RTCC OutsideThe mission of the Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA is to build strong kids, strong families and a strong community by offering high quality, diverse, responsive and innovative programs and services. Our programs aim to improve the quality of life and develop the economic self-sufficiency of low-income children and their parents. The four core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility are at the heart of the YMCA’s mission and are incorporated into all programs. Learn more about the Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA and how to become a member.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday:  9:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday:             9:00 am-2:00 pm
Sunday:               Closed  (Rental Only)


Address & Phone:

790 Central Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06607
P 203 576 7430
F 203 576 7440
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WALK WITH US To End Homelessnes

ALPHA COMMUNITY SERVICES YMCA 19th Annual Walk To End Homelessness

October 3, 2020

Alpha Community Services YMCA operates the largest family shelter in Bridgeport and is the largest provider of permanent supportive housing in Connecticut! 

It’s been a very demanding year and Alpha Community Services YMCA has led the charge to address the needs of the entire community.

During the worst of the Connecticut Covid-19 pandemic, the YMCA led with innovation, providing additional services:

  • Alpha Community Services YMCA remained open while the State of Connecticut was shut down
  • 39 individuals and 19 families were housed in Y operated shelters
  • The South End Community Center was retrofitted as an emergency overflow shelter
  • Partnered with local hotels to utilize empty rooms for high risk individuals complete with daily case management
  • Retrofitted the Bridgeport YMCA as an Isolation Space for discharged Covid-19 patients with either no place to go, or in danger of infecting family in crowded living conditions
  • Served over 75,000 meals to date to vulnerable at-risk individuals, individuals and families in shelter programs and to ‘shut ins’
  • Provided laptops to assist children with distance learning, along with online health and wellness activities

As much as we all enjoyed our premiere fundraiser and the beautiful walk with our friends and family, from Captain’s Cove through St. Mary’s by The Sea, we have met an additional challenge of bringing our community together in a safe way for our 19th Annual Walk to End Homelessness.  We are creating a virtual walk culminating with an exciting virtual special event sponsored by Star 99, WEBE, WICC and The Patterson Club .

All our friends, family and members of our community will design and complete their walk on their own time, with donations and support from family and friends. We’re excited to share walk routes and pictures, which will inspire all of us.  We are asking walkers to complete their Walk before October 3, 2020 to accommodate our exciting signature event. To participate in the 19th Annual Walk Challenge please click to register. If you can please send pictures and videos of your walk to walktoendhomelessness@gmail.com.

On October 3, a live streaming simulcast will air from 5-6pm, both on Alpha Community Services YMCA Facebook page and on ZOOM, to raise awareness and donations for the Y.  The one hour event will feature video vignettes showcasing the Y and client stories,

We are fortunate to have several local celebrities playing a big part in this year’s streaming event; Tony Dovolani, of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ fame, Carl Pavano, former New York Yankee star pitcher, Javier Colon, past winner of NBC’s ‘The Voice’ and Walter Luckett, local basketball legend. The event will include Alpha Community Services Y Leaders sharing the Y history and experiences, and:

  • A Dance Tik Tok Challenge featuring Tony Dovolani, of Dancing with the Stars fame, throwing down a 15-20 second Tik Tok Dance Challenge to the Tik Tok community. Submissions will be reviewed and select videos will be played back during the event.
  • Musical segments led by local music personality/performer Green Eyed Lady and other local musical guests.
  • Special musical guest Javier Colon, past winner of NBCs The Voice, will be performing one of his popular hit songs.
  • Hear from local celebrities like Walter Luckett, local basketball legend, Carl Pavano, former NY Yankee great pitcher, Mayor Ganim of Bridgeport, and First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick of Fairfield.
  • A learn to cook segment by Eric Felitto, Chopped Food Channel winner,  cooking one his signature breakfasts.

We hope that everyone can watch and enjoy our virtual festivities!! Click to Register.

With a growing unstable economy and financial uncertainty of many Fairfield County households, our work is far from done. We are inviting you to join our 19th Walk to End Homelessness and play an important role in this vital event.  We need your support now more than ever. Please sign up and help us reach our goal of $150,000.  Corporate Sponsorships are also available please contact Carmen Colon, Vice President Bridgeport Ys. Donate Now!

