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The YMCA of Cumberland Community Development department works to improve YMCAs capacity to support the needs of our community, with a focus on homelessness prevention and food security. 

Homelessness Prevention and Outreach 

The Homelessness Prevention and Outreach Program (HPOP) is a program that assists individuals and families with access to secure housing. This includes housing placement and eviction prevention. For more information or program access, contact

Ellen Gaudet, Diversion Support Worker at 902-669-0578 or email ellen.gaudet@cumberland.ymca.ca

Food Security

Community Kitchen:

 A weekly meal program offered every Wednesday from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Everyone welcome, free-will offerings are excepting to help with the continuity of this program.

Youth Outreach

Youth Gambling Awareness Program

The YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness Program (YGAP) is a free service offering educational prevention programs/workshops to youth as well as adults involved in young people’s lives on gambling awareness, which includes: potential risks; making informed decisions; financial literacy; video games/media; and healthy and active living.

Through these education workshops, we will:

-Provide those in the community with accurate information about gaming and gambling

-Assist in accessing community resources and supports that are available

-Provide youth with the tools and skills they need to make informed decisions in all aspects of life

For more information on the program or to book a workshop, contact Monica Gibbons, Youth Outreach Worker via email at monica.gibbons@cumberland.ymca.ca or phone 902-661-1013.

You can also follow the Cumberland Gambling Awareness Program on your favorite social media apps.

Donate today!

As a charity, the YMCA of Cumberland is able to continue these programs thanks to donations from individuals and businesses. Donate today, here. You can also mail a cheque to PO Box 552, Amherst, NS B4H4A1 or visit our membership services desk.