Community Stepping in to Save Y.M.C.A.

May 7, 2009 1:17:41 PM PDT
They want to ask the city and the community to step in to help save the "Y". It's about $500,000 dollars in debt, and will likely close unless it can come up with the money.Y.M.C.A. officials said many young people depend on the facility and it helps keep them out of trouble.

John Shehadey, Y.M.C.A. Board Chairman said, "It's a higher crime area, low economics, there are a lot of minority folks that need help. Most of the health clubs moved north where the money is, downtown, this is it."

Club members proposed a Y.M.C.A city partnership, because of its close proximity to facilities like the Courthouse and City Hall. The "Y.M.C.A." has until Friday to present a plan to its national board.

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