There is no Magic to our Program, just Common Sense, once the Problem is Understood
For those of you that found interesting the article on Housing First for Youth, HF4Y, and why such a program must differ from a one size fits all approach such as Housing First, which was essentially designed for chronically homeless adults, I have attached “Pathways into Youth Homelessness” (click below). The many ways and reasons why youth find themselves homeless are explained in this new article, which gives greater insight into the “hows & whys” by which our program has proved itself so successful.
Falling down is a part of life. Staying down is a state of mind. For Jerome, there was not much further to fall. Jerome was unemployed, creditors were coming after him for unpaid debts, alcohol use was becoming more common, and his family had given up trying to help. So, Jerome had nowhere to live and no one to guide him. Rather than just live on the street or go to an emergency shelter, Jerome decided to contact WRYM to see if he could get help.
WRYM offered Jerome structure in his daily routines, positive role models in his corner, important personal goals to work on; and, eventually, Jerome decided not to give up. Soon after, Jerome was employed full time, focused upon how he could get back on his feet; and, saving to live on his own.
6 weeks later, Jerome moved into an apartment leaving homelessness behind. We were sad to see him go, but cannot overstate how excited we were as well. For us, seeing Jerome turn his entire life around in less than two months was inspiring for our whole team. We never gave up on Jerome, and now, he won't give up on himself, especially with our Aftercare continuing to back him up.
The next "Jerome" needs your help too
This March only, Make It Monthly with an extra $20 from CanadaHelps!
This March, CanadaHelps is raising the bar on giving by helping your donation go further. When you set up a new monthly donation of $20 or more, CanadaHelps will make an additional $20 one-time donation as well to the Windsor Residence for Young Men.
With a monthly donation, you can make a difference year-round. We can plan ahead and spend more time focusing on our mission, instead of worrying about fundraising. Plus, it can be easier on your budget, too. Don’t miss your chance to make a bigger impact!
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Gregory D. Goulin, LSM, JD