YMCA
Adrienne Bale
Manager, Immigrant Services

vanymca.org

The YMCA is a cause-driven charity—a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages and abilities joined together by a shared commitment: to strengthen community.  We accomplish this goal by helping vulnerable children and families, promoting healthy living and reducing isolation.  The YMCA serves more than 110,000 children, youth, adults, families and seniors become stronger through life-enhancing programs and services. The YMCA of Greater Vancouver has been serving the Lower Mainland for 128 years and currently offers programs at 178 locations.

Approximately 50% of people in the Lower Mainland do not feel a strong sense of belonging in the community. Isolation, disconnection, and lack of community connections prevent people from accessing services that could help break this cycle. The YMCA is committed to helping create communities where people know their neighbours, respect diversity and share a sense of social responsibility. We want families to thrive, reach their full potential and to see everyone in our communities experience better health in spirit, mind and body. Services for new immigrant and refugee families are a critical part of developing healthy communities and the Surrey LIP project helps this work be most effective.