You CAN go home again
Brian's parents had just got divorced. In the midst of the family changes and chaos, Brian felt left behind, angry, and an increasing sense of despair. Conflict in the home escalated to the point that Brian did not think he could take it anymore, and his mental health deteriorated to where he was considering taking his own life. Brian contacted the Children's Aid for help, and due to his age and their eligibility restrictions, he was referred to WRYM for help. Brian came into WRYM as a scared young man who did not see a future for himself. Issues with family, mental health, substance use, physical health, and with a manifested lack of life-skills, Brian explained to us that he felt a sense of worthlessness.
Over 8 months at WRYM, Brian learned how wrong he was, and how much worth he truly possessed. Brian graduated the Youth Independence Program at WRYM and received a high school credit, he enrolled back in school, gained employment, participated in counseling, acquired eye glasses, and learned a tremendous amount of life skills and personal resilience. Although Brian improved in his well-being and stability, he felt that he would still prefer to live with family and be there for his siblings. Once his mother was settled in their new home and a reunification plan was established, Brian was able to move in with his mother and his siblings, and he is still there today!
We are so happy to tell you about Brian's success, but we have to ask, what is one life worth? How much does 8 months of youth homelessness cost this community? What would happen if Brian wasn't at WRYM? Well, what we do know is that for $12,390, Brian received 24/7 lodging, professional support, case management, life skill teaching, housing assistance, and Aftercare support that resulted in an end to his homelessness. What would 8 months in an emergency shelter, hospital, jail, or treatment center cost us? What would it cost him?
In light of those questions, THANK YOU to our champions for investing in the youth of Windsor-Essex and their futures. Ending youth homelessness is achievable, one young person at a time. We can do this TOGETHER.
On behalf of the residents, volunteers and staff of WRYM, we sincerely thank them for their cheerful and energetic dedication to “our guys”.
Four days left to register to golf in
WRYM’s 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Register as an individual golfer or put together a few family members, friends or co workers. REGISTER ONLINE HERE or contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t want to golf! No problem!
Come out and join us for dinner at the Rochester Club Parkside Grille. REGISTER ONLINE HERE or contact Sue at email@example.com.
Prizes are still needed for our prize table! If you can help us out by donating a prize, please contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Gregory D. Goulin, LSM, JD (ret.), Founder
The Windsor Residence for Young Men