The OLD Colony YMCA is a powerful association of men, women and children committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Old Colony YMCA is guided by four core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility and serve 31 communities in Southeastern Massachusetts with programs for all ages and abilities, designed to build healthy spirits, minds and bodies. Old Colony Y is one of the largest human service providers in Southeastern Massachusetts, serving over 140,000 children and families.
Family Services Branch
Old Colony YMCA seeks CDBG funding to provide shelter and housing supports for the most vulnerable and low-income families living in the City of Brockton. The families served by the Old Colony Y David Louison Family Center, Family Life Center, and Bolton Place Family Center are experiencing homelessness, and are at an extremely vulnerable time in their lives. The mission of this program is to assist families through the crisis of homelessness, while providing services that promote a successful transition towards rapid re-housing and overall enhanced family self-sufficiency in the David Jon Louison, Family life, and Bolton Place family Centers.
Camp Massasoit (CM) provides 100 inner-city youth from low-to-moderate income families with safe opportunities for learning and discovery during the critical out-of-school summer period. this program teaches children to creatively use their leisure time. CM also provides the youth with opportunities to develop critical relationship and the skills necessary to learn, grow, and strive. CM will provide a summer recreational outlet for children who live in neighborhoods with elevated crime activity and positive opportunities for social interaction, education, enrichment and leisure activities. CM will offer an environment that fosters opportunities for the development of youth in the areas of self-esteem and confidence, values orientation, health and fitness, appreciation of ethnic and cultural diversity, increased problem-solving skills, discover creativity, the health benefits of the outdoors, and make lasting friendships and memories.
Cosgrove Pool Summer Operations
Operating the Cosgrove Pool is another way the Old Colony YMCA serves the low-income and diverse population in the city. This effort moves beyond the walls of the Y providing opportunities to city residents to find respite from the daily stressors and participate in an open program that supports physical intellectual and spiritual health. The Old Colony YMCA will provide aquatic supervision to the Cosgrove Pool. The pool is located in an area surrounded by low-income families and contains the oldest and densest residential developments. The project will provide inner-city children and adults access to the essential summer activity of swimming.