Staying Warm and Safe in Barrie

A warm place to sleep, safe from the cold winter nights; most of us take this for granted, but for some, it's almost a luxury they could only hope for.

 Staying Warm and Safe in Barrie

By Nick Robinson

A warm place to sleep, safe from the cold winter nights; most of us take this for granted, but for some, it’s almost a luxury they could only hope for. The circumstances that can put anyone within our community in need of emergency or temporary shelter are numerous. Be it lost, unsecured, or unsuitable housing; fire, water or weather damage; even an accident or illness; the list goes on. Whatever the reason may be, should anyone find themselves in need of shelter during the cold winter months, there is help readily available here in Barrie.

Whether it is for the night, a week, or even for the entire winter season, the Barrie Out Of The Cold program (BOOTC) is able to help with this need. Although this program does not seek to resolve the cause of each individual situation, it is certainly capable of alleviating the panic, fear, and dangers of being left out in the cold.

For local residents who are curious about how the BOOTC program works, or community leaders and partners interested in the necessity and viability of this service, I’m certain you will applaud the efforts of everyone that contributes to its fluid operation. But in particular, if there is anyone in the Barrie area sleeping outside in the cold- or you know of someone who is, I hope this article will help in the decision to come in Out Of The Cold.

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