Thanks to a new partnership between the Church Health Center and the YMCA, the Church Health YMCA will open as part of Crosstown Concourse in early 2017. A press conference is scheduled for Thursday, August 4, 11:00 a.m. at Crosstown near the Beacon sculpture, with Crosstown Concourse as the backdrop.
Members of the new Church Health YMCA will also have access to all other YMCA locations in the city. Plans for a preview party to showcase the new Church Health YMCA are in the works for the fall.
The Church Health Center has a long-standing reputation for giving people the tools they need to live healthier lives, and the YMCA is a leading nonprofit strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, working to make sure that 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 will enhance the member experience with 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. Church Health Center will offer other wellness education services, too, including an expanded nutrition training kitchen, programming for children and teens, and creative movement classes.
“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.”
“The Board and Staff of the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South are honored and excited to be involved in this unique and historic partnership,” said Keith Johnson, president and CEO of YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South. “We feel that we are a perfect complement to this vertical urban community and look forward to becoming more engaged with the many stakeholders that will make up this special group. We see this as an opportunity for people to belong to the Church Health YMCA in Crosstown Concourse and to YMCAs across the city and region. Thank you to Church Health for giving us this opportunity to serve our community in this way.”
“The Church Health Center and the YMCA joining forces at Concourse is a perfect example of the ‘better together’ mantra we’ve promoted from the beginning of the Crosstown project,” said Crosstown Development Executive Director Todd Richardson. “Their partnership not only allows the organizations to do what they’re best at, but the Y’s involvement expands the reach of our wellness programs and resources to serve more diverse needs throughout the Memphis community. I know everyone – whether resident, employee, student or visitor – will be elated to have the YMCA’s high-quality service and expertise as part of the vertical village.”