Every year, a growing group of brave supporters of Windsor Residence for Young Men bundle up and spend a 14-hour winter night "sleeping rough", as some homeless people might say - although, to tell the truth, the volunteers are well dressed for the weather, with friends and all support services at hand. It's a miserable night, nonetheless, which is meant to draw attention to the tragic circumstances of homeless young people.
Here's a photo of WRYM's supporters last year, including Executive Director Greg Goulin (centre), looking cold, miserable but determined! (It was Greg's 70th birthday, hence the cake with the sparkler on it - was this any way for a senior citizen to behave?)
If you are sufficiently brave, determined and wonderful in many ways - and would like join in this year's WRYM's Rough Night Out on an industrial parking lot at 1350 St. Luke Road - we welcome you. In fact, it would be great if you can recruit a friend, or a bunch of friends, to join you!
Each WRYM's Rough Night Out participant uses the pledge sheet (download) to collect pledges from - let's say, five - of her or his friends and upon completion of their overnight vigil (8:00 AM Saturday morning) the pledges go to support WRYM's services for young homeless young men, while the volunteers go home to their warm beds because they didn't sleep all night.
Can't make it?
If you don't know anyone (including yourself) who thinks a "rough night out" is personally a good idea and if, in fact, you definitely choose electric light and central heating - don't worry - you can still help!
If you are curious as to the other ways you can help homeless young men build new lives, just visit WRYM's "Your Help" page at www.wrym.ca/your-help.html for more information. (Note - donations $20 and over receive a tax receipt.)