Youth Haven News & Articles

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Car Wash for Youth Haven

Give your vehicle a wash and shine on Saturday, September 21 (last weekend of summer), while choosing to #BeTheDifference for #YouthHaven! Thank you Klassic Car Wash, the Barrie Police Association, andMoffatt’s Learn More

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Youth Haven is looking for new Board Members

Community Leaders Needed! 2-5 hours per month Board Responsibility: Establishing strategic and policy direction Commitment to the strategic plan, vision, mission, and values of Youth Haven Providing for excellent governance Learn More

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Innisfil Beach Classic Cruisers Help Youth Haven

All proceeds from the silent auction will be provided to Youth Haven!
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Lowe’s Heroes Spruce Up Youth Haven Front Yard

Aren’t we pretty? The slogan on the shirts of Lowe’s employees that visited Youth Haven to spruce up our front yard says it all “Hands On.  Hearts In.” The team Learn More

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Mission Accomplished!

She did it! Debra Bobechko of Barrie reached the summit of Mount #Kilimanjaro today, at 5,730 m(19,340 feet), the highest point on the African continent. The day began at approximately Learn More

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The #PushYourLimits Climb has Begun!

Deb Bobecheko arrived in Tanzania last week, admittedly nervous and pumped about climbing Africa’s highest mountain, 19,340 feet high. Her trek began on the weekend, with the climb up and Learn More

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Youth Haven Celebrates Pride 2019

On Saturday, August 17th, 2019, Youth Haven participated in the Barrie Pride parade. This was an opportunity to show our support for LGBTQ2+ youth in our community.  More than 25-40 Learn More

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RCMP Veterans’ Association Golf Tournament

The RCMP Veterans’ Association – Georgian Bay Division has selected Youth Haven as the designated charity for its 16th Annual Charity Golf Tournament! This year’s tournament takes place on Thursday, Learn More

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Youth Haven at Kempenfest

Youth Haven was at Kempenfest along Barrie’s waterfront August 3-5,  as volunteers, staff and board members had the opportunity to meet with many people who paid a visit to our Learn More

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Barrie360 Community Spotlight on Debra Bobechko

Check out this Barrie360 about the inspiring Debra Bobechko and our #PushYourLimits campaign! To donate, please click here!

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Check out this awesome gallery of photos from our #TimeToShine prom! https://barrie.snapd.com/events/view/1256044

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Orillia Matters investigates homelessness funding freeze

A recent article in Orillia Matters reviewed the funding that local organizations like Youth Haven are set to receive. https://www.orilliamatters.com/local-news/homelessness-funding-freeze-trickles-down-to-county-coffers-1542523

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National Broadcaster Charles Adler Interviews Debra Bobechko

Deb was recently interviewed by Charles Adler of Global News Radio! Check out the interview here!

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Barrie woman takes challenge to “Push Your Limits.”

Debra Bobechko hopes to reach new heights this August while raising funds for Youth Haven, as she attempts to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the highest point on the African Learn More

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#TimeToShine a Huge Success

Well that’s a wrap! Youth Haven’s “Time to Shine” Prom was a huge success. On June 6th, 2019, our youth arrived at Ferndale Banquet Hall where they were dressed into Learn More

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Peak Powersports & Indian Motorcycle of Barrie Raises Funds for Youth Haven

Thank you to Peak Powersports & Indian Motorcycle of Barrie ( 22 Commerce Park Drive) for choosing to #bethedifference and hosting a bbq fundraiser and information day on behalf of Youth Haven. Learn More

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National Volunteer Week 2019 – THANK YOU!

