THANK YOU! WRYM has met its June COVID-19 funding target!
The Windsor Residence for Young Men is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and The WindsorEssex Community Foundation.
Like other local charities, the Windsor Residence for Young Men (WRYM) struggles to provide assistance to people in need during this COVID-19 pandemic – homeless youth cannot shelter in place without a place to shelter in!
We are pleased to announce that the WindsorEssex Community Foundation has approved our application to the federal Emergency Community Support Fund they administer in the amount of $16,296.69 for “isolation preparation” during COVID-19. That’s $11,680.75 to supplement the wages of staff isolating with residents, and $4,615.94 for “social distance” bedroom dividers and 10 tablet computers to allow residents to communicate with the world.
Combined - the overall funds received by WRYM in June amount to $33, 895.09, and our goal was $30,000 - so, we are happy! This money is badly needed to shelter homeless youth and help them build new lives.
We thank our community donors and the WindsorEssex Community Foundation for their concern, generosity and community leadership during this ongoing set of difficult challenges. As Lisa Kolody, its Executive Director, said to the Windsor Star in May, "In challenging times like these, it is more important than ever for the community to work together, and support one another."
See our Your Help page for ways you, too, can help!
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Windsor’s Country Cares Concert online will raise funds for homeless youth
Windsor's own dynamic and community-minded country singer Kelsi Mayne and her fellow artists are working with Windsor's Country 95.9/92.7 radio to produce a @windsorscountry Facebook Live concert July 15 at 7:00 PM. The concert will raise funds so that the Windsor Residence for Young Men (WRYM) can, during COVID-19, continue to shelter homeless youth and help them build new lives as active citizens.
“We are very grateful that this group of talented young performers is raising money to help homeless youth build new lives,” said WRYM President Brian Worrall. “I’m really looking forward to the show!”
The Facebook online concert will be accessed through https://www.facebook.com/windsorscountry/
Listeners who wish to donate will be encouraged to visit http://www.wrym.ca
As a national bronze medalist over 60m hurdles for the Lancers, Windsor’s own, Kelsi Mayne continues to make her mark across the country. The former house-singer at downtown’s Bull & Barrel Urban Saloon, has now played Canada’s most celebrated stages including Boots and Hearts, Havelock Jamboree, Hometown Hockey, and Alberta’s Big Valley Jamboree— opening for Alan Jackson, FGL, Lindsay Ell, Jason Aldean and many more. Kelsi made headlines last year as a top 3 finalist in CCMA’s 2019 “Top of the Country” nation-wide contest and is currently nominated for CMAOntario’s “Rising Star” award. With the recent release of her debut album, “As I Go,” clips of the title track’s music video have garnered over 4M views on TikTok— making her the most popular Canadian country act on the platform.
Barrie, Ontario’s Kansas Stone is composed of Brian John Harwood and Matt Davey. Both members came together to create music with no boundaries, music that reflected real life, like love, music, summer and cold beer.
Since their debut in 2015, the band has toured extensively across Canada and the US, playing festivals such as CMT Fest, Trackside, Havelock Jamboree, and many more. They’ve opened for acts such as Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Dallas Smith, and the list goes on! While hitting milestones on the road and building a dedicated audience, they’ve released a string of successful singles, leading them to their 2019 CMAO nomination.
The Duo are hard at work and gearing up for a full length album.
Danielle Bourjeaurd is a Canadian country song writer and recording artist who has written with & Shared the Stage with many Canadians such as Tom Cochrane, Michelle Wright, Aaron Pritchett, David Boyd James, Meghan Patrick, Gord Bamford The good brothers & more. She was a finalist in the CCMA's 2017 Discovery Program and then 2018 was a huge year for her coming off her November "Indie Week triump in Canada (Best Emerging Artist and runner up Best Overall Artist from over 300 acts.) She finished the year with a guest spot on Gord Bamford's "Honky Tonks & Dive Bar" national tour. The did a duet "Bigger Glass" together as well. 2019 she is showing no signs of slowing down!
Singer/songwriter duo Mike Ure and Aidan Johnson-Bujold emerged from the small towns of Harrow and LaSalle, Ontario, in a very big way. In just a few short years, the band has earned incredible accolades and awards including; 2020 International Songwriter Competition Finalists, 2018 CCMA Spotlight Finalists, 2017 CMAO Rising Star Award Nominees, and Boots & Hearts Emerging Artist Finalists. Fans recognize Buck Twenty for their trademark sound, which is bursting with harmonies, catchy hooks, as well as the surplus of positive energy they have on stage.
Kalsey Kulyk has been singing country music since the age of 3 years old. The Saskatchewan native got her big break in 2017 at the Canadian Country Music awards when she won a record deal and publishing deal as well as the CCMA artist discovery award. Since then Kalsey released her debut album, released 4 music videos, all ending up on CMT and is set to release her next single in a few weeks called “Who I Was”.
London born Genevieve Fisher has earned 7 top 50 national country radio hits. Her recent releases, "Take It On Home" and "You Me We" climbed into Canada's top 20 and top 30 respectively. Genevieve has earned recognition within the Canadian Country Music scene by earning Female Artist of the Year nominations at the 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Country Music Association of Ontario Music Awards. She has been recognized by the Canadian Country Music Association with her prestigious CCMA performance selection at the 2012 New Artist Showcase in Saskatoon. Her songwriting skills have also been acknowledged by the CCMA as witnessed by their selection to perform for prestigious Songwriters Series in 2016 and 2018. Her Indigenous background has allowed her to score 2 NUMBER 1 HITS on the North American Indigenous Top 40 broadcast internationally weekly.
“Sarnia, Ontario Native, Eric Ethridge has been steadily making a name for himself in the national and international country music scene with 4 top 40 billboard singles and over 35 million streams world wide. Eric was discovered by Anthem Entertainment in Nashville, TN after his viral hit song "If You Met Me First" spent 5 months in rotation on Sirius XM's the Highway tastemaker program "On The Horizon". He then signed a worldwide record deal with Anthem and moved to Nashville, to pursue his dream full time."
The Windsor Residence for Young Men ends homelessness for young men 16 – 24 years of age by providing a safe, nurturing home and counselling. WRYM has a 95% success rate, with one third of residents returning to extended family and two thirds going on to appropriate independent living. In addition, two thirds of residents continue education while one third find employment. WRYM’s Aftercare Program continues to assist former residents as they make their way in the community.
Until WRYM opened its doors in October 2012, Windsor/Essex had no transitional housing or life skills program for homeless male youth. Concerned citizens began working to raise community support and funding in the year 2000, but it would be another 12 years before WRYM was able to purchase and renovate a suitable residence. WRYM is an effective operation that continues to depend on community support to fulfill its mission.