According to a press release, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee is closing three sites, two of these may have an effect on you. The Cool Springs location which closed for mold, will not reopen and the location in Maury County will close by the end of the year.
These subsidized YMCA centers will close as part of the nonprofit’s financial sustainability plan. The closures are intended to help long term sustainability of the YMCA in the area. The three closing sites represent a financial loss of approximately $740,000 annually. The loss is one the nonprofit cannot sustain.
President and CEO, Journey Johnson, was remorseful as he explained the company’s decision. “These centers have done wonderful work in their communities, but as a nonprofit we have a responsibility to steward our resources in a way that maximizes their impact and keeps us fiscally sound. We had to make the difficult decision to eliminate some of our deficit operations.”
Members of the closing centers will continue to visit until the doors shut and will be granted two month passes to use at any other area facility. YMCA hopes that members will continue their memberships at another convenient facility. That presents a problem for nearby Maury County whose next closest facility is more than 30 miles away.
The YMCA has made plans to continue some offerings in the Maury County area including before and after school care, youth sports and After Breast Cancer. Closures are expected to impact 4,000 of the nonprofits 85,000 households currently being served. “You’d be hard-pressed to find a community that loves the YMCA more than Middle Tennessee. We’d take our volunteers and members over any others in the country, and we have a responsibility to maintain our long-term sustainability. The facts are we need to make some changes in order to preserve the Y mission in Middle Tennessee,” said Johnson.