvation Army, David Busby Centre, the Gilbert Centre and Redwood Park Communities.

Members of the community are encouraged to drop off gently used winter boots to the drop off boxes in either of the two drop off location: RVH RAAM clinic (70 Wellington St., Barrie lower level) or Barrie Police Services Bell Farm Rd office (60 Bell Farm Rd., Barrie; Mon-Fri 8-4). Donations should be dropped off by December 9.

The goal of the Connected Core Pilot Program is to create awareness of services currently available in the downtown core, by bringing together community partners and other key stakeholders, and to work together to fill gaps identified in the community. The aim of the Pilot Program is to connect marginalized individuals to the right services at the right time by providing access to a comprehensive archive of all our community partners and downtown stakeholders.

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