ReConnect Street Intervention Program video - 2018

What is the need?

At least 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness annually. At least 150,000 Canadians a year use a homeless shelter.

Many people think homelessness is a big city issue. The reality is homelessness takes many forms, from those who are absolutely without any place to call home (and many people in Greater Moncton are, indeed, sleeping in doorways, in shelters, under bridges) to the so-called ‘hidden homeless’ — young people, for example, who ‘couch surf’ from one friend’s place to another, to those who are living in unsafe, unaffordable housing.

A major study carried out in Canada in 2007 found that poverty is the leading cause of homelessness in Canada and that roughly half of all Canadians believe they might be poverty-stricken if they missed one or two paycheques.

What is the Y doing to help?

The ReConnect Street Intervention Program is one of many community initiatives delivered by the YMCA of Greater Moncton.

When the local Y established ReConnect in collaboration with community partners in 2001, the program was developed to do more than just meet the short-term, ‘hand-out’ needs of those on the street, needs such as food or shelter. It was also designed to make a difference in the longer term, by helping youth, adults and seniors who are homeless or at risk of being homeless connect with appropriate community resources, giving those individuals a supportive ‘hand up’ to potentially improve their lives. 

YMCA ReConnect workers continue to deliver immediate support where needed, such as emergency food, clothing and hygiene products. As well, they contribute longer-term aid, connecting individuals with community and/or government resources in the areas of housing, education, employment and counselling. 

In 2017, 307 new clients accessed YMCA ReConnect services, an increase of 20% from 2016. YMCA ReConnect also conducted 2,416 street level interventions, representing a 50% increase from 2016. Meanwhile, visits to its drop-in centre totalled 5,758.

YMCA ReConnect is client-centered. Its core services include:

• identifying and approaching vulnerable or at-risk individuals;

• referring and accompanying these individuals to the appropriate resources (food bank, emergency shelter, legal support, etc.);  

• offering psychological support (short-term and emergency interventions);

• helping individuals find more secure housing or an environment that is more favourable to their social reintegration.

What can YOU do to help?

With your help, YMCA ReConnect will continue to serve our community and provide a safe place for individuals and families who need a ‘hand up’ to connect, feel a sense of belonging, rebuild their trust in people and find services that can help them.

We accept cash and in-kind donations such as gift cards, non-perishable food items, bus passes and hygiene products. Donations can be made as a one-time contribution or as planned installments.

$50 provides a client with government-issued identification, which enables them to access social assistance or to open a bank account.

$250 helps the client to secure affordable and safe housing.

$2,500 provides computers for clients to conduct searches for employment, housing or prepare a resume.

$10,000 ensures YMCA staff remain front-line offering support to clients living in challenging situations.

Office Hours of Operation:
Private appointments are available by appointment Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling 856-4362.
Drop-In Hours of Operation:
Drop-in services are available at ReConnect from Monday to Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. (temporary hours)