The Mission of Crossroads YMCA
Lake County faces new challenges that create a greater need than ever for the work we do every day. Fortunately, where some see obstacles, we see opportunities for our members, volunteers and staff to make a difference.
At the YMCA we serve over 600 kids daily or over 250,000 hours of contact with Pre-K enrichment through our learning centers and preschool programs. Our goal is to make sure ALL KIDS have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. In 2019 to date we have provided over $45,000 in assistance and see that number growing as our facilities grow and program offerings increase.
Today 6 in 10 children ages 9-15 contemplate suicide, and 1 in 3 are overweight or obese. Kids need a safe place to learn, grow, and thrive. Through our before and after school programs, summer day camp programs, youth sports, and STEAM programming over 3,000 kids spend 1,000’s of hours trying new activities, build self-confidence and positive friendships that will help keep them on the right path.
In 2019 we will have provided financial assistance to over 6,000 kids, families, and adults who cannot afford memberships and programs. This could be due to a job loss, a single parent, seniors on a fixed income or a family with one income and kids at home, or a serious medical condition.
On the other side of the spectrum as we age we also want to enjoy good health, positive friendships and new experiences. Indiana ranks 34 out of 50 states in risk factors associated with senior isolation. These factors include social roles, social networks, and strong support networks. At the YMCA we help provide just that through our many programs, member services and activities. A positive/safe community where people can develop long-lasting friendships and be healthy and active. From our low impact slimnastics classes to water arthritis classes, social clubs like pot lucks, book clubs, and senior trips we help connect seniors and reduce those factors associated with isolation. Currently we have over 2,000 members over age 65 that take advantage of these programs and activities.
We have started a partnership with local school districts, Safety Around Water initiative, which focuses on our second and third graders teaching them critical skills that will help reduce drowning through our pre and post water skills tests. Our goal is to support over 6,000 kids in 2020 and expand our Safety Around water program to 4 additional school sites.
Our Income Based Financial Assistance program has helped over 6,000 kids, families, and adults afford a membership to help support a healthy lifestyle through our group fitness classes, Start Smart program, senior classes, and many youth programs that help support families and individual health.