Housing Supports

Housing First Programs:

As part of the provincial initiative to end homelessness in our province, we are currently offering two Housing First services in Grande Prairie. These programs are offered in collaboration with the City of Grande Prairie and other Housing First providers. The programs provide support to Individuals, couples or families who are experiencing homelessness, or are struggling to sustain their current housing and may be eligible for Housing First Services.

Centralized Assessment, Prevention and Diversion

The focus of Centralized Intake and Assessment is working with the community Housing First delivery agencies to ensure a comprehensive and timely response to people who seek housing supports and services.Centralized Intake and Assessment begins by assessing the eligibility of a person, couple or family for Housing First Services. Staff complete a Triage process with a client using a standard tool... Read more

YMCA Permanent Supportive Housing Services

The YMCA of Northern Alberta began offering two Housing First services in Grande Prairie in collaboration with the Grande Prairie Municipality and other Housing First service providers in the community. The YMCA offers Centralized Intake and Assessment and Prevention and Diversion Services and Permanent Supportive Housing Services. Both programs embrace the Housing First principle that every... Read more


Why does a charity have gyms?

Why would we invest so much time and effort securing donations to build our Health, Fitness and Aquatics centres and then finding and training the fully-qualified staff and volunteers needed for such a massive and ongoing endeavour from which we do not make any profit?

We do it because the YMCA was created to help everyone reach their full potential mentally, emotionally and physically (the gym part). Our mandate to create life-enhancing opportunities for the growth and development of all people speaks to the mind's right to imagine, the body's right to move and the spirit's right to believe in itself. We believe that fulfilling your potential is everyone's right, every person's advantage and everybody's secret weapon.

The YMCA is a legally registered charity, including our gyms, and no one is turned away for the inability to pay. Please do not hesitate to ask at Member Services if you need financial assistance to access any of our facilities (including our 57 Child Care centres or to send a child or youth to one of our Day Camps).

We've been an entirely independent Edmonton charity for 109 years, including our Health, Fitness & Aquatics Centres, Summer Camps and Day Camps, 57 Child Cares, 20 Community Program Centres, 3 Housing Centres and 9 Service and Programs Centres.

We are a legally registered independent charity and we believe in equality of opportunity for all members of the community - regardless of age, race, sex, religion or economic circumstance. Through YMCA Financial Assistance (formerly the Opportunity Fund), our membership and program experience is available to low-income individuals and families in need. Drop in and ask how to get started! If you know anyone who could benefit from this program, please let them know.

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    Housing Support - Grande Prairie

    The YMCA offers a variety of programs aimed at strengthening the foundations of community, from outreach programs to housing support services. For more information, check out our community programs and housing initiatives guide.

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    Bridging the Gap - BTG

    Bridging the Gap (BTG) is a 16-week paid employment readiness program for youth between the ages of 15-30 years. During the 16 weeks we covering career planning, job search skills, resumes and cover letters, life skills, computer training, financial literacy, stress management, job shadowing, personal development, WHMIS and First Aid & CPR certifications. In addition, each participant will receive a 3 month YMCA membership pass.

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    YMCA Strong Kids - Donate Today!

    The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign is the annual campaign to raise funds and awareness of community needs. The campaign funds are used to assist people in gaining access to YMCA programs and services to help improve and enhance their lives. No one is turned away due to the inability to pay!