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Barrie Out of the Cold
The Mission Statement of Barrie Out of the Cold: Barrie Out of the Cold provides nutritious meals to those in need and emergency shelter for the homeless, in a safe, welcoming environment from November until April.
Barrie Out of the Cold is a registered, non-profit, charitable organization operating as an outreach program of Collier United Church. There is no government funding for this program and it is wholly supported by donations from the community at large, the churches and local businesses.
The board of directors is responsible for the administration of the program, and the coordinators in each of the six churches form the “coordinators’ committee,” which is the operational “arm” of BOOTC. All of the board members and coordinators are volunteers.
Collier St. United Church hosts two nights, Saturday and Sunday, from 5 pm – 8 am. There are five other churches involved with this program. St. Andrew’s (Mon), Hi Way Pentecostal (Tues), St. Mary’s (Wed), Barrie Free Methodist (Thurs) and Central United (Fri).
Approximately 400 volunteers assist on the various shifts at Collier and approximately 1,500 throughout the whole program.
The purpose of the program is to provide food and shelter, without question or judgement, for those who are in need. During the 2004/5 season, almost 20,000 meals were served and the Out of the Cold volunteers were able to provide homeless people with assistance 3,655 times.
More Out of the Cold information is available on their web site, www.barrieoutofthecold.org.
Meals on Wheels
Collier St. United provides teams of volunteers for the Barrie Red Cross Society Meals on Wheels program. This program works with the Royal Victoria Hospital to provide nutritious and client specific meals to clients in the Barrie and surrounding area.
Sunday Services at Leisureworld
Worship Teams lead a worship service and social time two Sunday afternoons a month at 1:30 pm at the Leisureworld Nursing Home.
Sunday Services at Simcoe Terrace
The Rev. Dr. Donald Jay leads a worship service 2nd Sunday of the month at 1:30 pm at the Simcoe Terrace Nursing and Retirement Residence.
Collier’s Mission Fund
Financial support is given to support mission work and service outside of our church, not to ourselves. Emphasis is to be on local outreach, such as the David Busby Street Centre, provincial/national outreach such as Georgian Native & Outreach Ministry, and international outreach such as Mercy Ships. Please refer to the most recent Link Newsletter or church bulletin for details on donations.
2017 dates: May 13 and October 14
In the Christian tradition, “Table” is a place where all are equal, all are welcome and where there is enough for all.
Over the years, Collier has developed a unique partnership with the David Busby Street Centre that helps us be in touch with the needs of those in our city who are dealing with poverty for whatever reason. The goal of our meals is not to just provide food and send people on their way, but to have deeper “table” conversations with those who come so that the hearts and minds of our volunteers can be opened and transformed by a relationship with the people they meet.
In the Fall of 2011, we began offering community meals and clothing depots to those living with poverty. Collier’s Table provides a nourishing, delicious meal at no cost to community members. At our latest event in October 2016, we shared more than 350 meals. At this final Collier’s Closet event, we shared winter clothing and footwear as well as linens.
These events are so successful due to the overwhelming support and generosity provided by the congregation and volunteers! As a church, we are blessed by sharing what we have and others are blessed by receiving. We are also blessed through the relationships nurtured during these events. Our grateful hearts and caring hands make such a difference in this outreach and there is an amazing, powerful and caring spirit so evident at these events! It truly is the hands of God in action.
For more information on Collier’s Table, please contact Lianne Patterson.