At Alpha Community Services, we address the basic human needs for shelter, dignity and self sufficiency by providing a range of housing opportunities and supportive services.
Alpha Community Services became a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA in 1992 and for the past 19 years our community has come to rely on us to provide a sense of community, hope and a safe place to belong to a growing population of homeless men, women and children. While many of our residents may not have any other support networks, the Y’s housing gave 892 individuals, including more than 400 children, a sense of community and a place to belong last year.
We welcome your support as we continue this important service and encourage you to become involved with the YMCA.
Business Office Hours
Monday – Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm
387 Clinton Avenue
Membership at any YMCA is a win-win scenario. Your membership provides you with access to exceptional facilities and programs. Although Alpha Community Services YMCA is not a full facility branch, our clients are encouraged to explore membership opportunities at other branches in the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA family. Financial assistance is available for youth and families with a demonstrated need.
Click here for a list of all YMCA locations that are part of the Central Connecticut Coast branch network.
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. In an effort to support partner agencies, ACS–Y Office also houses Supportive Housing Works, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness and New Haven Home Recovery. Case management and client group sessions supported by grants and ACS-Y Strong Kids Campaign funds are also conducted at this site.
Alpha Community Services YMCA provides case management services to all its clients. Case Managers provide support and crisis intervention for the residents. They link residents both adult and youth to mental health, substance abuse, employment, medical resources, education opportunities and other services in the community. Case Managers assist families toward the path of self-sufficiency.
In addition to offering support services through the case management model, ACS-Y has developed its own programs for tenants living in the shelters: 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, SPLASH, a Water Safety Program, swimming at the Y, arts and crafts activities, educational workshops, Read Across America day, Homework Assistance and Mentoring Programs.
Zoe is a one-year old toddler running for president in 2064. Zoe represents the potential the Y sees in every child. And whether they want to be a teacher, a firefighter or president of the United States, she’s showing that with the Y’s support – all kids have the opportunity to become their best selves.
When you donate to Zoe, you’re donating to your local Y and supporting the programs and services we offer to give kids like Zoe what they need from childhood and throughout their life.
Watch to learn more about Zoe. Change is Coming…Eventually
Through the Safety Around Water program, parents and caregivers will be encouraged to help their children learn fundamental water safety and swimming skills. During the course, child will learn how to respond if they find themselves in unexpected water situations – – from how to reach the water’s surface if they submerge to safely reaching a pool’s edge or exiting any body of water.
For detailed program information, please contact our Aquatics Department or Member Service Team. Class times and locations vary by program and Y Branch.
Idle hands can be dangerous tools. But give idle hands something to do, a place to go, a purpose – and they’re capable of amazing things. Watch:
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being. Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58%, and 71% in adults over the age of 60. Click Here to find out if you qualify. To get a feeling for the class and more information about the program, watch this video.