TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - This weekend the Vigo County YMCA will celebrate its one year anniversary.
The YMCA closed its doors in 2011 following financial trouble. But a new group, the YMCA of Clay County, took over the building's lease in 2012.
Since then, business has boomed.
Executive Director of the Vigo County YMCA, Eleanor Ramseier cannot help but get emotional when she thinks about the way the community embraced the Vigo County YMCA.
She has good reason. When they opened last June they started with 340 memberships, and just a year later they have more than 2,400 members.
"We wanted to make sure we have a strong foundations underneath us, one thing that I wanted to make sure we do was get some good classes in here that are challenging that reach the needs of the whole community," Ramseier said.
Gina Bradley and her family have been members since they opened the doors. She thinks the reason for their success is pretty simple.
"They've got a wide variety of classes you can do and the offer multiple number of times you can come in here," Bradley said. "They make it easy for you to make that decision, whether its after work or before you get your day started. And it's just that reset button for you."
The YMCA offers programs that are geared towards the whole family, from children to seniors.
"With our community partners like the United way and others we are outside our walls, we want programs that reach outside and help feed the ones who can't get food someplace else and can't get healthy food and don't know about fitness," Ramseier said.
To celebrate its one year anniversary, the YMCA on Saturday will open its doors to non-members.
Non-members will be able to participate in classes free of charge.
The Vigo County Y has some major projects coming up. Visit their website for more information.
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