This is National Volunteer Week in Canada.  On behalf of our community, our staff, and the youth in need who we serve, we want to thank the many amazing volunteers who Learn More

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Simcoe.com discusses latest report on Simcoe County homelessness

Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness representatives shared the results of the 2018 Simcoe County Homelessness Enumeration Report during a Barrie council meeting April 8.  Simcoe.com’s Chris Simon looked behind Learn More

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One More Bid Auctions Makes Generous Donation

Earlier this week, Steve Arsenault of Barrie’s One More Bid Auctions stopped by Youth Haven.   One More Bid Auctions provides a mutually beneficial service to buyers and sellers through Learn More

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Putting a Fresh Face to Youth Homelessness

“When I first got to Barrie and people would ask where I live, I would just give a general location. I didn’t want to feel worthless.” – Blake Laface We Learn More

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A Remarkable Birthday Gift from Joshua

  Last week, Joshua, a student at Ardargh Bluffs School, turned 9.  While most kids Joshua’s age would have been asking for toys, video games, or movies, he wanted something Learn More

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Barrie Today #ColdestNight Interview with Nicole

BarrieToday.com’s Shawn Gibson recently sat down with our Director of Services, Nicole Barkley, to discuss Coldest Night of the Year 2019. The Coldest Night of the Year takes place Saturday, Learn More

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Voices of Youth Haven, Episode 1

In the first episode of #VoicesOfYouthHaven, our youth dispel some common myths about what puts youth at risk of experiencing homelessness. Please have a listen and share it with your Learn More

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Shelters ramp up efforts amidst extreme cold temperatures

Across the region, shelters are packed, with some overcapacity as an extreme cold warnings effect Simcoe County. Check out this story by CTV News Barrie, including a great comment from Learn More

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Barrie Trojan Swim Club Raises Money for Youth Haven

Youth Haven Executive Director, Lucy Gowers, recently attended a fundraiser for Youth Haven. The Barrie Trojan Swim Club, a non-profit organization that has been operating in Barrie since 1983 held Learn More

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Local Politicians Support Youth Haven’s Boxes of Hope Campaign

Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman, councillors Sergio Morales(Ward 9) and Natalie Harris (Ward 6), as well as former councillor Arif Khan dropped by Youth Haven to support to the Boxes of Learn More

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Boxes of Hope Extended Until Christmas…and 5 year Old Loretta is One of the Reasons Why!

When we launched our #BoxesOfHope2018, our plans were to wrap up the campaign on Giving Tuesday…so we did!  A funny thing happened the next day – we received a couple Learn More

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Wimpy’s Diner in Orillia hosting free turkey dinner

On Monday, Dec. 10, from 3 to 7 p.m, Wimpy’s Diner in Orillia will hold theirr second annual Christmas dinner. They will be serving over 300 Christmas dinners to the Learn More

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ICYMI – Halloween at Youth Haven

Our youth had a hauntingly good time as Youth Haven was transformed into a haunted house on Halloween night.   Staff and youth decorated the house and then welcomed more than Learn More

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Boxes Of Hope Surpasses 10% of Goal – 8 days Left to Get Yours!

Boxes of Hope – #BeTheDifference Update We have now sold 47 Boxes of Hope!  We have 8 days to meet our goal by Giving Tuesday.  Won’t you #BeTheDifference? In case Learn More

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Lice Squad.com’s “Ravin’ For Youth Haven” raises $1,300

Thank you so much to the incredible team at Lice Squad.com for their donation of $1,300 to Youth Haven!  Lice Squad.com raised the money through customer appreciation events and donations.  We Learn More

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Boxes of Hope – #BeTheDifference

There’s no place like home for the holidays. Not every youth in Simcoe County has a place they can call home. Youth Haven has launched its annual online Boxes of Learn More

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Halloween Fun in Support of Youth Haven!

Face Your Fear this weekend at a spooky Haunted House & Halloween Maze in Barrie! This is a FREE all ages Halloween party with games, prizes food, and a haunted Learn More

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Thanksgiving at Youth Haven

This dinner is just like I remember my grandma used to make. – Comment from one of our Youth in attendance. A Thanksgiving feast at Youth Haven for over 20 youth, Learn More

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Youth Haven Represented at Lions Club of Barrie Open House

The Youth Haven team was thrilled to be part of last week’s Lions Club of Barrie Open House. The Lions Club hosted the event to help make the public aware Learn More

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What’s Cooking? A Renovated Kitchen and Donated Appliances

