New Indy YMCA has services others don't

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Providing hope and health - all in one place. That's the goal of a new YMCA opening today.  The YMCA Avondale Meadows will offer services in a part of Indianapolis where they currently don't exist.

The hope is that the new YMCA will become a lot of things to a lot of people.  This is unlike any other YMCA, in that combines Health Net, a medical clinic with a Community Development Corporation and a very community oriented YMCA. It is modeled after a facility in Atlanta.

A huge focus will be early childhood learning, not just day care but a full curriculum for 3 to 5 year olds. There is also a teen lounge. This is a place where teens can come, feel safe have some fun, do some homework, or just socialize. There are some of the traditional elements: a new gym with a full size basketball court, a fitness studio with 20 stationary bikes and of course a wellness center with cardio equipment and weights.

Meresa Creekmore-Armor is with the YMCA Avondale Meadows:  "We're really hoping to make a change in the community. We know that we want to be a part of the change - not that the Y by itself is going to change the community, but we're going to do this collectively and we want people to know that we're here: come in, check us out, look at what we have to offer."

The idea is to provide a holistic approach to healthy living: mind, body and spirit. The family membership runs $17 to $41 a month, but financial assistance is available for both membership and any of the classes and services.

This Saturday, the YMCA Avondale Meadows will have an open house, giving away T-Shirts.  They want people to come out, check it out and get involved.