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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Services Update

March 20, 2020 - The safety and well-being of our employees, our families, our clients and our communities is of utmost importance to us. After careful consideration, the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce has made the decision to close all Community Initiatives offices to the general public.

Staff from all Community Initiatives programs continue to be accessible to assist you via phone: 519-371-9230, Toll Free: 1-800-275-3711 or email:
Housing Services - housing@osgb.ymca.ca
Youth In Transition Worker Program - yitw@osgb.ymca.ca
Community Justice - justice@osgb.ymca.ca
Youth Gambling Awareness Program - gambling@osgb.ymca.ca

We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as needed. Please continue to watch our Facebook page and website for updates.
 

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.

 

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 forget, 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.