Here, people feel good, like themselves.
We live in a time when social cohesion is fragile. The news reminds us every day that people, groups and communities are suffering from conflicts and difficult social circumstances. More than ever, we must work towards creating a climate of fairness, inclusion, empathy and respect.
Losing your job. Bankruptcy. Domestic violence... Anyone can end up on the streets. It doesn’t take much. And it happened to Daniel L., Daniel F. and Jo Redwitch, who go to the Y to play sports for free. At the Y, they can get help with their social reintegration without being judged. It’s a place where people listen to them. With respect.
“The Y allows us to build ourselves up again without being judged.” Daniel L.
“I feel calmer. Because I’m not getting into trouble, it’s better for society, and better for myself.” Daniel F.
"I think that if we had more places like this, we would have a lot less people on the street." Jo Redwitch
By supporting us, you’re investing in values like inclusion, kindness and respect, and you’re making our programs more accessible to our fellow citizens, regardless of their age, origin, religion, sexual orientation or income.
participants who could not otherwise afford our activities and services saw their lives change thanks to financial assistance from the YMCA totalling $1.16M.
people who were homeless or at risk of being homeless got help to turn their lives around or were referred to the appropriate resources.
asylum seekers stayed at the YMCA Residence and found the support they needed to start a new life.