The YMCA was founded in London, England, in 1844, as the Young Men's Christian Association, to help people develop character in their daily lives. The movement spread fast and reached the United States by 1851. By the early 1900s, the YMCA began serving boys and older men, as well as young men. After World War I, women and girls became an active part of the YMCA movement, and in the 1960s and 1970s, families became a major focus. Today more than half of all YMCA members and staff members are women and girls.
The Tri-County YMCA received its provisional charter from the YMCA of the USA in August of 2003. A year later our organization opened a full service fitness facility on the grounds of the Monastery Immaculate Conception and applied for permanent charter. In September 2004, we received our charter with the YMCA of the USA. In August of 2006, we opened Y Wee Care Child Development Center in Santa Claus. In June of 2010, we started construction on a new facility and opened our new facility doors on August 29th, 2011.
Simply put, the YMCA is a place where children discover themselves ... an outreach post for teens ... a gathering spot for families ... and a social center for seniors. All are welcomed at the YMCA. Strong values prevail. Today, YMCAs are alive and well in more than 140 countries across the globe.
YMCAs have been so successful because they are driven by community needs, guided by community volunteers and open to all. Each YMCA uniquely reflects the communities it serves while working to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities.
Our mission is to provide people of all ages with year-round aquatic, fitness and other quality programs that promote healthy Spirit, Mind and Body. Our efforts will remain rooted in Christian principles and we will endeavor to enrich the lives of everyone we serve regardless of race, creed, age or economic circumstances.
The Tri-County YMCA strives to put the following values into practice in everything we do:
Caring: To be sensitive to the needs of others and go the extra mile.
Honesty: To tell the truth, have integrity and build trust.
Respect: To value the worth of every person and treat others as you would like to be treated.
Responsibility: To do what is right and be accountable for your behavior and obligations.
Doing Your Best: Putting your best effort into every endeavor.