The Y is Here to Help

The Warming Station is now open for the 2022-2023 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 1 through April 30.  Our doors are open each night from 7:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. to provide this critical service for our neighbors.


Our Warming Station guests will always find themselves greeted with kindness. 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 Mondays through Fridays 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.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Opening (6:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.)
  • Intake (6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.)
  • Food (6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.)
  • Closing (1:15 a.m.-7:30 a.m.)
  • Outtake (5:00 a.m.-7:30 a.m.)
  • Custodial (7:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.)

Contact Tim Larney at to volunteer your time to support our guests.



We're Hiring!

Join the Y team to support our Warming Station work. Your help is needed to provide care and services to our fellow neighbors in our community. 


Contact Tim Larney for employment opportunities:



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 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 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


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 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 2021-2022 Season is the Y’s fourth year of Warming Station operation.


2021-2022 Season Impact Report 

Review our 2021-2022 Warming Station Impact Report here.

Community Partners

The Y Team and our Warming Station guests extend our sincere gratitude to community partners and donors like the ones listed below who make this important resource a reality.
Allentown Police Department

Anonymous Donor

Bombas Socks

The Charles H. Hoch Foundation

City Center Allentown

City of Allentown

County of Lehigh

First Presbyterian Church of Allentown

Faith Presbyterian Church of Emmaus

Lehigh Mission District

PPL Foundation

St. Ann's Church

The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation

The Harry C. Trexler Trust


Stay Connected

Stay up-to-date with the latest Warming Station information via our Facebook page.


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.


Please select a branch near you for more information


Greater Valley YMCA Membership Handbook

Financial Assistance


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.

Program Registration


To register for member and non-member programs, please use our secure Online Registration.

Our Mission  |  To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.