🍁 By Investing in Citizenship Together We Become a Productive Community 🍁
June is Canadian Citizenship Month at The Windsor Residence for Young Men.
This year Greg Goulin and Brian Cohen have each pledged $10,000, ($20,000 in total), to match your donations during the month of June, ending on Canada Day. If you wish to “meet their match” with a donation, mark it “citizenship."
Our program was founded and remains designed to produce productive citizens from impressionable but homeless young men who might otherwise become broken adults draining on our community resources, involved in crime, addictions, violence (domestic, chauvinistic and otherwise), and dependent on social assistance. We do this by modelling a healthy family, sometimes the only family "our guys" have ever known, with respect for all, including oneself.
Homeless male youth 15-25 years of age are 8 times more likely to die “on the street” than their peers; and, males have a suicide rate 3 times higher than females. While males of the same age are the most violent demographic in any society, they are also the largest group to present with the most serious injuries and wounds at Ontario’s emergency wards. As well, they silently suffer about 40% of the sexual assaults within that age range. They, too, have been the victims of domestic assault; but, hopefully we can model a functional family to learn from and prevent repetition.
We invest your donations in our guys’ future; but, they have to apply for admission and establish that they want to change their plight. WRYM is not a shelter to attend for a bed and a meal; rather, its program is similar to a scholarship program sponsoring those who want to learn basic life skills while staying in school or employment, if not seeking to do so.
In other words, our guys have to give to get – that’s citizenship.
Consequently, our community also has to give to get productive citizens from homeless youth whose prospects only get worse the longer they are on the street.
Thank you for looking kindly upon these young men; because they have tremendous potential. Even if they are “hard to hug” sometimes, they deserve a decent chance in life.
Note: Existing monthly donations, in-kind and donations for other purposes, are not eligible for “match”. To “match” you can click on the donation square below or mail your cheques to the residence before June 30th.
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