Glad I ran across this review so I could set things straight. I was a member of the YWCA back in 2009 when they closed. I do not know what MaryK is talking about but she obviously did not know what was going on. The YWCA was holding town hall meetings for a year telling members of their financial issues and even held a small telephone campaign. When they did make the decision to close their doors the staff was informed well in advance. Most importantly, every single member of that organization received a full refund for their remaining membership including me. It is a shame MaryK has to write false information on such an important site. I remain a donor of this agency and find their transformation to an efficient, mission-driven organization to be an incredible accomplishment. Sometime organizations are faced with tough decisions and this one made those decisions, turned things around and are now providing vital programs to women living in poverty. It is now 2015, lets move forward and focus on what matters and that is the people the YWCA serves. I highly encourage all prospective donors to view the YWCA website to see what programs and services they provide. They also have completed a wonderful report called The Economic Status of Women in the Great Lakes Bay Region that is getting a lot of attention. www.ywcaglbr.org
My husband and I joined the YWCA because of its good price and for the fitness center. We renewed our membership in Dec of 2008 and they closed the building in January of 2009 without a word of explanation or a refund. We filled out a form to receive our money back--prorated but no one that I know of has received a penny and worse yet the board president has NO COMMENT and stonewalls any attempt to find out what exactly happened. The Executive director left town right after the closing. Whether it was outright fraud or mismanagement no one knows but the public has the right to know from a non-profit organization.