Partners in Blue Uniforms
You may find the correspondence attached from our police supporters impressive and their view unique. They truly do understand and appreciate what we are about.
Evin, an Amazing Young Man
At WRYM we pride ourselves in ensuring every young man experiencing homelessness can receive help. In late February “Matthew House,” which provides “comfort and security for refugee claimants in Windsor by providing transitional housing and settlement assistance,” was at maximum capacity. Unfortunately, this meant that Evin, a recent refugee claimant to Canada, was left homelessness, while Matthew house was willing to continue processing his refugees claim.
Evin was on a student visa, when his mother in Rwanda seemed to disappear. Various international settlement agencies informed him that his mother was believed to have been arrested, is a political prisoner; and, it would not be safe for him to return to his home country. This meant that Evin could no longer continue school as he was not receiving financial support; he could not afford to maintain his living accommodations; and, he was not entitled to any government supports while his refugee claim was in-progress. He could not work nor attend school; and, was without purpose, lost and severely depressed.
School, job search or work is mandatory in our program. It was also quickly observed that Evin was an outstanding, responsible, mature, and kind young man who grasped and flew through our program without any place to transition to upon completion. We had to do some hard thinking and concluded that volunteering for WRYM and other groups that support us as well as unpaid internships was “work” that benefitted WRYM and our community, as well as providing experience that would assist his future employment potential and improve his mental health. Evin has now earned his place in our semi-independent apartment.
However, Evin could not receive any form of government assistance, not even $17.50 a day for room and board. At an average cost of $159 per day or about $8,000 per resident that we assist, WRYM needs your help to “sponsor” this young man. As an individual, group, or organization, please consider helping us to provide for Evin.
Stuff We Need
Lunch time is when we teach our guys how to prepare healthy meals with staples and canned goods available from food banks. We need canned beef, chicken and turkey – not tuna, salmon nor ham. I am afraid our guys may soon grow gills and start to oink after lunch.
Thank You to a New Corporate Program Partner
We must extend our heart felt appreciation to Fabio and Massimo De Mench of CareerStreams Resources Inc. Fabio and Massimo are voluntarily enrolling our guys in their program which develops the full potential of our residents for employment with businesses of our community. They truly perceive the “win – win” benefits to our guys and our economy. They are “completing the circle” with employers such as Green Processing, Canadian Tire and others who seek to employ our guys.
Tours and Talks
We are continuing our Tours and Talks every Wednesday from 1-3pm for those of you interested in our residence and learning why as well as how our program produces a 98% success rate in moving young men off the street and on to productive citizenship. By reservation only due to demand.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and he will feed himself for a lifetime.
Gregory D. Goulin, LSM, JD
Executive Director, (pro bono),
Cell: (519) 981-9917