The YMCA is a cause driven association with a mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We at the Hobart Family YMCA proudly engage over 10,000 individuals each year and over 3,400 individual members yearly. Our impact is felt when a mentor encourages a child, when an individual strives for a healthy lifestyle, and when our community works side-by-side for the common good. We primarily serve those in the Hobart, New Chicago, Lake Station, and Merrillville areas, however, we are open to all!

BRIEF PROGRAM AND SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Contracted provider of before and after school childcare for Hobart City Schools and River Forest Community
  • Schools

  • Longest running (and best!) Developmental Preschool in Hobart at 33 years
  • Certified facility and instructors by Arthritis Foundation of Greater Chicagoland
  • Lake Area United Way Agency since 1957
  • First Inclusion Preschool Day Camp and School-Age Day Camp Program at a YMCA in collaboration with the Center For Possibilities, Bubel-Aiken Foundation & National Inclusion Project**
  • Premier delegation at Indiana State YMCA Youth & Government Program in Indianapolis

BRIEF HISTORY

  • 1955…First organizing activities begin by five area Women’s Clubs
  • 1957…Officially chartered and admitted to Lake Area United Way
  • 1961…Became branch of Gary Metro YMCA (GMY)
  • 1966…Capital Campaign by GMY, Hobart gets new building
  • 1976…GMY dissolves, Hobart inherits $230,000 debt
  • 1981…Hobart Y experiences severe fire, closed for several months
  • 1997…Hobart Y Board authorizes Feasibility Study to expand facility
  • 1999…Construction begins on 18,000 sq. foot addition
  • 2000…Grand opening of “New” Hobart Family YMCA