Local Business Owner Trying to Inspire Others to “Activate Your Activism”

Unity Market Owner Slept Outside For A Week To Raise Awareness Over Homelessness and Poverty

Christmas Eve marks the last night Shane Dennis is sleeping outside, but not for the people he’s trying to help.

The Unity Market owner has been sleeping outside in a shelter made from found materials for the last six nights. Christmas Day is the last he plans on waking up out of doors this holiday season, in an effort to raise awareness and funds to address the homelessness issue within the city. “Unfortunately the issue of poverty and homelessness in our community has grown as the city has grown.” says Dennis.

Dennis Hopes His 8th Annual Offering Will Inspire Others To “Activate Their Activism”

The roof over Shane’s head was made out of found materials, gathered before his first night on December 18th. Sleeping in the shelter is meant to help others find the good in themselves, says Dennis, “There is so much kindness and caring, and I learned that deep down, people really do care. And it’s all about getting them to activate their activism.”

Donations accepted at the Unity Market will this year benefit The David Busby Street Centre, The Barrie Woman And Children’s Shelter, and Youth Haven.