Not a success story, but a lesson on what family is all about
I could not bring myself to edit this resident's story down to a couple paragraphs; so, it’s attached here for you to download - “WRYM’s a family home.”
Youth homelessness in Kingston - and how their United Way reacted
Quote - "One important learning that emerged from this process was a deeper understanding of how youth homelessness differs from adult homelessness. The key differentiator is that where homeless adults have nowhere to live, most youth who are homeless still have the option of returning to their family homes. A plan to address youth homelessness, then, must consider making a return to the family home a viable option. Unlike adult homelessness, youth homelessness can be viewed as a temporary condition rather than a chronic one, and the set of solutions can include educational components that may not be as effective with a chronically homeless older population.
Another important consideration that applies uniquely to youth homelessness is that young people are still developing. The risk-taking and reactive behaviours and poor impulse control that are often associated with developing minds are a contributing factor to youth homelessness, making addressing developmental issues critical to any solution.”
Sound familiar? This is what we do at WRYM! Read the full report: https://www.homelesshub.ca/resource/report-youth-homelessness-2019
WindsorEssex Community Foundation (WECF) 2019 Vital Signs survey
On behalf of the WindsorEssex Community Foundation (WECF), I am requesting your assistance with the 2019 Vital Signs survey. The Vital Signs survey is an annual community check-up conducted by Community Foundations from across Canada that measures the vitality of our cities, identifies significant trends, and assigns grades in areas critical to our quality of life. The 2019 Vital Signs survey closes on July 26th with the subsequent report being delivered as an insert with the Windsor Star on October 5th, 2019.
Here is a direct link to this year’s survey - https://bit.ly/2CFCRgx
And if you would like to read the 2018 Vital Signs® report, please click on this link - http://wecf.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2018-Vital-Signs-Report-1.pdf
A Parting Thought
Abuse is founded on dependency. Independence is the antidote.
We offer a hand up – not a handout.
Gregory D. Goulin, LSM, JD
Executive Director, (pro bono)