“Connor” and “the Guys” Thank You!
Thanks to our supporters generosity another “Connor” will be sponsored at WRYM and additional resident needs will be met, including the renovation of our main bathroom (before it may flood our kitchen below!)
Our sincere appreciation goes out to all of our supporters who Invested $22,427 in Citizenship.
The Makings of a Productive Citizen, like “Connor”
This Canada Day, we may wish to reflect on what it means to be a Canadian. Such a question will conjure up many notions, surely; but, what it doesn't mean, is to be abused. It doesn't mean to be alone. It doesn't mean to be homeless.
At WRYM, being Canadian means no one gets left behind, regardless of your family, your trauma, or your ability to meet the life challenges you were born into.
About 6 months ago, “Connor” came to WRYM to escape physical and verbal family violence. At first, Connor was certainly unsure about how to carry on, afraid of the unknown. Connor couldn't imagine himself finishing school, keeping his friends, getting a job, or moving forward. Connor was fixated on his crisis. He was a potential survivor of abuse, in poverty, with no where to live, and no plan on how to solve his situation.
We are so very proud of him, today! Connor has now received early acceptance to university; but, this is not all. He also found a part-time job, made it onto 2 school athletic teams, and is now looking at moving on from our program. We are excited for Connor starting life after The Windsor Residence for Young Men; but, he will always be a part of our "family" and the WRYM Brotherhood through Aftercare.
There are many Connors. Many young men are trying to overcome family violence, trauma, marginalization, and discrimination. We believe, these youth deserve a chance to benefit from our functional family that supports a life with dreams and goals.
When you think about being Canadian this Canada Day, be proud that you are Investing in Citizenship, invested in Connor, and helped support youth experiencing homelessness find the pride in themselves and the confidence in their future necessary to seize the rewards of a productive life which contributes to our community
Gregory D. Goulin, LSM, JD