Get Into The Game

BasketballSkills and Drills Basketball

The Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA will be hosting an basketball skills and drills for boys & girls in the surrounding areas. The goal of the camp is to provide a safe,  fun, learning environment for your child who would like to strengthen his or her game.  Two age/grade range  specific session will be offered, details are listed below. Only 14 spots available for each group.

  • Grades: 5-8 Time:  6:00 p.m.– 7:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 9-12 Time: 7:00 p.m.. – 8:00 p.m.
  • 8 Week Session

When: Mon & Tues September 21 – November 10

Contact: Ken Neal P 203-576-7430 E kneal@cccymca.org

Fee: $60

Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do

YMCA Skills and Agility Training

The Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA is offering skills and agility sessions for players grades 3-12. Drills will be customized to the ability of each player and will increase in difficulty as players progress. The training session will be lead by a qualified trainer and will take place during open gym times.

Private session 

Individual player with one coach, 45 minutes during an open gym/field slot. Cost: $25 per session

10 pack of sessions 

Individual player with one coach, 45 minutes during an open gym/field slot. Cost: $100

Semi-Private session

2-5 players with one coach, one hour during an open gym/field slot. Cost: $30 per person per session

When: Sessions date/times are based on availability of player, coach and gym/field times

Contact: Ken Neal  P 203 576 7430 E Kneal@cccymca.org

Having Fun in the Sun

Silhouette with baseball batTiny T-Ball

The Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA baseball is designed to teach young players the fundamentals of the game. Participants will learn how to catch, throw and bat in a fun team atmosphere. The focus of the class is to have fun, meet new friends and play in a non-competitive environment. T-ball is open to kids ages 4-7. Bring a glove. 15 Spots available.

When: Thursdays, September 24– November 12

Time: 5:45– 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $40

Contact: Ken Neal P: 203 576 7430 x205  E kneal@cccymca.org

Exploring the Arts

PaletteGirls Club

This group gives teens the opportunity to explore their creative side through different mediums. Participants will have the opportunity to express themselves through painting, drawing, crafts, poetry and more.

When: Wednesdays, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Fee: $30

Ages: 14-18

Contact: Camille Harris, Youth & Family Coordinator P: 209 576 7430 E charris@cccymca.org

Paint with Friends

Teen Paint Night

Have fun after school while painting a beautiful picture lead by an instructor. Light snacks will be served. Paint with friends or make new ones.

When: Friday, October 16 6pm

Contact: Camille Harris, Youth and Family Coordinator, E charris@cccymca.org

Fees: $15


painting brush graphics

Adult Paint Night

Have fun while painting a beautiful picture lead by an instructor. Light snacks will be served. Paint with family, friends or enjoy some time alone.

When:  Thursday, October 22 6pm

Contact: Camille Harris, Youth and Family Coordinator, E charris@cccymca.org

FEES: $30

Fall 1 Program Guide

All children and teens are welcome at the Ralphola Taylor Community Center Y!

Our youth activities and child care programs provide kids a warm and supportive environment in which to grow.  Please take a look at our 2020 Program Guide Fall 1.

Our Fall 1 Program Session runs: August 31 through October 25, 2020.

Please register for classes by calling the Y or registering on-line.

After School Program

The After-School Program runs Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 pm and serves at-risk youth in grades K-8. Our program provides a safe haven and opportunities to the youth in the East End of Bridgeport. Each child is assisted in completing schoolwork or assigned worksheets, receives a healthy snack and participates in a rotating schedule of activities that includes dance, performing arts, arts and crafts, and sports rather than the company of the TV set or the local street corner. Programs run throughout the school year.

Run, Pass, Kick And Score

Boy wearing Y shirt bouncing soccer ball on knee

Soccer Clinic

The Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA is offering a 8 week soccer clinic for players of all skill levels. Players will go through drills to build skill as well as IQ.  The  clinic will focus on individual ball skills, proper technique, and knowledge of the game. Our goal is to establish a sustainable community that will support the talent and dreams of the children in our program.

When: Friday’s September 25 – November 13 5:45pm-6:45pm

Who: Age 5-8

Fees: $60

Contact: Ken Neal, Youth & Family Coordinator  E kneal@cccymca.org  P 203 576 7430 EXT:205