Solcz Family Foundation Funds Windsor Residence for Young Men
Photo: The Solcz Family Foundation has presented WRYM with a cheque for $200,000 - Front with cheque: Nick Solcz (L) and (R) Kyrsten Solcz (Executive Director) – Back L-R: Len Solcz, Greg Goulin (Executive Director, WRYM), Susan Freeman (President, WRYM), Manuela Solcz, and Marty Solcz.
The Windsor Residence for Young Men (WRYM) is very pleased to acknowledge a grant of $200,000 over five years presented by Windsor’s Solcz Family Foundation for the purpose of ending homelessness for male youth.
Windsor Residence for Young Men is a charitable organization that supports young men 16-24 years of age as they leave homelessness behind to build new lives. WRYM provides a transitional place to live, a supportive functional family atmosphere and a program that includes individual counselling in life skills. WRYM is an effective operation that depends on community support to fulfill its mission.
The Solcz Family Foundation’s mission is to improve the welfare of the Windsor-Essex community and, in particular, focus on supporting projects and programs in social services that provide opportunities for children and youth. Areas of focus include education, community development, healthcare, poverty, recreation, and at-risk youth.
In a cheque presentation at WRYM on Thursday attended by members of the Solcz family, the Executive Director of the Solcz Family Foundation, Kyrsten Solcz, stated, “The Solcz Family Foundation is delighted to award Windsor Residence for Young Men with a grant to support their ongoing efforts to help young males who are experiencing homelessness. Through their work, WRYM is addressing the root causes of homelessness and ensuring the youth they reach are better positioned for success. The Solcz Family Foundation is proud to partner with Windsor Residence for Young Men and support the great work they do for the Windsor-Essex community.”
Incorporated in 2016 as a registered charity, the Solcz Family Foundation is committed to funding projects and programs of local charities that strategically benefit the community, improve lives, provide solutions to gaps or needs in the community, are unique and innovative, and are one to five years in length.
“We are very pleased that our program meets the stringent criteria set by the foundation,” says WRYM President Susan Freeman. “Homeless young males on the street are very much at risk. Our strategy is to work with all available community resources to assist these young men as they leave homelessness behind, transition into independent living, and become productive citizens of our community. Thanks to the Solcz Family Foundation, we can fill this community need even more effectively. We are very grateful to the Solcz family.”
For more information about Windsor Residence for Young Men, or to discuss donations or volunteering, please visit www.wrym.ca, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 226.221.8464.
Plasman Group Supports Windsor Residence for Young Men
On Wednesday, a truck pulled up to the Windsor Residence for Young Men (WRYM), and volunteers from the Plasman Group of automotive companies picked up 10 worn-out old mattresses and unloaded 10 brand new ones.
Volunteers from the Plasman Group of automotive companies picked up 10 worn-out old mattresses and unloaded 10 brand new ones.
Windsor Residence for Young Men (WRYM) is a charitable organization that supports young men 16 - 24 years of age as they leave homelessness behind to build new lives. WRYM provides a transitional place to live, a supportive functional family atmosphere and a program that includes individual counselling in life skills. WRYM is an effective operation that depends on community support to fulfill its mission – not only funding, but donations of household goods such as cleaning supplies, furnishings and renovation materials.
The Plasman Group is a world leader in the auto components industry with more than 4000 team members and 20 manufacturing sites for tooling, molding, paint applications, chroming and assembly operations of Class “A” plastic exterior trim products. Shauna Hatch, Plasman Group’s Vice President of Human Resources, explains why the company chooses to assist WRYM:
“Plasman Group is happy to again be a partner to the Windsor Residence for Young Men (WRYM) this year. Our Company’s giving mandate is to support children and youth agencies across the globe in cities where our Plasman Team Members live and work.
“WRYM is changing lives of young men from 16-20 years of age in the city of Windsor by providing supportive, transitional housing to those who are homeless or who are living in an unacceptable environment without appropriate adult support. Their assistance of 50-60 young men in the group home with individual counselling, and teaching basic life skills such as hygiene, food preparation, budgeting, social responsibility and work ethic betters everyone in our community. Our relationship with the residence dates back over five years and we have seen first-hand how our support gives opportunity for education, employment and independent living skills.”
