YMCA OF GREENVILLE AND HUNT COUNTY TO CLOSE Facility and Programs to Cease Operations Dec. 30, 2017


GREENVILLE, TEXAS (Dec. 20, 2017)—The YMCA of Greenville and Hunt County announced today that it will cease all operations, including its facility on Stanford Street in Greenville, on Dec. 30, 2017. The YMCA intends to dissolve as an organization.


“This is a very difficult time for everyone associated with our Y,” said Troy Brakefield, chief volunteer officer of the local YMCA. “We instituted changes, but unfortunately, we have not been able to generate financial resources necessary to sustain our YMCA over the long term.”


Fundraising efforts have not generated enough resources, membership and program participation are declining, and the YMCA lacks the capital to make needed facility repairs and improvements.

The YMCA of Greenville and Hunt County served approximately 3,000 members in 2017. Two full-time staff and 20 part-time staff will end employment due to the YMCA’s closing.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas will assume the operation of the afterschool program in Greenville and Sulphur Springs starting Jan. 3, 2018. Both Ys are working together to find a new site for the afterschool program currently held at the Greenville Y. “We are grateful this much-needed program will continue,” said Brakefield. “The YMCA of Metro Dallas has an exceptional program, and our current afterschool staff will continue in their positions as employees of the Dallas Y.”

Holiday camp for children ages 5 to 12 will proceed as scheduled Dec. 27–29 and Jan. 2-3. Stop by the Y for more information or visit www.greenvilleymca.org.

“Our YMCA has had the privilege of serving the children, families and communities of Gainesville for 122 years,” Brakefield said. “We are grateful for the support we have received from our members, participants, volunteers, donors, and partners. The board also wants to thank Christa Compton and her staff team. They have done everything in their power to keep our YMCA going. We deeply regret the closing of the Y for all the people involved.”

YMCA of Greenville and Hunt County, Texas

Questions and Answers about the Y closing

Q. Is the YMCA closing? Why?

Yes. For 122 years the YMCA has served the community. Such a rich legacy is to be treasured and celebrated. Unfortunately, a lack of financial resources in operational revenue and contributed revenue offers no viable alternative but to act responsibly and close.

Q. Is any of this a result of poor fiscal stewardship or fiscal management? There are always things that could have been done differently or better. We are now focused on the future and our afterschool program that will continue in the community. We have the full support of our volunteer board. Q. Is the YMCA selling the building?

Yes. We are in the process of contacting and working with a realtor to sell the Y on Stanford Street.

Q. What are you going to do with the equipment? Much of the equipment is leased, so it will be returned to the company that owns it. Q. Are other YMCAs closing, too? The YMCA of Greenville and Hunt County situation is unique and is not reflective of the 2,700 YMCAs throughout America.

Q. When is the last day? Dec. 30, 2017. Thank you for staying with us until the very end and supporting our mission through the years. Q. Is my membership good at another YMCA?

No, unfortunately there is not another YMCA in the area.




Q. As a working parent of young children in need of child care what do I do now?

The care of your children is a top priority for the YMCA. It is vitally important to us that we provide you with an alternative. The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas will assume supervision of the afterschool program. We are committed to a seamless transition. Dallas Y staff members are meeting with school administrators and are hiring the Greenville Y childcare staff. You and your child should not see any major changes when school and the program begin in January.


Q. Will I have afterschool care in January?

Yes. We are working with the school system and the YMCA in Dallas to continue providing this vital service. The Dallas Y will oversee the program effective Jan. 1, 2018. Their afterschool directors are meeting with school administrators as soon as they can.

Q. Will the rate I pay change?

We do not anticipate any changes at this time.

Q. Will my child’s and our family contact information be transferred automatically? Because we do not share your personal information, you will have to re-register your child, so the Dallas Y has your most current contact information. We will let you know the next steps to ensure a smooth transition.

Q. How will the Dallas Y contact me?

We would like to provide your email and mailing address to the Dallas YMCA, so they may contact you directly. We will get your permission to do so in advance.

Q. Will my child’s counselor/site director change?

The Dallas YMCA will re-hire our current afterschool program staff. No matter where your child attends the afterschool program starting Jan. 3, you should not see any major changes.

Q. What about the afterschool program at the Greenville Y?

We are working with the school system and Dallas Y to find an alternate site for the program. We will keep you informed of our progress. Q. What if I have more questions?

Please contact Suzana Delgado-Gray at the Dallas YMCA, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Q. What if I have given money to the Y?

We appreciate your generous support. All contributed funds were used for the intended purpose.

Dear YMCA Extra Innings Afterschool Parent,

We are saddened to inform you the YMCA of Greenville and Hunt County is ceasing operations. Our YMCA on Stanford Street will close permanently Dec. 30, 2017.

We have made many cutbacks to maintain our organization. Unfortunately, our fundraising efforts are not as robust as needed and our operations income is dwindling. We do not have the financial resources required to keep the doors open or make necessary facility repairs and improvements. We simply are not in a position to sustain our operations over the long term.

The bright spot in this closing is the afterschool program will continue without interruption. The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas will assume the operation of the program, effective January 1, 2018. The Dallas Y has a track record of exceptional youth programs and has deep childcare expertise. Their program is viewed as a model for YMCAs around the country. More than 6,630 students participated in their afterschool programs in 2016.

Staff members at the Dallas Y are committed to a seamless transition. Currently, they are meeting with school administrators. YMCA of Greenville and Hunt County afterschool staff will be rehired by the Dallas Y before the end of the year, so you should not see any changes in the daily program.

In addition, we will hold holiday camp Dec. 27-29 and Jan. 2-3. Please contact us if you have questions about this program.

Because we do not share your personal information, you will have to re-register your child, so the Dallas Y has your current contact information. You will be notified of the next steps to ensure a smooth transition. If you have questions, please contact Suzana Delgado-Gray at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We are working with the Dallas Y to find an alternate location for students attending Extra Innings at the Greenville YMCA. For those parents and students, we will notify you immediately upon finalizing the new site.

We are happy this vital youth development and enrichment program will continue in our community. We regret the impact the Y closing will have on our members, program participants, staff, and volunteers, in particular.

We are grateful for your continuing support and wish you all the best during the holidays and for the coming year.

Sincerely,


Troy Brakefield

Chair Volunteer Officer

YMCA of Greenville and Hunt County

Curt Hazelbaker

Chief Executive Officer 

YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas