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Alpha Community Services YMCA provides shelter to homeless family

Single father Amir Laforest, of Bridgeport, said he and his children were left homeless after being evicted from their apartment.

News 12 Staff

Dec 25, 2022, 11:15 PM

Updated 543 days ago

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The Alpha Community Services YMCA is helping a family who had been homeless for months.
Single father Amir Laforest, of Bridgeport, said he and his children were left homeless after being evicted from their apartment.
Now the Laforest family is staying at the Brooks Street emergency family shelter run by Alpha Community Services YMCA.
“If you're in a predicament, this is an awesome place to be,” he said.
Hannah Smith, a social worker at the center, says it's important for people to know that homeless families are welcome during this cold weather period.
“If anybody is in need of shelter, they are welcome to call 211," she said. "211 will direct them to Brook Street where they are able to stay if they are a family."
Smith says the atmosphere is warm and welcoming, with presents under the Christmas tree for every child.
Community activist Tony Barr strongly encourages families in need to get to shelters like Alpha Community Services’.
"We are trying to get you off the street -- but you have to help! You can't just not want to go to a homeless shelter,” he said. "You have to want to get out of the streets."
Laforest says going to the shelter was ultimately a good decision for his family. Within a matter of days, he says he and his children will be in their own apartment, thanks to help the center provided.
"If I didn't have this, I don't know what I would be doing,” he said.


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