The Windsor Residence for Young Men extends its appreciation to The Caboto Club and Mr. Stefano Riolo for donating approximately $5,000 from the proceeds of the 2019 Italian of the Year Gala.
L-R: Greg Goulin, WRYM Executive Director (pro bono); Stefano (Steve) Riolo, 2019 Italian of the Year; and Gino Piazza, Caboto Club President.
Assessment, Support and “Navigation” = Success!
Carl came to WRYM without much hope in his life. He had left his home where his mother’s mental health issues were the cause of a lot of abuse, conflict, and anger. Carl tried to live back and forth between friends; but, he quickly realized he would not be able to pull himself out of homelessness without more support and structure in his life. With tears and his bag on his back, Carl came to WRYM for assistance.
After completing our assessment process and some counseling from staff, we were able to rapidly respond to Carl’s needs by connecting him with specialized community supports, while providing housing, life-skills, and case management oversight. Primary medical care was received from Windsor-Essex Community Health Center; financial guidance and counselling provided by Family Services; dental assistance acquired from a dentist in private practice; mental health support from the Transitional Stability Center; and, a wide range of housing collaboration between ACCESS County Services, Housing Information Services, the City of Windsor, the Ontario Disability Support Program, and the Housing Stability Plan.
With community support behind him, Carl moved on to independent living with his head held high and very little possibility of a return to homelessness. We are ecstatic with Carl’s success; and, we believe his situation truly exemplifies the collaborative approach we take at the Windsor Residence for Young Men. Because we do not duplicate services, we are very good at helping “our guys” navigate the complexities of the phenomenal assistance available to them in our community.
Gregory D. Goulin, LSM, JD (ret.)
Executive Director, (pro bono),
The Windsor Residence for Young Men