News Release – 22 April 2020
Please join WRYM's Pandemic #GivingTuesdayNow fundaiser!
The Windsor Residence for Young Men (WRYM) must raise $30,000 as soon as possible to cover expenses until June, and is asking the community for assistance. The campaign is being conducted online through social media, with donations accepted through WRYM’s website at www.wrym.ca
WRYM has joined with other charities in the #GivingTuesdayNow initiative, a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020, as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.
WRYM must implement special measures to protect vulnerable homeless youth during this coronavirus pandemic emergency. Meeting even their most basic human needs is only possible if these homeless youth have a supervised shelter. Overtime staffing and special supplies will mean added costs at a time when pandemic social distancing has put an end to in-person fundraising events.
"The Windsor Residence for Young Men is desperate for funding to shelter our guys while helping new ones to enter our programs.” said WRYM’s volunteer Executive Director Greg Goulin. “I can confidently say that we have not received even our modest fair share of federal and provincial emergency funding administered by the City of Windsor – because we have simply received none."
Goulin said that an anonymous donor has stepped up to offer up to $5,000 in matching funds to start WRYM's Pandemic #GivingTuesdayNow fundraiser!
“We are very grateful to this donor and to all our supporters who care about protecting and helping vulnerable homeless youth.” Said Goulin. “We depend on the generosity of the citizens of our community to do this work, and that is especially true during this pandemic emergency.”
WRYM provides young men 16 - 24 years 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 2019 statistics show an average 95 percent success rate over the past three years. Since its opening in 2012, WRYM has helped more than 330 youths to build new lives. This is Windsor’s only supportive transitional housing program for young men.
For more information about Windsor Residence for Young Men, visit www.wrym.ca or message WRYM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/windsorresidenceforyoungmen. You can also telephone 519-981-9917.
Media liaison: Brian Worrall, Pres., Windsor Residence for Young Men
Tel 519.255.7930/226.280.7203 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org