The Allentown Warming Station
The Y took over operation of Allentown’s Warming Station in 2018, after volunteer-run efforts were not sustainable. Before this time, the Station had moved from several locations and organizations in just a few years. When no other local organization could take on this program, the Y had the capacity, knowledge and space to do so. In partnership with the City of Allentown, Lehigh County, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, and fortified by an anonymous donor who pledged $200,000 to make the project happen, the Y took on this project. We renovated our Allentown Branch first floor space, hired a team, developed operational plans and trainings, and got ready to operate our first Warming Station season in just ten short weeks. The 2020-2021 Season is the Y’s third year of Warming Station operation.
The Y's Warming Station provides shelter, food and a safe place for those experiencing homelessness in our community. November 1 through April 30, the Allentown Y opens its doors nightly from 7pm - 7am to provide this critical service for our neighbors. Warming Station guests find themselves greeted with kindess. The Allentown Branch’s Warming Station provides a safe place to sleep and a dignified sense of community for neighbors in need. The Y also serves healthy, prepared meals on Tuesdays through Fridays to Warming Station guests.
If you or someone you know if looking for more information about staying at the Warming Station, click here.
The Y is grateful for in-kind donations that allow us to meet the tangible needs of those who make use of the Warming Station. If you would like to support, please visit our Amazon Wish List to purchase the items we need most. Orders from this list will be delivered directly to the Warming Station.
Financial donors help build the foundation for the Y's programs and initiatives. It's because of generosity like this that the Warming Station's existance is possible. If you would like to offer a financial gift and make the Warming Station sustainable for years to come, text GVYMCA to 41444 or visit gv-ymca.org/donate.
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Households across our community have different needs so we offer a variety of membership types. Each of our locations offer many different programs, schedules, and classes therefore offerings and fees may vary by branch.
Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. At The Y, no child, family or adult is turned away due to an inability to pay.
Financial assistance awards are assessed on a case by case basis during a one-on-one, confidential session with a staff member. Those interested in applying for our financial assistance program are encouraged to download this form in English or download this form in Spanish, or stop in to any of our branches to learn more and pick up an application.