Successful WRYM’s Virtual ROUGH NIGHT OUT 2021 raises funds for homeless youth
Volunteers for The Windsor Residence for Young Men (WRYM) and their supporters spent this past Friday night (February 19-20) outdoors in freezing cold temperatures to raise money for programs that help youth leave homeless behind and build new lives. Called WRYM’s Virtual ROUGH NIGHT OUT 2021, the all-night vigil had about a dozen volunteers and supporters "sleeping rough" as homeless youths are sometimes forced to do. The volunteers were sponsored by individual donors. This year’s event was COVID-safe, with people holding vigils in their own backyards and communicating with each other and supporters online by Zoom and social media.
WRYM provides youth with a supportive home, individual counselling, and basic life skills. Youths with potential are diverted from the streets to reconnect with their community, education and employment. WRYM’s programs are highly successful and efficient, and they do not duplicate the services of other agencies. WRYM and its residents depend on the generosity of community donors to fund these programs.
“We wanted to raise community awareness about theses issues,” said Freeman, “and I think we are succeeding. On behalf of WRYM’s residents, staff and volunteers, I sincerely thank all the kind people who stepped up to donate and help youth end homelessness.”
Freeman says that donations are still coming in, with more than $10,000 in funds raised so far. More information and secure donation links may be found at www.wrym.ca