LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The YMCA is opening Thursday for the Greater Lafayette community's benefit. It's a place where you can get healthy, find childcare, and receive financial support.
The Y is located on Creasy Lane within walking distance from the Ivy Tech community college. News 18 got a look inside with the CEO and President, Paul Cramer, who shares the benefits and partnerships this new space offers.
"We want to give people opportunities," Cramer said. "The Y is a place where we will never turn anybody away."
Instead, this YMCA is structured to help people grow and transform their economic development and well being.
"It's about a vision and when there's a vision then there's a plan," said Cramer. "This is a result of a plan that's taken over 20 years"
And 29 million dollars. The Y is made up of five community partners.
Cramer said, "This will be the template and the model for the whole country of the Y."
The partners include Franciscan health for numerous clinical services, IU Health Arnett for nursing students and other medical degrees, Junior Achievement to provide financial literacy for students and finally, the Ivy Tech community college.
"As partners we come together and bring all our strengths and we complete each other," added Cramer. "We don't compete with each other, we complete."
By doing this, Cramer said the different organizations can help service the community in higher level ways. Members can come to this one location for health care and fitness.
"We're able to work with you virtually by your watch or your phones to help guide you through all of our equipment and put together the personal program that you really need as is appropriate for your fitness levels," Cramer said.
There is also space for education, workforce and youth development. The Y places emphasis on children and young adults.
"We have 11,400 members right now and we anticipate it growing significantly, but we anticipate that too." said Cramer. "We built plans in place to be able to accommodate future growth."
The YMCA servers families at all incomes, backgrounds and educational levels.
Cramer said, "Now with all these different resources here, we'll be able to help you reach your own individual or personal goals better."
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