The Alpha Community Services YMCA, a Bridgeport area pioneer in providing services dedicated to the homeless, has been a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA since 1992. As part of the Y, Alpha Community Services has grown and expanded its services, striving to provide not just temporary shelter but also a path to a better life for those experiencing homelessness. We manage the largest family emergency shelter in Connecticut and provide supportive services to over 400 clients each year.

Business Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Business Office Address & Phone387 Clinton Avenue WEB

387 Clinton Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605
203 366 2809
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Alpha Community Services YMCA offers services to clients referred by Connecticut’s statewide system for addressing chronic homelessness, the Coordinated Access Network (CAN). Through CAN referrals, Alpha Community Services provides Family Navigation; Emergency Shelter focused on families; Permanent Supportive Housing; Supportive Services to Veteran Families and also has been instrumental in creating and sustaining the Bridgeport Housing First Collaborative. All Alpha CSY services include Case Management enriched through partnerships with a variety of community organizations. Alpha CSY provides specialized services to clients facing housing insecurity, as such, complies with all applicable privacy and confidentiality standards, including but not limited to, those of HUD, DOH, DMHAS, and HMIS.

If you are currently homeless and seeking services, please call 2-1-1.

Case Management

Alpha Community Services YMCA provides case management services to all its clients. Case Managers provide support and crisis intervention for the clients. They link residents, both adult and youth, to mental health, substance abuse, employment, medical resources, educational opportunities and other services in the community. Case Managers assist families in the path of self-sufficiency.

In addition to offering support services through the case management model, ACS Y has developed its own programs for its clients: Workshops for Effective Parenting Skills, STD/HIV prevention, Dental Hygiene, Health and Wellness, Job Readiness, Eviction Prevention, and Financial Planning, among others.

Some of the activities for children include Summer Camp, Safety Around Water, swimming at the Y, arts and crafts activities, educational workshops, Read Across America day, Homework Assistance and Mentoring Programs.

387 Clinton Avenue serves as the Alpha Community Services YMCA (ACS-Y) Administrative Office.  Located in the West End of Bridgeport, the three-story building was built in 1895.  Case management and client group sessions supported by grants and the ACS-Y Annual Campaign are also conducted at this site.


Neighbors Help Neighbors

Engage along side us to help our community. Together we can make a difference. Donate food and household items on Monday April 26 – Friday, April 30.

Items can be dropped off at the Franklin Apartments, 12 Garden Street, Bridgeport CT. All donations will be distributed to the individuals and families being supported by the Alpha Community Services YMCA.

Suggested Needs Include:

  • Canned Soup, Canned Broth, Canned Stew
  • Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Tuna, Canned Fish
  • Canned Beans
  • Can Openers
  • Peanut butter
  • Pasta, Rice
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Mayonnaise
  • Snack Bars
  • Cake Mix, Canned Frosting
  • Diapers
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Personal Care Items
  • Paper Towels, Toilet Paper
  • Food Storage Items, Bags, Tin Foil
  • Disinfectant Sprays and Wipes

Forever In Service

In honor of Earth Day on April 22 the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA will demonstrate our support for environmental protection. Our hope is to celebrate the importance of taking care of nature and beautifying our community. Events will be held throughout our service area Saturday, April 17 – Friday, April 23. Each event will be an opportunity for you to volunteer alongside us, give back to our community and donate. Let’s come together and demonstrate our commitment to each other.

You can help us build a better us. Be involved with us.

Join us for our Days of Service.

Engage along side us to help our community. Together we can make a difference.

Volunteer! Get involved and work beside us with other community supporters. Sign up to volunteer for a safe, socially distanced volunteer shift at one of many events. We hope to have a YMCA presence at each! Volunteer groups welcome! Our goal is to have 22 new volunteers work beside our 22 Y staff members to collect over 22 bags of trash.

Give Back! We hope to spend 220 hours beautifying our community. Can you give us a little of your time and energy?

Donate! Make an on-line donation to support this vital work so that the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA can help serve those in our community who needs us most. Our goal is to raise at least $2,200 during our April Days of Service. Every dollar counts!

Opportunities for You to Participate With Us

  • Hamden/North Haven YMCA and the New Haven YMCA Youth Center are recruiting staff and volunteers to help clear the 12 walking trails, prep the community garden for cultivation, plant bulbs in flower beds, and develop a butterfly garden near the pavilion for YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel serving local communities in Hamden, North Haven, New Haven. Saturday, April 17 9am-Noon at Camp Mountain Laurel, 2705 Downes Road, Hamden. Questions?  Please email Erin, ekelly@cccymca.org, or call 203 776 9622.
  • Get moving for Mother Earth and collect trash in the neighborhoods surrounding the Stratford Y on a “Walk With Us: Earth Day Clean Up!” All of the Walks will start at the Stratford Y 3045 Main Street. We’ll provide gloves, trash bags, and a walking route. Wear your mask and get ready to be outside together.
    • Monday, April 19– 6 PM- Walk With Us to Nichols School via North Ave (approx. 2 miles)
    • Tuesday , April 20– 11:15 AM– Walk With Us to Long Brook Park with Pauline (approx. 1 mile)
    • Wednesday, April 21– 1 PM– Walk With Us for YLC Students to Stratford Police Department
    • Thursday, April 22– 4 PM- Walk With Us to Town Hall with Sterling House Community Center friends
    • Friday, April 23– 4 PM– Walk With Us to Paradise Green (approx. 1mile)
  • Join us on Tuesday, April 20 at 3:30pm at the Luis Marin School near their garden and playground on 479 Helen Street, Bridgeport. YMCA staff members, children in our Lighthouse afterschool program, school educators and other volunteers will be cleaning up the Luis Marin School community garden and planting flowers.
  • The Valley YMCA at the Holy Rosary Church will, in partnership with the Church, do a spring clean-up of the Church grounds and begin gardening projects.  Wednesday, April 21.
  • At noon on April 22, Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA staff will be walking on the Pequonnock River Trail starting at the Spring Hill entrance and picking up trash. We hope that you will be able to join us.
  • Thursday, April 22. The Woodruff Family Y and our Togetherhood program participants will be doing a park clean up at Bodies Place in Milford. 10am-1pm. Meet us there! Wear gloves, bring your own rakes, please.
  • On April 23, the Valley Y and the Woodruff Family Y Leaders Club will partake in a positive messaging campaign and spread great environmental messaging with sidewalk chalk around downtown Milford. All our welcome! Please call the Y for meeting location and time.

