YMCA of Greater Houston to begin phased reopening June 1
HOUSTON, TX – YMCA of Greater Houston President and CEO, Stephen Ives, has released the following statement regarding Houston-area YMCA phased reopenings.
We are excited to announce that the YMCA of Greater Houston will reopen a limited number of facilities for fitness-related services beginning June 1 as part of the organization’s phased opening approach. As the Y’s commitment to the community, the organization will not draft member dues for the month of June while the phased approach is being implemented. All active members whether on hold or contributing will be welcomed back. The Y is grateful to the members who have opted into contributions in support of our response efforts.
The Y will release additional details the week of May 18 regarding locations, amenities and youth programs, including summer camps, that will reopen in phase one. Additionally, we will share more information about our phased approach, enhanced safety measures based on any updated guidelines and an estimated timeline for further reopening announcements.
While the Y may look a little different when we reopen, the spirit remains the same. We are grateful for everyone’s patience and overwhelming support during this time and look forward to welcoming back members and our community beginning June 1. In the meantime, we encourage members and the community to stay connected and engaged through the virtual YMCA platform that offers exercise classes, activities for kids and families, and opportunities for connection.
The YMCA continues to provide critical services in the community with weekly food distributions, child care for essential personnel and social services for senior citizens. As of May 14, the YMCA distributed almost 3 million lbs. of food, serving 285,000 individuals, and cared for more than 600 children at 19 sites designed for child care for essential personnel. The Y had served over 12,000 seniors through wellness checks, comfort card deliveries and meals on wheels services. As the Y continues to update its virtual platform with new content, more than 167,100 individuals have accessed the resource.
Ongoing updates about reopening plans can be found on the YMCA of Greater Houston website www.ymcahouston.org, Facebook @YMCAHouston and Instagram @YMCAHouston.
Founded in 1886, today the Y remains committed to the health of more than half a million people in Greater Houston who learn, grow and thrive through programs and services at our 25 centers. Strengthening community is our cause. Together, we connect active, engaged Greater Houston Area residents to build a better us.