The project to renovate the YMCA Fairless Hills branch is about to take its next big step.
YMCA Bucks is hosting a virtual groundbreaking ceremony at the branch next Friday, February 26th at 11 a.m. Everyone can tune in via the branch’s Facebook page here.
As of Tuesday morning, the building is completely gutted. CEO Zane Moore visited the site and reported his findings on UpWords with Chris Ermer Tuesday afternoon.
“I have to tell you, it’s amazing. This is ten years of work finally coming to fruition.”
He said the building as it stands right now is a “shell.”
“All the hallways, the hidden pathways that used to exist, it’s all gone.”
The new building will feature an expanded fitness center, a new lobby with community space for gatherings, universal locker rooms, a renovated pool, and more parking.
“It’s going to be what this community has deserved for many, many years,” said Moore. “It’s finally getting done.”
Moore said work on the Doylestown branch is also underway. He said they have more room for spacing out equipment, which is helpful to keep people safe in the age of COVID-19.
In the meantime, Moore says their priority is Operation Compassion. The mission has a specific focus on helping people affected by the pandemic.
The Y shifted its focus to meal deliveries, opened its showers to the homeless, and opened up its student success programs to virtual learning.
“We literally had hundreds of kids across the county under our care, sitting in front of laptops in their classrooms while we proctored the class.”
YMCA Bucks also increased its financial assistance to expand its services to more families and gave more relief funding to those who needed it.
“I can’t imagine, as long as I stay at this Y, that there will be a moment I can be more proud of how this Y stepped up to serve.”
The program’s new name is Operation Compassion Recovery. It’s goal is to help families struggling even as society tries to return to normal.