Athol YMCA grant for renovations to Men's Residence Center will increase capacity

  • Athol Area YMCA

Published: 11/7/2018 11:12:53 AM

WORCESTER — The Athol Area YMCA has received a $68,000 grant from The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts for renovations to its Men's Residence Center to increase its capacity to provide stable and affordable short-term and long-term housing.  The renovations will increase the number of rooms, update bathroom facilities, and install a kitchen and laundry area.

The grant was one of 15 Activation Fund grants recently awarded by the Foundation totaling over $1,000,000.

“The goal of the Activation Fund is to enable an organization to move to a higher level of capacity and to then continue to function at that higher level after the grant ends,” noted Dr. Jan Yost, President and CEO of the Foundation.  “This grant will help the Athol Area YMCA in providing much-needed housing and services for men in need, and the Foundation is pleased to support this effort,” Yost added.

The other grants awarded include:

NEADS World Class Service Dogs —$60,544 to purchase a new handicap accessible van to be used to safely transport clients and service dogs/puppies for training and veterinary care.

YWCA of Central Massachusetts — $95,000 for the addition of a Pre-Kindergarten classroom to increase its pre-school student capacity and enhance its preschool STEM programming to meet the demand for quality childcare in Worcester, especially for underserved children.

Genesis Club of Worcester — $50,000 to collaborate with Open Sky Community Services to coordinate care for individuals with serious mental illness who are eligible for the Central Community Health Partnership, a community partner approved to work with MassHealth Accountable Care Organizations.

Catholic Charities of Worcester County — $75,000 for the installation of a fire suppression system and an ADA-compliant bathroom as part of renovations to open a 20-bed substance abuse recovery home for unaccompanied women in Leominster.

Community Health Connections — $100,000 to create an in-house dental prosthetics laboratory to increase access and training opportunities in the Fitchburg area.

World Farmers — $99,805 for the construction of a mill house to house a commercial-grade food mill for immigrant and refugee farmers to produce milled value-added products for personal consumption and for sale.

The SHINE Initiative — $57,000 to promote mental health education through enhancements to its website and the development of social media tools to increase scalability for its programs related to mental health and wellness for youth and adults.

Riverside Community Care — $100,000 to construct new offices to house four additional child clinicians to increase access to mental health services for children and adolescents in South Central Massachusetts.

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester — $30,000 to support its Critical Home Repair program which repairs homes for low-to-moderate income seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and their families.

Jeremiah's Inn — $100,000 for furnishings and fixtures for a Massachusetts Alliance of Sober Housing certified sober housing program being launched in Worcester.

The Foundation was established in 1999 with the proceeds from the sale of Central Massachusetts Health Care, Inc., a physician-initiated, not-for-profit HMO.The Foundation currently has assets of approximately $75 million and has awarded grants totaling $40 million since it began its grantmaking in 2000.  For further information about these grants or about the Foundation’s grantmaking programs and application process, visit The Health Foundation’s website at or call (508) 438-0009.

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