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. The Alpha Community Services Y 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 – managing the largest family emergency shelter in Connecticut and providing supportive services to over 400 clients each year.
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Every day at the Y we are inspired by the child learning to swim, the woman running her first mile, the baby taking his first steps, and the senior staying active and social…well into her 90’s. We are heartened by the purpose and potential we see in every member, volunteer, and person that walks through our doors.
We are also inspired by – and grateful – for you. Your support makes all of this is possible.
During this holiday season, we need your help to ensure we can continue transforming lives. Please give today, and together we can make our community a better place for all.
Your gift ensures that as community needs change and evolve, the Y is able to respond.
WHEN: Thursday, December 14
TIME: 5:30-8:00 pm
HOSTED BY: Claire & Scott Burns, John Stafstrom & Dennis Murphy 29 Eames Boulevard Bridgeport, CT
RSVP: $100 / Attendee Click here to register
Sponsorships available: Gold Sponsor $5,000 provides a home for a family by covering rental assistance. 10 Event Tickets are gifted to this sponsor level. / Silver Bells Sponsor $2,500 provides security deposits for a family’s new home. 6 Event Tickets are gifted to this sponsor level. / Red Poinsettia Sponsor $1,000 provides household items to furnish a new home. 4 Event Tickets are gifted to this sponsor level. / Evergreen Sponsor $500 provides a months’ worth of food for a family. 2 Event Tickets are gifted for this sponsor level. Click here to become a sponsor.
Unable to attend? Please consider a 100% tax-deductible on-line donation.
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 Y 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 services include Case Management enriched through partnerships with a variety of community organizations. Also provided are 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, the 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.
The Bridgeport South End Community Center on 650 Park Avenue serves as the Alpha Community Services YMCA Administrative Office. Case management and client group sessions supported by grants and the Y Annual Campaign are also conducted at this site.