From High School to Independence
For every high school student in their graduating year, the COVID 19 pandemic has cancelled all rights of passage. No varsity sports, no prom, no class trip, and no walking down the stage to receive your diploma.
For Adam, he was also managing being told he could not live at home anymore after a family conflict in the home put him in a situation where he did not feel safe to return. With no other family and no in-person services available, at such a vulnerable age - Adam came into WRYM's Transitional Housing Program to try and sort out his life.
Quickly, Adam showed that he already possessed many skills and an abundance of work ethic. Yet, he often struggled with emotional stability and coping with the position he had found himself in. After connecting him with many community supports (like counselling), building up his confidence through fulfilling endeavours (such as the job he acquired), establishing life skills needed to be resilient (such as self-esteem), and having many long talks with staff, WRYM is ecstatic to announce that Adam not only graduated high school, with a job, during a pandemic, but, he also just moved out on his own!!!
Adam needed a bit longer in WRYM than some, but each day helped this young man overcome the sheer adversity he faced, to a position where he was able to meet so many of his goals, and leave the possibility of homelessness far behind. It means the world to us, that he will never have to face that challenge. Without WRYM, staff, volunteers, and YOU, Adam would not be where he is today.
Thank you for helping the lives of so many youth like Adam.
Jason Weinberg, Executive Director, email@example.com
From May 1-31, volunteers and supporters will be raising funds for The Windsor Residence for Young Men. This is a COVID-SAFE event for indoors or outdoors. Participate on your own or with members of your immediate household, and send in your photos. Choose your activity - walk, run, bike, push ups, treadmill, etc. You can create a team, join a team, join as an individual, or simply donate in support. Registration is free and donations are encouraged! Find out more at www.wrym.ca.
Brian Worrall, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Got Any Hand Sanitizer?
A recent Health Canada advisory has warned that Hiram Walker’s hand sanitizer products, which WRYM was fortunate to receive, contain an “unacceptable ingredient” which it states can cause “dry skin, leading to irritation or cracking.” By my calculations, WRYM could now replace our 30 gallons of donated Wiser’s sanitizer for about $1,500 depending on the kind we purchase, at the cost of: 4L for approximately $50.
Gregory D. Goulin, LSM, JD