A day many residents of Alvin have been waiting for since March 2020 has finally arrived.
The Thelma Ley Anderson Family YMCA (TLA), located at 3201 S. Hwy. 35, will reopen its doors on Monday, Aug. 23, welcoming back members, as well as offering incentives to new ones.
According to Stephen Ives, President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Houston, the decision to close all of the facilities was made when Texas Governor Gregg Abbott ordered many establishments to close during the COVID 19 pandemic.
Now that the go-ahead to reopen has been given, Ives said, “The health and safety of our community is our priority.
"Out of an abundance of caution due to the ongoing pandemic, we will not be hosting any large events at this time. We invite all in the Alvin community to stop by the YMCA after we open to tour and connect with others in a safe environment.”
However, things will begin to happen earlier than that date.
“The pandemic was difficult for us all. The YMCA of Greater Houston was not immune to the devastation and was greatly impacted.
"With a $50 million revenue loss, it forced us to strategically evaluate the best way in which to adapt in order to resume our membership and wellness operations in a new and very different environment,” said Ives.
The YMCA of Greater Houston will announce partnerships, programs, services, hours and a more accessible membership model over the next few weeks.
On Aug. 15, the YMCA made available a new membership model, which features a “complimentary Impact Membership for all Alvin residents through the end of the year with affordable and personalized program and amenity add-on options available,” said a press release from the YMCA of Greater Houston.
“We have been committed to the Alvin community since we opened the doors to TLA in 2007. We have identified innovative programs and solutions that get people back to connecting in a safe environment,” said Ives.
“We appreciate the community’s patience as we reimagine Thelma Ley Family YMCA for future growth and greater impact. We are looking forward to opening the doors to familiar and new faces Aug. 23 as we embark on TLA’s next phase,” he added.
There were nine months of partnership discussions, a community needs assessment and the development of an innovative and affordable membership model which included community members and partners, YMCA board members, YMCA members and participants. The results will provide greater accessibility to programs and services while creating a larger impact in Alvin.
Membership for all Alvin residents through the end of the year with affordable and personalized program and amenity add-on options will be available.
The Y will be continually seeking opportunities in the Alvin area that align with the YMCA of Greater Houston’s commitment to empower youth, build healthier families and create connected and inclusive communities.
The TLA YMCA sits on land owned by the City of Alvin. The organization has a ground lease with the City of Alvin to provide programming for the community in its facility at the present location.
The history of the YMCA’s presence in the Alvin community dates back to 1993, when the estate of Thelma Ley Anderson (a resident of Alvin) provided the foundation of funding. Following an extensive campaign, site establishment process and bond issuance by the YMCA to raise the $6.9M needed to construct the facility, the current building opened in 2007.
"We completed an Appreciative Community Building Process for the Thelma Ley Anderson Family YMCA to learn how we might deepen our impact and do more for the Alvin community," said Ives.
"During the process, it was understood that the need in this area was great and critical issues must continue to be addressed by the YMCA.
"However, this process also identified a need to further evaluate the programs and services that are being offered in this community to ensure that this building and the YMCA are able to best serve all who call Alvin home, he added.
Each year, the YMCA receives contributions from a wide array of staff, volunteers, individuals, corporations and foundations. In 2019, approximately $50,000 was raised for the Alvin community through the Thelma Ley Anderson Annual Campaign. In 2020, approximately $30,000 was raised in the TLA community prior to the pandemic, primarily from local staff and volunteers.
Other sources of revenue for the YMCA include membership dues, program fees and facility rentals. The Thelma Ley Anderson Family YMCA has also received a subsidy each year of $450,000 from the YMCA of Greater Houston.
“We completed an Appreciative Community Building Process for the Thelma Ley Anderson Family YMCA to learn how we might deepen our impact and do more for the Alvin community.
"During the process, it was understood that the need in this area was great and critical issues must continue to be addressed by the YMCA, said Ives.
"However, this process also identified a need to further evaluate the programs and services that are being offered in this community to ensure that this building and the YMCA are able to best serve all who call Alvin home,” Ives concluded.
For more information, visit www.ymcahouston.org and select Thelma Ley Anderson Family YMCA on the location listing, or learn how to be part of the change by joining the Y as an Impact Member.