Our "Season of Giving Campaign Kicks Off Tomorrow!
Beginning with the national "Giving Tuesday" movement tomorrow, the Windsor Residence for Young Men is excited to announce that we have $15,000 dollars in matching funds available to double the impact of donations we receive throughout the holiday season. Thank you to Capital Power ($10,000), as well as Donald and Maureen Gordon ($5,000), who have made this pledge to make our campaign possible. Donations can be made online as found through the link below, or by mail/in-person donations made at our residence
Don't miss the chance to double the impact of your donation! This opportunity will end on January 1, 2024, or until the matching funds are exhausted!
A Night to Remember
On Thursday November 2, 2023, WRYM was proud to host an Awards Reception to thank the amazing donors, supporters, partners, and friends of our organization. This occasion was made particularly special in the hearts of our members, as our founder, Greg Goulin, was presented with a Legacy Award, to honour his 20+ years of dedication to ending homelessness for youth. Thank you to all of those who attended and supported this inspiring event and our volunteers who made it possible.
Why Our Doors Are Orange!
From Tuesday November 28th – Sunday December 17th, the Home Depot Canada customers across the country will be empowered to be a part of our giving campaign by being asked to make a $2, $5, or $10 donation in support of a local charity that provides housing and/or supportive services to homeless youth as part of their Orange Door Project. We are honored to announce that the Home Depot store at Division Road has selected WRYM as the beneficiary of this amazing effort. If you are in-store at Home Depot, please check out the beautiful display put on by the Division Road staff and consider helping us make this Orange Door Project the most successful yet!
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Past Resident Update - Our Odd Couple
In the fall of 2020, we were thrilled to tell you about our "odd couple," Oscar and Felix, who were friends in the residence that we were able to house together. Well, three years later, Oscar is still a quiet, carefree, and gentle soul; and, Felix is still as excitable as ever, with more projects on the go then there is time in the day.
Although these two are still great friends, we are sad to say, it was time for a change! With the support of our Aftercare Worker, both young men were able to continue housing and find different options that they found preferable (with new roommates). Sometimes opposites don't attract!
We feel this short update shows the impact our simple programs have in a youth's life. Three years after Oscar and Felix left WRYM, our staff were still there. When life changed, Oscar and Felix didn't need to return to a couch, the streets, or an emergency shelter, because they had the support they needed to find and continue their housing. For the 100+ youth served in Aftercare every year, we are preventing homelessness, not responding to it.
WRYM's Awards Reception
The Windsor Residence for Young Men will be hosting an Awards Reception on Thursday November 2, 2023, at the Ciociaro Club (Salon F), from 7:00PM to 9:00PM, to show our appreciation for the many individuals and businesses who have been instrumental in supporting us over the years. This event is free for attendees with appetizers provided. Space is still available to attend!
During the event, we will be celebrating our founder Greg Goulin and his retirement from WRYM by honouring his 22+ years of volunteer service with a Legacy Award.
Attached is a flyer for the Awards Reception. We are so pleased to announce that retired broadcaster Jim Crichton will be our Masters of Ceremony, and former CFL player Frank Renaud will be our keynote speaker.
If you would like to attend this event, you can RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited, so we will be accepting reservations on a "first come, first serve" basis. Please note, RSVP's are required for attendance.
Thanksgiving for All
We want to give thanks to all of our supporters, volunteers, donors, and champions who keep WRYM and our mission close to their hearts. It was incredibly heartwarming and inspiring yesterday to see the amazing group of youth who are here right now sitting together in our dining room sharing in the holiday as a "family" would.
Without you, our supporters, partners, and donors, 7 youth would have spent last weekend in a position of homelessness, instead of at WRYM sharing a meal with new friends. Your support has truly helped change someone's life.