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YMCA Community Initiatives

Community Initiatives

Strengthening the foundation of our community.

When someone in our community is facing difficult times YMCA Community Initiatives works diligently to provide the necessary resources and supports they need to move forward in a positive direction.

Landlord Mini Seminars

This month's Landlord Seminar focuses on Fire Prevention, Electrical Safety, Energy Savings Tips/Rebates and Planning and Building Considerations.

Date: April 4, 2018 - CANCELLED - Will be rescheduled at a later date
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library, 824 1st Ave. W., Owen Sound.


Date: April 26, 2018
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Walkerton Public Library - 253 Durham Street, Walkerton

We hope you will join us for this informative evening where you can ask questions and learn from the professionals. 
Please RSVP by Wednesday March 28, 2018 to Rebecca Carr at 519-371-9230 or

Admission is free; we ask that you please bring a non-perishable food item or small appliance for donation.

Workshops for Youth

Check out our new Youth Workshops Calendar. Workshop topics include Crime Prevention, The Real Cost of Living, Cyberbullying Prevention, Risks of Substance abuse and so much more. Don't froget, we also offer workshops for youth looking for employment. Click here to view the youth workshop calendar.

Housing Services

YMCA Housing Services works to prevent, address, and reduce homelessness in our community. Working with other services and supports across Grey and Bruce Counties, we assist youth (aged 16+) and adults who are homeless, or facing homelessness, to find safe, affordable, long-term housing in Grey Bruce.

Community Justice

The YMCA works with Crown Attorneys and Police Services throughout Grey and Bruce Counties to deliver community based programming for youth and adults involved in minor criminal offences. These programs are offered on a referral basis from the Courts or Police Services.

Youth in Transition Worker Program (YITW)

YITW offers support to young adults as they transition out of the child welfare system into independent living. A Youth in Transition Worker will help the young adult identify and pursue personal goals, connect with community supports and promote healthy lifestyle choices.

Youth Gambling Awareness Program (YGAP)

Together with the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion, the YMCA believes educational awareness raising programs are essential to enhancing personal development and creating healthier communities. Through fun interactive workshops YGAP provides youth with information that will help them make their own informed choices around gambling and other high-risk behaviours.