The YMCA has been a part of Houston for over 130 years. These are unprecedented times for our city, our nation and the world, and today, our commitment to the health and well-being of our city is stronger than ever. As we navigate the impact of COVID-19, the Y is working to find solutions to critical needs today and helping us all emerge from this pandemic stronger tomorrow. We remain steadfast in our shared desire to open our centers as soon and as safely as possible.
Together, we will come out of this stronger. And when we emerge from this crisis, we look forward to welcoming you and your family back through our doors.
HERE FOR COMMUNITY: Learn how the support of our members and our community has enabled us to provide important and necessary services to respond to the most critical needs in our community.
COMMUNITY RESOURCE CONNECTION
The Y is responding to the changing needs of our communities by collaborating with organizations across Houston to address food insecurity, close gaps in resources for Seniors, and provide an up-to-date list of resources for anyone in our Houston community.
ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL CHILD CARE
We are honored to provide essential personnel child care for children of emergency first responders, medical personnel, city/county staff responding to the crisis, and other essential front-line staff, such as grocery and pharmacy employees.
SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
During this time of the COVID-19 global health pandemic and economic crises, we strive to ensure the Y is here to help anyone in our community reach their fullest potential with dignity and love. Our Y is flexing to offer access to childcare for families of emergency service providers and healthcare personnel, food distribution to those in need in partnership with the Houston Food Bank, and devoted services for vulnerable populations including Seniors and immigrants.
As the Y, this is who we are – we work to stand up for those we care about when our community needs us most.
Many across the Houston area lack access and resources for food. Distribution sites fill a critical need for so many: children who depend on school provided meals, elderly people, people with diverse abilities, immigrants and refugees who rely on social services, and our neighbors who have a reduced or limited household income. The YMCA has partnered with the Houston Food Bank, Montgomery County Food Bank, Fort Bend County Brighter Bites and other partners to provide critical food and supplies to thousands of families at 5 Opportunity Centers and numerous distribution sites throughout the city.
If you are an individual or organization that would like to partner with the Y to support these efforts, please email CommunityCare@ymcahouston.org.
Comfort Cards for Active Seniors
With a growing concern for isolated senior citizens, and spring break plans being canceled, many students and families were at home without schoolwork, looking for a creative way to lend a helping hand in ‘being alone together.’ As a result of organizations and the community coming together, the Trotter Family YMCA and Weekley Family YMCA have been able to provide more than 1,000 carefully crafted comfort cards to their local active senior adult members with a goal of delivering 5,000 cards.
Want to join in on the kindness? Please create your own inspirational comfort cards and place them in the collection box at the Trotter Family YMCA and Weekley Family YMCA locations.
We continue to share resources to keep our members and our community connected. Live activities, virtual workouts and fun, educational resources for families keep us active and engaged while we're apart.