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The YMCA puts Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. In 1990, the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo announced a major program expansion. The planned expansion became reality in 1991, when the Portage Program Center opened. (The Portage Location would be expanded two years later to include a pool addition.) In 1992, the Lincoln Family Program Center opened to serve the residents on north side of Kalamazoo. By the end of 1992, the YMCA had celebrated over 100 years of continuous service in Kalamazoo, and its membership had grown accordingly. By the end of the year, the YMCA had over 11,000 members - forty times its original membership in 1892! Today, the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo continues to grow as a community leader in healthy living, youth development and social responsibility. The Y provides youth development programs through school age childcare in six KPS school sites; incorporates arts and humanities programs at the Y Arts Center in Portage; prepares young children for school at two preschool sites; teaches the values of lifelong activity to hundreds of children in our tennis programs; builds confidence and teaches hundreds of children to be safe in our swimming programs. Healthy living becomes real at the Y for people of all ages. Programs focused on seniors help them reclaim or maintain their health with better balance, relief from arthritis restrictions, and social interaction. Encouraging all members to be active, to practice proper nutrition, and maintain healthy relationships is the core of our healthy living programs. We are building a stronger community through supporting charitable giving, volunteerism, and advocacy for healthy living and youth development. We enable people from all walks of life and neighborhoods to come together at the Y for a common cause and to build healthier relationships.
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