Get Back on the Horse Again
Isn't "experience" just messing things up and learning from it? In Liam's case, he had tried to make it on his own, spread his wings, and live in a different city. Unfortunately, Liam learned quite quickly that he did not have the discipline and skill sets needed to survive on his own. When his landlord decided that an eviction was needed, Liam returned to Windsor-Essex, where he was raised and still had some supports.
As a former foster child, Liam's family was not able to house him, and sadly, he had never been very good at making friends. With nowhere else to turn upon his return to Windsor but a homeless shelter and the street, Liam came to WRYM with the goal of learning where he went wrong and moving back to independent living.
After some consideration of his mistakes the first time around, Liam utilized his personal relationships for assistance, while also building knowledge, life skills, and reflection at WRYM. In less than a month, Liam decided he was ready to "get back on the horse" and live on his own. Due to his incredible motivation, a skilled and supportive team here at WRYM, and a bit of luck, Liam was housed in less than a week after he started looking. Residents like Liam always remind us at WRYM how a young person's journey is not "linear". For youth, the "ups" often come with the "downs". When they do, WRYM will be here to help them put one foot in front of the other, moving forward again.
Because of you, and the entire WRYM support base, we are proud to keep lifting youth like Liam back up. No one deserves to “fall off the horse”, without a hand up and back on.
We managed to raise $1,885 through “$10 from 10 for WRYM” and St. Clair College students added another $575 with their “Spread Smiles” campaign. So … while it appears that this type of fundraising did not appeal to most of our supporters, for which we apologize, it all helps to reduce the amount needed to renovate our main bathroom to $10,196 now. As well, Plasman donated three 58" smart televisions, two for our recreation room and one for our classroom, and a recreation room table and chairs.
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Gregory D. Goulin, LSM, JD