(Moncton, NB – May 14, 2019) Trevor Goodwin has been named the new director of the YMCA of Greater Moncton’s ReConnect Street Intervention Program and its other outreach services.
“I’m excited to get started as an advocate for our homeless population and look forward to the challenge of continuing the great work ReConnect has been doing since 2001,” says Goodwin, who previously worked for 13 years with Moncton’s Youth Impact Jeunesse, which provides residential and community outreach services for at-risk youth.
Goodwin will take on the role June 3 at the YMCA after a year of significant changes involving the charitable organization’s ReConnect Program.
Last spring, ReConnect’s drop-in centre at 281 St. George St. was dismantled after program staff received a notice for early termination of the building’s lease. Then, in the fall of 2018, ReConnect was called upon to quickly help organize and facilitate Moncton’s first-ever emergency warming shelter. More recently, Lisa Ryan stepped down as ReConnect’s Senior Director of Outreach Services after four years with the YMCA of Greater Moncton, heading to a role with the Greater Moncton Homelessness Steering Committee (GMHSC).
“This type of work sees change on a regular basis so we looked for a new ReConnect director who was confident in dealing with an unpredictable environment,” says Dave Theriault, VP of Programs and Community Initiatives at the YMCA. “Trevor brings a wealth of knowledge about social problems in our community and we’re happy to have him join the team.”
Theriault added that ReConnect staff looks forward to continue working with Lisa Ryan through collaborations with GMHSC and other organizations.
ReConnect provides frontline assistance through outreach to youth and adults who are homeless, at risk of being homeless, and to those living in poverty. Services include helping individuals obtain government-issued identification or damage deposits for rooming houses or NB Housing units; providing assistance navigating Social Assistance; and advocacy to landlords for payment arrangements. More than 4,300 street-level interventions were carried out by ReConnect staff in 2018.