Mission: It is the mission of the ymca of greater houston to put judeo-christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. See schedule o.
Programs: Healthy livingparticipants: 376,830 facility membersfacilities: 37 in greater houston areaassistance provided to participants in the form of fee reductions: $5,001,085see schedule o for additional information.
youth developmentparticipants: 237,961programs include ymca child care (after school, early childhood, infant care and middle school), ymca parent/child (adventure guides, family camp, healthy family home, and other family events), ymca swim, sports & play (aquatics, youth sports, and camping services). Assistance provided to participants in the form of fee reductions: $3,771,290see schedule o for additional information.
social responsibilityparticipants: 141,623programs include ymca caring community centers (afterschool program with enrichment activities, summer programs, core programs, and social service programs), ymca residences, ymca international services, ymca active older adults, ymca special populations, ymca employment development and training, and ymca operation backpack. Assistance provided to participants in the form of fee reductions: $2,143,716see schedule o for additional information.
Senior citizens become persona-non-grata at the Weekley Y. Recently our evening water aerobics class was eliminated. In addition, the events and attitudes that led up to cutting this 10 year old program made many of us feel marginalized and discriminated against. We have a brand new pool that no one uses, while the one we use is taken away. I blame poor planning, and a lack of sensitivity for the aging for the demise of this much need program.
My family has been members or employees of the YMCA and YWCA for over 90 years. Although the “Y” is a non-profit, we like to have reasonably nice facilities. Fundamentally nothing is free. Ys cost money to operate. Those that pay nothing to use the facilities often don’t take care of the facilities because they have no vested interest. Each the summer our local Y pool becomes a real cesspool. Overcrowded, and utterly revolting. Those that create the situation are freeloaders. As a devote Christian I am all about charity… for those that respect the gift and themselves contribute labor where possible. The Y should not simply be a dumping ground for ill behaved children while their mother takes off to visit a “friend”.