Special Programs Being Led in our Ys 

  • Visit the Stratford Y at the Shakespeare Market on Saturday, April 17! Plant a seed  and grab a trash pick up bag to go.
  • From April 17-22, the Soundview Family Y will be encouraging members to do clean ups in their neighborhoods – with their family and friends. The Y will be collecting pictures to share.
  • The Valley Child Care Center will be taking an educational Nature Walk around the center to teach our youth about nature and the importance of keeping it fresh and clean.
  • All Woodruff Family YMCA and Valley Y School Age Child Care sites will participate in an environmental scavenger hunt outdoors to help our children learn about recycling and their future world in a fun way. We will also be writing positive environmental messages on the sidewalks. #STEM
  • On April 21, the Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA Fallow Hallow and Stepney Elementary School after school participants will be making bird feeders from recycled toilet paper rolls that they will then bring home to hang in their trees. If the kiddos are willing to part with some, we will have them available for our members to bring home and enjoy, but we aren’t sure how many will get handed over
  • The preschool and SACC children at the New Haven YMCA Youth Center will be planting seeds and flowers to give to the Seniors at the Dixwell/Newhallville Senior Center in New Haven
  • Hamden/North Haven YMCA SACC children will be cleaning and beautifying the Community Garden at the Keefe Center.
  • School age child care participants at the Soundview Family Y Cosey Beach program will be doing a beach and park clean up on April 22.
  • Soundview Family Y Hayes School school age child care youth will be cleaning up at the Hayes School and Pit on April 22.
  • On April 22, Soundview Family Y school age child care participants will be cleaning up the areas around the Y.
  • Children in the Bridgeport Y’s Kolbe Early Learning Center will be focusing on the three R’s: Reduce, Recycle, Reuse by creating junk sculptures using any recycle materials such as old clothes, cereal boxes, spoons, egg cartons, paper towel tubes, plastic containers, cans, shoe boxes and more. Sculptures will be displayed at the Y so that all children, families and community volunteers can learn more about ways to reduce, recycle and reuse.

The Y. For a Better Us.

Forever Grateful

Thank you for supporting our Days of Service!

Healthy Kids Day Saturday April 24 10am-1pm

We’re hosting our annual Healthy Kids Day® on Saturday, April 24, 10am-1pm at the Bridgeport Y AND the Ralphola Taylor Community Center. We’d like to encourage families to take a moment to help kids be kids.

While the in-person event will feature physically distanced activities and be in accordance with CDC and State and Local Health Department recommendations, the Y aims to provide a carefree morning for children, celebrating what makes a kid, a healthy kid.

The events will feature activities such as games, healthy eating ideas, STEM activities and fun competitions to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home.

Share in the fun – we are also collecting new socks, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and deodorant for others in our community. Please bring something to donate!

All are welcome to join our free physically distanced event on Saturday, April 24.

 


Walk to End Homelessness

Walk with Us

20th WALK TO END HOMELESSNESS

When: Saturday, May 22, 2021 • Registration 8:30AM • Walk: 9:30AM

What: 4 Mile Walk • Mask Wearing, Socially Distanced • Rain or Shine

Where: Captains Cove Seaport, 1 Bostwick Avenue, Bridgeport CT

While our in-person event will feature physically distanced activities and be in accordance with CDC and State and Health Department recommendations, the Y aims to provide an inspirational and motivating morning to help raise awareness and donations so that everyone in the community can help the Alpha Community Services YMCA to end homelessness.

Three ways to Register:

  • Register on-line. Click Here.
  • Fill out the registration form: Walk Registration 2021 Send us your registration. Email: mvalentin@cccymca.org • Fax: 203 367 1246 • Mail: 387 Clinton Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605
  • Register at the Walk. Registration will be available starting at 8:30am at the Walk.

Please donate! With your help, we hope to raise $60,000 at our event. Please consider an on-line donation.

Interested in being a Sponsor! Learn more here: Walk Sponsor Opportunities 2021 As a leader in our community, we know you understand the power of change and that your business is a driving force behind it. We invite you to join us as a 2021 Sponsor of the Alpha Community Services YMCA Walk to End Homelessness.


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