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.


Forever in Service

The New Year often brings feelings of positive improvement and change – a new year, a time to focus on living a better life and providing support for those around us. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a pioneer in the world of positive improvement and change, we celebrate him and his work, MLK Day, Monday January 18.  For over 20 years, MLK Day has been a time that individuals were encouraged to volunteer their time to improve their communities.

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.

Donate! Our goal is to collect over 180 pounds of non-perishable food, household staples and other items at each Y. That’s a total of 1,800 pounds! Every canned good and toilet paper roll counts. Collection points are:

  • Help the Fairfield Y collect items for Operation Hope this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 18 at the Fairfield Y. Please visit https://operationhopect.org/help-stock-shelves/ for a full list of items needed.
  • Lakewood-Trumbull Y Food and Toiletries Drive for the Alpha Community Services YMCA. Non-perishable food donations and toiletries are being collected for the Alpha Community Services YMCA in Bridgeport. Click for a list of the most requested items: Food and Toiletries Drive Items
  • Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA is holding a can good drive which will help support the Bridgeport Tabernacle SDA Church food pantry. All donations welcome.
  • The Stratford Y is holding a Personal Hygiene Drive Jan 12-19 for our Stratford community partners. Items most requested are: shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, floss, baby powder, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, hand sanitizer, lotion, baby wipes, feminine products. Please drop your donations off at the Y.
  • Soundview Family Y: Let’s lend a helping hand and help the Madison Food Pantry! Collection time is Monday 1/18 -Thursday 1/21, 7am-7pm at the Soundview Family YMCA in Branford.
  • The Soundview Family Y is running a ‘Warm Their Soles’ care package drive for the community homeless collecting essential items such as warm socks, gloves, hats, scarves, toothbrushes/toothpaste, hand wipes, hand warmers, band-aids, nail clippers, lip balm, bottled water, tampons/sanitary pads, individually wrapped granola bars/crackers. Please donate on Monday, January 18.
  • Valley Y and Woodruff Family Y Book Drive. Bring in new or gently used books between January 11 – January 28. Our goal is to collect over 180 books at each of our branches.  A collection bin will be located at the front door of each Y to collect the books.

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!

  • The Valley Y and the Woodruff Family Y are looking for volunteers to decorate bookmarks to go along with the books. Beginning on Monday, January 11, pick up a packet of assembled materials from the Woodruff Family Y or the Valley YMCA to make bookmarks at home! This could be a great family community service. We encourage you to decorate with multicultural quotes or along those lines.
  • Join the Woodruff Family Y for a distanced bookmark making project via Zoom on Monday, January 18 at 2:30pm.  Y staff will be reading some of their favorite stories as we decorate our bookmarks.
  • The Stratford Y is partnering with the Baldwin Center to cheer up our seniors. Our children and staff are making cards to be delivered to our Baldwin Center friends. Supplies will be provided at the Y on Monday, Jan 18 – or please, make them at home and bring them to the Y by Jan 18.
  • Milford Food2Kids – January 28 9am-11am.  Contact jroyce@cccymca.org for more information and to reserve your spot to volunteer.
  • Red Cross Blood Drive at the Woodruff Family Y – January 28 9am – 1pm / February 25 9am – 2pm. Contact Redcross.org to make an appointment to give.
  • Red Cross Blood Drive at the Lakewood-Trumbull Y – February 9 9am – 2:30pm. For an appointment/to register to donate at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor

Support! 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 $3,500 during our Days of Service. Every dollar counts!

The Y. For a Better Us.

Forever Grateful

Thank you for supporting our Days of Service!

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