“We work together to end homelessness,” says WRYM President Susan Freeman. “In terms of day-to-day operations, working with our community partners includes some very practical and essential matters such as providing new mattresses. We are very grateful to the Plasman Group and its volunteers for their kindness.”
For more information, or to discuss donations or volunteering, please visit www.wrym.ca, e-mail email@example.com or telephone 226.221.8464.
Windsor Residence for Young Men is to benefit from the
HOME DEPOT ORANGE DOOR CAMPAIGN
31 May to 24 June, 2018 - Walker and Division Road Store
The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign started Thursday May 31 at all The Home Depot stores across Canada. Buy a $2 “paper door” at the checkout or donate online! Together, we can put an end to youth homelessness in Canada.
Windsor Residence for Young Men and The Home Depot Walker & Division roads store joined in the Orange Door Campaign on Thursday. L to R: WRYM Executive Director Greg Goulin, WRYM President Susan Freeman, past resident and supporter Mike Rivard, and The Home Depot Assistant Store Manager Pat Nelmes.
One hundred percent of the funds raised at the Walker and Division roads store (store #7228) in Windsor will benefit the Windsor Residence for Young Men (WRYM). You can make your donation when purchasing goods at the Walker and Division store, or you can donate online at www.orangedoorproject.ca. If donating online, please be sure to select the Walker and Division store fund “Windsor-7228” in the drop-down menu so that your donation benefits WRYM. You may also leave a note regarding your donation.
Windsor Residence for Young Men (WRYM) is a charitable organization that supports young men 16 - 24 years of age as they leave homelessness behind to build new lives. WRYM provides a transitional residence and individual counselling while teaching basic life skills such as hygiene, food acquisition and preparation, budgeting, social responsibility and work ethic. For more information, please visit www.wrym.ca.
“WRYM receives less than ten percent of its funding from government sources,” says WRYM Board President Susan Freeman. “We rely on dedicated staff to assist our residents and on volunteer committees to assist with administration. As a result, our services are very cost effective. It is the generous donations of individual and corporate citizens that make this work possible.”
“We are grateful to The Home Depot for recognizing the value of this essential work,” says WRYM Executive Director Greg Goulin. “The Orange Door Campaign allows us to reach many more people than we could on our own, and as The Home Depot is covering all the administrative costs, one hundred percent of the donations go to support homeless and at-risk young men in the Windsor area.”
To support WRYM, The Home Depot store at Walker and Division roads in Windsor will sell paper orange doors for $2 at the checkout until June 24. Alternatively, customers can make an online donation at www.orangedoorproject.ca by selecting store fund “Windsor-7228”.
WRYM to be on the street for A Cold Day’s Night Out
The Executive Director (pro bono) of the Windsor Residence for Young Men (WRYM) has invited friends and supporters to join him on the street for A Cold Day’s Night Out. The fundraising event is meant to raise needed funds to support WRYM programs for homeless young men. On Friday February 23, Greg Goulin and friends will spend his 69th birthday on a vacant lot at 415 Ouellette Avenue in downtown Windsor from 3:00 PM until they can’t take any more.
Participants will raise funds for WRYM with pledges based on the hours they will last into the night. “I thank them because I have already been admonished that my participation is crazy,” says Goulin, “but our guys are worth it. I might need the moral and physical support of those who join me to make it through the night.”
Goulin encourages well-wishers to stop by to lend their support, even though they have no intention of spending the night. “We could never duplicate the desperation of the homeless,” he says. “The rules of participation allow anyone to leave the lot at any time with the knowledge that they have a warm home, hot bath and a good meal to return to ̶. something the homeless might only dream about.”
To support transitional living for young men, donors can also visit the donations section of WRYM’s website at www.wrym.ca or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, full address including postal code and the amount of your pledge, per hour or in full. This information is needed to issue charitable donation receipts for amounts over $20.
The Windsor Residence for Young Men is a charitable organization that supports young men as they leave homelessness behind to build new lives. WRYM assists 50-60 young men each year, and provides a supportive functional family, often the only family “our guys” have ever known, with a staff of women and men in the roles of aunts, uncles or older siblings. Our family delivers individual counselling and teaches basic life skills such as hygiene, food acquisition and preparation, budgeting, social responsibility and work ethic. We work together to end homelessness.