New YMCA Facility Allows Expansion of Programs Offered

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Shelby Johnsen
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The Gallatin Valley YMCA facility is expected to serve an additional 12,500 people in the area each year.

The Gallatin Valley YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) has been operating without a recreational facility of its own since it started in 2002. The lack of a facility to call its own has limited the amount of programs the organization can offer to the Gallatin Valley.

The Y currently offers programs that include summer camps, athletic leagues, a learning loss prevention reading program, teen leadership programs, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) camps and so much more. The new facility will help the Y provide people with quality enriching and affordable programs that help build a healthy mind, spirit and body.

Using USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Direct Loan program, Gallatin Valley YMCA had a 24,000 square foot center built to house its programs, the facility serving as Gallatin Valley’s only community center. The additional space at the Y will allow expansion of programs that will now serve adults, families and seniors.

“The new YMCA will allow us to expand our programs and services to meet the growing needs of the Gallatin Valley,” said Andrea Stevenson, CEO of Gallatin Valley YMCA . “We are excited to now have a one-stop shop for people of all ages, allowing them to participate in programs that build health and wellness.”

In 2016, the Y served 7,100 people in the Gallatin Valley. With the addition of a new facility and more programs, staff are expecting to serve an additional 12,500 people each year to come. This project has also resulted in the addition of 15-20 new part-time and full-time jobs, and a community center for residents in the Gallatin Valley to enjoy!

Fast Facts

Obligation Amount$3,000,000
Date of ObligationJuly 2016
Congressional DistrictGianforte, At Large
Senator's Last NamesTester and Daines