Community Connection - 211 Central East Ontario
211 is a free, confidential, 24/7 community resource that helps connect individuals with programs and services to help meet their unique needs. Finding the help you need can be difficult, especially when facing the obstacles created by poverty and isolation; 211’s Community Navigators are equipped to help individuals and families better understand problems they may be facing and help them connect with the help they need.
CONTACT Community Services – Serving South Simcoe (offices in Alliston and Bradford)
CONTACT Community Services offers five main services:
EMPLOYMENT SERVICES connects people seeking to obtain meaningful work to employers, provides resume and skills training, and second career-specific upgrades and certifications.
HOUSING SERVICES provides support services to people who are experiencing, or who are at imminent risk of experiencing homelessness to help them secure and sustain safe housing.
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS include the "New Horizons" social wellness program for isolated Seniors, and the Needle Exchange Program, to help keep those who use substances safe.
VOLUNTEER SERVICES connects people to opportunities to strengthen their skill sets and give back to local organizations that rely on volunteers to make their work possible.
THE CLOTHESLINE is a community thrift store, that provides free and affordable items to South Simcoe’s residents, as well as volunteer opportunities for people from all walks of life.
The Krasman Centre – Drop-In Centre located in Alliston
Offers peer support-based programs, physical hubs, and resources for people with lived experience, substance use and housing challenges, their family, and friends. The Drop-In Centre is a supportive space that helps people help themselves, and one another, and provides access to basic necessities such as food, snacks, clothing, and outdoor survival items to those facing food insecurity and living in poverty. Peer outreach supports available as well.
Youth Haven – Outreach Counselling Supports in South Simcoe
Youth Haven provides outreach counselling and support services to youth ages 16-24 and their families throughout the County of Simcoe with offices in Barrie, Orillia, South Simcoe, and Midland. Some of these services include:
1:1 counselling support for those experiencing a wide range of identified issues including (but not limited to) emotional support, anger management, self esteem, healthy relationships, substance use, etc.
Support for parents/caregivers
Alternative Shelter Providers
Women and Children:
My Sister’s Place (ALLISTON)
Crisis Hotline phone: 705-435-3835 or toll-free 1-800-461-5419
Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie (BARRIE)
Crisis Line phone: 705-728-2544 or toll-free 1-800-461-1716
Green Haven Shelter for Women (ORILLIA)
Crisis Line phone: 705-327-7319 or toll-free 1-888-285-6958
My Friend’s House (COLLINGWOOD)
Crisis Line phone: 705-444-2511 or toll-free 1-800-265-2511
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe County (BARRIE) – Women only
Intake phone: 705-725-0613
Men and Women:
The David Busby Centre (BARRIE)
Central Intake phone: 705-790-7028
Salvation Army Bayside Mission (BARRIE) - Men only
The Lighthouse (ORILLIA) - Men, Women and Youth
Intake phone: 705-329-2265 ext.1
The Guest House (MIDLAND)
Intake phone: 705-527-4111
Out of the Cold Collingwood (COLLINGWOOD)
Intake phone: 705-606-6589
Blue Door – Mosaic Interfaith Out of the Cold (EAST GWILLIMBURY)
Blue Door – Porter Place (EAST GWILLIMBURY) - Men only
Blue Door - Leeder Place (EAST GWILLIMBURY) - Families only
Youth Haven (BARRIE)
Home Horizon (COLLINGWOOD)
Intake Phone: 705-445-5478
Blue Door – Kevin’s Place (EAST GWILLIMBURY)