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Barrie shelter launches new housing campaign

Shelter Me campaign's goal is to have second-stage housing units available by March 2024
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Teresa MacLennan is the executive director of the Women and Children's Shelter of Barrie. | Jessica Owen/BarrieToday files

The Shelter Me campaign is a $500,000 project that will help purchase urgently needed second-stage housing.

The Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie provides emergency residential support to over 30 women and their children every night. While our shelter tries to meet the demands for service, we are over capacity and cannot provide the much-needed crisis services that many women need.

To address the need for specialized, safe and affordable housing for women experiencing abuse, we are embarking on our next housing campaign. In addition to our current second-stage housing, we will be launching our newest Shelter Me campaign to raise the much-needed funds to purchase separate units that will house families leaving our shelter.

Teresa MacLennan, executive director for the shelter, says, “Our team works hard every day to help better the lives of abused women and children, and assisting them to find affordable housing is part of that journey. We know how to provide the emotional, resource and caring support that our families need, but they need to be housed in a location that can provide that very specialized service.”

Plans are underway to find a Barrie property to purchase, with the hope of having units furnished and updated with kitchens well stocked to welcome women and kids by March of 2024.