Many in the community breathed a collective sigh of relief when the Lake Houston Family YMCA partially reopened last June and fully in March after it was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Last Tuesday, business leaders, dignitaries, YMCA staff, donors and many others gathered to celebrate the reopening with a ribbon-cutting and words from Y leaders.
Lake Houston Family YMCA Executive Director Christopher Butsch boasted about how much he loves working in this community and with the staff at that location, citing that the staff are why, in his opinion, the Lake Houston Y is the best.
YMCA of Greater Houston President Stephen Ives began the new position about six months ago, coming from Maine. He used that connection to paint a mental picture for the audience by speaking of “lighthouses and people.”
“Each one of our facilities is like a lighthouse,” said Ives.
He said that lighthouses are there to give light, to provide clarity, as beacons to guide. The people at the Y do the same thing, he said.
“Lighthouses don’t work without people,” said Ives.
He spoke about all of the people and efforts it took to bring the Lake Houston YMCA back after it was destroyed by floodwaters.
“What you all have made of this is truly amazing,” said Ives.
The Lake Houston Family YMCA currently has over 1,900 children registered in their summer programs – on average, 175 per week. There are a few openings still available for the fourth week of June. To register or learn more, visit ymcahouston.org/lake-houston.