The Y is Here to Help
The Warming Station operation November 15th - April 15th for the 2023-2024 Season.
The Y's Warming Station provides shelter, food, and a safe place for those experiencing homelessness in our community.
The Warming Station is open to welcome guests from November 15th through April 15th. Our doors are open each night from 7:00 pm - 7:00 am (Intake hours: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm) to provide this critical service for our neighbors.
Our Warming Station guests will always find themselves greeted with kindness and a safe place to sleep. 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 suppers seven days a week to our Warming Station guests.
There are many, valuable ways to support the Warming Station.
Volunteers are needed throughout the winter to help run our Warming Station. Prior notice is required to volunteer, Please contact: Mike Macharsky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Intake (6:30 pm-10:00 pm)
- Custodial (7:00 am-10:00 am)
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 donate items to the Warming Station, please visit our Amazon Wish List to purchase the items we need. 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 is because of generosity like this that the Warming Station's existence is possible. If you would like to offer a financial gift and make the Warming Station sustainable for years to come, then please visit gv-ymca.org/donate.
History of the Allentown Warming Station
The Y took over operation of the 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 ground 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 2023-2024 Season is the Y’s Sixth year of Warming Station operation.
2018-2023 Five-Year Impact Report
Review our 2018-2023 Warming Station Impact Report here.
Bill Sugra Memorial Fund
Cedar Crest College of Nursing
The Charles H. Hoch Foundation
City Center Group (formerly City Center Allentown)
City of Allentown
Conference of Churches - Daybreak
County of Lehigh
The Donald B and Dorothy L Stabler Foundation
Downtown AllentownCommunity Development Initiative Fund of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation
Faith Presbyterian Church of Emmaus
First Presbyterian Church of Allentown
Lehigh Conference of Churches
Lehigh Mission District
PPL Services Corporation
Ripple Community INC
St. Ann's Church
Slyvia Perkin Perpetual Charitable Trust
The Harry C. Trexler Trust
Valley Health Partners (formerly LVHN's Street Medicine)
Join the Y
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.