The smell wafting from the kitchen at Youth Haven in Barrie is the sweet smell of success. Four volunteers (Ed Suptin, Dean Smith, Colin Campbell, Tony Everson) donated their skills Learn More

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Midland teen makes incredible donation to Youth Haven

Check out the amazing donation that Youth Haven received in Midland from the incredible Tori St. Amant! Tori, a student at Georgian Bay District Secondary School, first contacted our Midland Outreach team Learn More

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Jump for Justin raises over $15,000 in support of Youth Haven

Jump for Justin at Skydive Toronto in Cookstown last month (July 14) raised over $15,000 ($15,740.95) for Youth Haven, Simcoe County’s only residential emergency shelter for youth who are experiencing Learn More

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CTV Barrie and Barrie Today coverage of Ride For Youth Haven

Thank you to Barrie Today and CTV Barrie for their amazing coverage of this past weekend’s Ride For Youth Haven. Check out CTV’s “Hundreds went hog wild today to help put an Learn More

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BarrieToday and snapd Barrie coverage of Jump For Justin

Thank you to Barrie Today and snapd Barrie for their amazing coverage of this past weekend’s Jump for Justin Fundraiser. snapd Barrie has a full gallery of photos online at Learn More

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Simcoe Rising Star (Dream Big) Second Auditions This Weekend!

Who will advance to the final 12? The Simcoe Rising Star semi-finals are this weekend!  Head over to the Ferndale Banquet Hall between 10 AM and 6 PM on Sunday, Learn More

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Jump for Justin raising cash for Youth Haven at Innisfil’s Skydive Toronto

Janette Boyter is taking quite a plunge to honour her son. The Barrie resident is organizing the Jump for Justin skydive fundraiser in memory of Justin Keogh, who died in Learn More

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It’s my way of being closer to heaven

Justin Keogh was preparing for his 19th birthday and on his wish list was skydiving. Five years ago, just three days before the celebration, Keogh and two teenaged friends were killed in Learn More

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Isabel Faces Her Fear for Youth Haven

When Carleton University’s Isabel Alonso Vilarino applied to work at Youth Haven this summer, the last thing she expected to be doing was jumping out of an airplane flying at 10,000 feet! Learn More

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A Prom Like No Other

On May 11th, Youth Haven held our first annual prom night.  “From This Moment” was a night that our youth will never forget.  Many of the youth that we assist were Learn More

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Youth Haven Celebrates Pride

Youth Haven celebrated diversity by taking part in the Barrie Pride Parade on Sunday, June 10, 2018. Between 20-40 percent of youth experiencing homelessness in Canada identify as LGBTQ2S.  The Learn More

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Kennedy Durrell-VanderMeulen’s Inspiring Birthday

Meet Kennedy Durrell-VanderMeulen Her story of generosity will inspire you! Kennedy was a winner in an essay writing contest, organized by the City of Waterloo, that her school participated in.  Learn More

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Baseball and BBQ

A shout out to the Ontario Provincial Police and Barrie Police, current and past, for organizing a baseball game and bbq for our youth.  An opportunity to build understanding.

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Youth Haven Prom Performance has Special Meaning to Alphabreff

Our First Annual Prom Night is only days away and it will be a night that our youth – and one amazing performer – will never forget. Alphabreff (Zain Campbell), is Learn More

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Shane L.S. Dennis to Perform at Youth Haven’s First Annual Prom Night

Our First Annual Prom Night is only days away and it will be a night that our youth will never forget! Many of our youth were unable to attend a Learn More

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Ontario announces $1.5 million in funding to Barrie for affordable housing

Barrie MPP Ann Hoggarth announced on Friday that Ontario is providing more than a $1 million in funding for Barrie’s rental housing market. Hoggarth says the rebates are just one Learn More

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National Volunteer Week – THANK YOU!

This is National Volunteer Week in Canada.  On behalf of our community, our staff, and the youth in need who we serve, we want to thank the many amazing volunteers who Learn More

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CTV Barrie News investigates the Homelessness Crisis in Barrie

CTV Barrie News Videographer, Mike Arsalides, recently interviewed Youth Haven’s Ian MacLennan as part of his investigation into the homelessness crisis in Barrie. Watch the full story below.

