On behalf of “our guys”, staff, volunteers and myself, THANK YOU ALL for your generosity this Season.
Donations and pledges have reached $62,315 with 11 days to go!
Last year we raised $82,193, or just over 20% of this year’s budgeted expenses; so, your kindness by keeping “our guys” close to your hearts is very significant. I must also note that as our 10th year comes to a close we have had our 400thadmission, keeping our promise to our community of 40 a year; but, we did not anticipate a 90% success rate, maintained for several years now, nor national recognition of our program at the conference of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. It seems our investments in the homeless male youth of our community has been worthwhile in producing many potentially productive citizens.
As you may know, since the back of my neck was removed to prevent quadriplegia, I have been “working remotely” and don’t get out much anymore; but, all things in life have their blessings. After almost 60 years, I have been able to become a watercolourist again, even if a two-fisted one with little feeling in my hands. As a youth, I was very fortunate to have been tutored by Bill Stidworthy, a renowned artist with work in the Art Gallery of Windsor’s collection. Thanks to Bill’s blunt appraisals of my efforts, I was even able to win a few prizes back then; and now, working on a post-rainfall scene, I remembered some of his advice: water is not blue, it is many colours and it has texture, of ripples at least, as well as “reflections”. Bill said:
“ Look with your eyes, not your mind, and then think about it ! ”
It was good advice, in many ways. I ask you to do the same with “our guys” and WRYM, please.
Wishing you the Very Best of the Season, and Thanking You for providing the same to “our guys”,
In less than a week our supporters have donated $12,740 to “match” the $10,000 pledged by Capital Power; and, it seems that we need more Matching Donors – such a problem!
While your almost instant and significant generosity is very surprising, perhaps it is reflective of your faith in the effectiveness of our program which received national, (and some international) recognition early last month when our Executive Director, Jason Weinberg, was invited to the conference of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness to present on our innovative and highly successful Youth Independence Program, (if innovative means getting back to basics). Or, possibly you have noticed that WRYM did not have an outbreak of COVID19 throughout the pandemic due to health and safety procedures we instituted, while maintaining our 90% success record transitioning our guys out of homelessness. Again, it may be that you realize that we are the only residential program in our community that serves all homeless self-identifying male youth 16-24 years of age, in house and after they move on, regardless of their religion, immigration status, and sexual orientation; noting as well that we seem to be the only residential facility for homeless male-oriented Trans youth; and, that “our guys” all get along!
Thank you, Stay Safe and the Very Best of the Season to all.
Please share this with your friends and encourage others to support our efforts.
Gregory D. Goulin, LSM, JD (ret.), Founder
The Windsor Residence for Young Men
1505 Langlois Ave., Windsor, ON, N8X 4M3
an incorporated registered charity # 879631810RR0001
www.wrym.ca Cell: (519) 981-9917
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WRYM’s Season of Giving Starts November 29th, 2022
Tuesday, November 29th, is Giving Tuesday, the start of WRYM’s Seasonal Giving Campaign
Capital Power has pledged up to $10,000
to give us a boost, to Match and double
your total monetary Donations !!!
We are truly grateful for the confidence in our program expressed by this significant generosity.
Donations to WRYM’s Season of Giving can be made online, by mail or in person at 1505 Langlois Ave, Windsor ON, N8X 4M3. Last year, during the 2021 Season of Giving campaign, Capital Power also provided $10,000 dollars in matching funds.
"We are proud to support the exceptional work being done at The Windsor Residence for Young Men,” said Matthew Bitzer, Plant Manager, East Windsor Cogeneration Centre, Capital Power. “Capital Power believes it is very important to help these youth find new homes and build fulfilling lives, especially with winter coming and the cold weather setting in.”
Capital Power is a growth-oriented North American wholesale power producer with a strategic focus on sustainable energy headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta. They build, own and operate high-quality, utility-scale generation facilities that include renewables and thermal. They have also made significant investments in carbon capture and utilization to reduce carbon impacts and are committed to be off coal in 2023.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The 2022 Annual General Meeting of The Windsor Residence for Young Men will be held on Thursday, 15 December 2022, at 6pm by remote format.
If you plan on attending, please register by replying to this email with your name, address, email address and phone number before 5pm, Friday, 9 December, 2022.
You are most welcome to attend; but, we must also verify your membership status for voting eligibility. Our Bylaws read “Membership in the corporation shall be limited to persons interested in furthering the objects of the corporation and shall consist of anyone whose application for admission as a member has received the approval of the board of directors of the corporation”.
Consequently, voting will be done by roll call of the members registered to attend.
Once you have registered, you will be sent an email with details about how to access the meeting and the materials necessary for participation.
Stay safe and please share this with your friends.
Gregory D. Goulin, LSM, JD