MBJ: YMCA to open Crosstown location with Church Health Center
A new partnership will bring a state-of-the-art workout facility to Crosstown Concourse this January.
Thursday, Aug. 4, the and the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South announced they are combining their strengths to ensure everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
“This true partnership is about us being better together,” said Church Health Center CEO Dr. Scott Morris. “Our mission at Crosstown Concourse is to serve more people and serve them better. Having the YMCA in our corner and us in theirs just makes sense, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.”
The Church Health Center, a faith-based nonprofit that provides affordable health care to the uninsured, has a reputation of giving people the tools they need to live healthier lives, and nonprofit YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South serves nearly 160,000 Mid-Southerners each year through 10 full-service facilities that offer aquatics, fitness and wellness, teen leadership, at-risk youth and senior programs, as well as offer after-school care and sports leagues.
The partnership will establish the Church Health YMCA as part of Crosstown Concourse in early 2017. A membership to the new Church Health YMCA will give members access to all other Memphis YMCA locations. The new facility is expected to be previewed in the fall.
The Church Health Center will add to the YMCA experience with additional programming such as specialty yoga, creative movement and dance classes, Pilates equipment classes, individual and group medical fitness programming, programming for the intellectually disabled and physical therapy.
The Church Health Center will also offer wellness education services, including an expanded nutrition training kitchen and programming for children and teens.
“The Y is thrilled to be able to collaborate with the Church Health Center to provide programs, services and initiatives to improve health and well-being, nurture kids’ potential and provide support to our neighbors in Midtown and greater Memphis,” said Shauna Bateman, director of the new Church Health YMCA. “Within the Crosstown partnership, we have an opportunity to leverage each of our organizations’ strengths to broaden impact. Personally, I am excited to work within the community that I live, to be part of the vibrancy, optimism and enthusiasm that frames Crosstown Concourse and our city.”