Like many companies and nonprofits, we have made cutbacks to maintain our organization throughout the pandemic. Membership has declined significantly because fewer people are working downtown, and many cancelled their memberships during Covid restrictions. On average, Moorer YMCA hosts approximately 100 members using the facility each day, and operating hours have been reduced already.
The financial situation has been in decline since 2015; it is not a recent development. Membership income continues to dwindle. We do not have the financial resources required to keep the doors open or conduct necessary maintenance, facility repairs or improvements. We simply are not in a financially sustainable position and cannot continue.
With a commitment to fiscal responsibility, the YMCA of South Alabama Board of Directors voted May 24 to close the Moorer Y. It was their only course of action even though their hearts are broken over the action that had to be taken.
Closing the Moorer YMCA does not mean the Y is abandoning the community. Buildings do not define the Y and there always is a possibility the Y can retain a presence in the community. Currently, the future in downtown is unknown. The Hearin-Chandler Youth Development Center continues to provide vital services in Mobile, Alabama. The Bounds Family YMCA in Daphne, the North Mobile Family YMCA in Saraland, and the John McClure Snook Family YMCA in Foley, Alabama are not affected.
We recognize this is an inconvenience, which we sincerely regret. Ideally, we would have provided greater notice, but we hope you can appreciate that we’ve worked until the last possible hour to find a solution to these mounting financial challenges.
The most difficult part in this situation is the impact it will have on so many wonderful people-our members, staff and volunteers. We hope you will continue as a Y member within our other YMCA of South Alabama branches.
We are incredibly grateful for the support we received from members and participants like you.
Rosanne Radke, Chief Volunteer Officer
Sue Sanders, Chief Executive Officer
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