We base our work on the premise that each and every person needs to feel loved and the need to feel worthy. Of course people also need to have to have their basic needs met in order to then more to higher order needs. YMCA provides basic shelter and nourishment to its clients and then we work on instilling in them a sense of hope for the future.
This is done by not focusing on the past but on working on what they want. Our clients are helped to assess their current behaviour and to see whether those actions will lead them to the fulfillment of their wants. It is thus why the past does not matter but there is more focus on the present and the future.
In this way, people also start to realize that they have control over their lives and are not victims of outside events or of the past but are active scriptwriters and actors in the development of their lives.
YMCA's base is in Valletta.
YMCA operates from two centres. The premises in Merchants' Street are a drop-in
centre, where people with difficulties can visit with the aim of being helped.
Dar Niki Cassar, also in Valletta is a shelter for people who are homeless.
YMCA offer the following services: psychotherapy, social work,
youth work, advocacy in psycho-social factors such as housing, legal matters,
matrimony and counselling.
YMCA also assists disadvantaged groups
and individuals in the allocation of food, clothing and furniture which would
have been donated by the general public.
The interventions we use
are thus multi-faceted and depend on a variety of factors, including the person,
one's needs, the context, their particular situation and our resources. Having
different professionals co-ordinating this work is a strength, which we use
in order to help our clients.
The philosophy of YMCA Malta is
conformant with the international stance, but has added on some factors,
which make it conformant with the local environment. It states that there
should be focus and attention to the body, mind and spirit of the person.
We believe that we have to work to create a trusting environment
and we also have to help the person to discover what one really wants, to
reflect on what one is doing in the present and to create a new plan to
fulfill what they want in an effective way in the future and on a long-term