Record-breaking Coldest Night of the Year walk for Youth Haven

This year’s walk was self-organized due to COVID-19

Forty teams, 200 participants, raised a record $59,401 at this year’s Coldest Night of the Year walk for Youth Haven.

“Imagine in a time when we are in the midst of a pandemic that so many individuals and organizations chose to be the difference in the lives of our young people,” said Lucy Gowers, Youth Haven executive director. “It is a testament to the generosity of the communities in which Youth Haven is located.” 

Funds from Saturday’s walk will be used to provide programming and services to youths experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless.

This year’s walk was self-organized. In other words, participants mapped out their 2 to 5 km safe route and could gather with their COVID-safe bubble, or walk on their own. People can continue to donate or organize a walk until the end of February.

Youth Haven operates a shelter and a transitional home in Barrie, and provides outreach services in Barrie, Orillia, Midland, southern Georgian Bay, Innisfil, Bradford and the Alliston-area.

One in three people using shelter services in Simcoe County is youthful. In 2020, Youth Haven provided assistance to over 400 young people.