Social Services

As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y was created in response to social challenges and remains to this day a lifeline in communities around the world. The Y understands the challenges that keep individuals from reaching their full potential and responds with services and support which help people to be self-reliant, productive and connected to the community.

Special Needs Programs

The Y understands the challenges that keep individuals from reaching their full potential and responds with services and support which help people to be self-reliant, productive and connected to the community.

Learn more about our Special Needs Programs

Project Stuff a Backpack

We’ve partnered with community schools to collect school supplies for students in grades K-12 who need them. Project Stuff-A-Backpack is a month-long event to collect backpacks and school supplies for low-income families.

Learn more about our Project Stuff a Backpack

Toys for Tots

Families who are struggling with financial difficulties may not be able to afford holiday toys for their children, and kids living in poverty situations can feel left out of a wonderful and uplifting experience that many kids enjoy. Toys for Tots is able to deliver a powerful message of hope and generosity to kids in our community.

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Military Outreach Initiative

In partnership with the Armed Services YMCA and the Department of Defense, the Y is proud to offer memberships and respite child care services to eligible military families and personnel to give them extra support during this difficult period.

Learn more about the Military Outreach Initiative

I Rise Family Empowerment

Funded by grants from the United Way, the I Rise Family Empowerment Program (I Rise) supports working parents with an innovative combination of career and financial coaching, motivational forums and child care support.

Learn more about I Rise Family Empowerment

Detroit Swims

Young people in underserved communities often do not learn the critical water safety and swimming skills to keep them safe, which results in a disproportionate amount of deaths and injuries each year. The Y is working to address this important issue by offering learn-to-swim programs and raising awareness of the importance of water safety in urban communities nationwide.

Learn more about Detroit Swims