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Simcoe.com’s Chris Simon reports on the soaring costs faced by Youth Haven

Chris Simon of Simcoe.com recently stopped by Youth Haven to speak to one of our residents and learn more about the significant increase in guests that we experienced this year. Learn More

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Check out this powerful editorial about Homelessness from Simcoe.com

As Canadians, we like to take pride in our universal health-care system, in our social safety net. We like to believe that we’ve evolved into a democracy that does not Learn More

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CBC’s Haydn Watters looks at the homelessness crisis in Barrie

Haydn Watters of CBC News recently investigated the unprecedented demand on local homeless shelters this winter.  He stopped by Youth Haven to discuss the impact on homeless youth with our Learn More

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Kool FM’s Brett Glover Visits Youth Haven

107.5 Kool FM and Rock 95 listeners heard a powerful story from reporter Brett Glover yesterday about his recent visit to Youth Haven. Glover was struck by how much the home Learn More

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Coldest Night of the Year Raises Almost $40,000 for Youth Haven

The 2018 Coldest Night of the Year took place in Barrie on Saturday, February 24th.  221 walkers (and 72 dedicated volunteers) walked the streets of Downtown Barrie, raising an incredible Learn More

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Tomorrow is the Coldest Night of the Year

The Coldest Night of the Year is a super-fun, family-friendly fundraiser for hungry, homeless, and hurting individuals and families across Canada.  In the past three years,  corporate and individual participants have Learn More

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Five Points Media Micro-Documentary About Youth Haven

Every year teens and young adults die alone on the streets of our cities. Some leave home due to violence, addictions in the house, or sexual and mental abuse. Youth Learn More

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Lucy challenges City Hall to walk on the Coldest Night of the Year

Youth Haven Executive Director Lucy Gowers dropped by Barrie City Hall yesterday with a special delivery – and challenge – for Mayor Jeff Lehman and the 10 City Councillors.  Lucy Learn More

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Deb James interview with Executive Director Lucy Gowers and Board Member Ian MacLennan

Youth Haven Executive Director Lucy Gowers and Board Member Ian MacLennan recently sat down with the amazing Deb James to discuss February 24th’s Coldest Night of the Year (#CNOY) even. They Learn More

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BarrieToday.com Supports 2018 Coldest Night of the Year

Youth Haven Barrie is pleased to announce that BarrieToday.com has come onboard as a media sponsor of the 2018 Coldest Night of the Year. The Coldest Night of the Year is Learn More

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Joy Foster Speaks with members of the Youth Haven team

Join the Coldest Night of the Year walk on Feb 24, 2018. If you aren’t sure if you should Register a team and raise funds for Youth Haven leading up Learn More

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UPDATE – Lucy’s BIG FM interview has been moved to Wednesday

Lucy’s interview on “Off the Record with Deb James“ has been moved from today to Wednesday, February 7th at 5:20 PM. Lucy will be dropping by the studio to talk about Learn More

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Youth Haven’s Lucy Gowers to Rock the Airwaves on BIG FM’s Off The Record!

Breaking news!  Tune into Barrie’s BIG FM this Wednesday, February 7th at 5:20 PM to hear Youth Haven Executive Director Lucy Gowers ROCK THE AIRWAVES!  Lucy will be a guest on Learn More

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Rock 95, 107.5 KOOL FM, Fresh Radio 93.1 and Big 101.1 FM support 2018 Coldest Night of the Year

Youth Haven Barrie is pleased to announce Rock 95, 107.5 KOOL FM,  Fresh Radio 93.1 and Big 101.1 FM as sponsors of the 2018 Coldest Night of the Year. The Learn More

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Coldest Night of the Year is Less than 40 days away!

Our CNOY walk is on Feb. 24th!! Huge thank you to the 16 teams, 39 walkers and 8 volunteers already signed up! This event is awesome because of the people Learn More