- YMCA’s special concern for the marginalised community in Bombay goes back to 1923, when Naigaum was identified for work among the poor and lower middle class Indian Christians.
- This later grew into a full-fledged community service among the industrial workers of all groups. The Social Service Department was created in 1925.
- The welfare work, started among the poor Indian Christians at Naigaum, was later thrown open to all the inhabitants irrespective of caste and creed.
- In order to establish rapport with the people by breaking down barriers of suspicion and strangeness, the YMCA opened a night school and also organised lantern lectures, entertainment programmes and plays.