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
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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
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.
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:
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.