October 20, 2020: Based on the recommendation of Halton Region Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hamidah Meghani, we are temporarily suspending all indoor group fitness classes at the Ron Edwards Family YMCA, effective Wednesday, October 21.
Since 1959, the YMCA has provided clean, safe and affordable transitional housing for more than 170 men in Hamilton’s urban core.
The YMCA Men’s Residence supports men at risk, many facing both health and social challenges. Short-term accommodations are provided on a weekly or monthly basis with 24-hour front desk support, including navigation to critical community support services with key partner agencies.
Amidst the current COVID-19 crisis, the YMCA continues to provide safe and affordable housing for this vulnerable population.
Protecting the health and well-being of the residents, we work closely with local partners at the City of Hamilton to ensure access to daily meals as the men follow physical distancing protocols.
We have also taken measures within the residence to promote and educate the residents on physical distancing and good hygiene practices and enhanced cleaning protocols throughout the Men’s Residence.
Ensuring the safety of the men and YMCA team members who support them has required increased daily investments and added costs of approximately $1,000 per day.
You can help support vulnerable men in our community by making a gift to the YMCA.
Thank you to the City of Hamilton
The YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford would like to thank the City of Hamilton for their support in ensuring food security for our men’s residence. This funding will allow for three meals a day to be delivered to 174 men in residence during this time of business closures. This will allow these individuals to follow physical distancing guidelines and minimize the need to source food externally. YMCA staff are also following heightened sanitation methods surrounding the meal delivery.