2023 YMCA Impact Tours
Start and end times indicate the time the bus departs from and returns to the hotel.
Impact Tour A: YMCA International Services - Restore Hope and Well-being
Tuesday, April 11 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Fee: $30 (Advance sign-up and payment required; includes tour and bus transportation)
Learn about the innovative and impactful programs and services offered at the YMCA of Greater Houston's largest, non-traditional Center with an operating budget in excess of $20M. YMCA International Services assists some of Houston's most vulnerable populations, including refugees, victims of human trafficking, unaccompanied immigrant children and other marginalized newcomers. Attendees will meet clients and members of our amazing 180 full-time staff team that collectively speak over 25 languages while touring the newly-acquired service space. Learn about the funding strategy mix of government grants and philanthropy that supports efforts to Restore Hope, Build Stability, Create Opportunities, and Change Futures for the individuals and families served. Fundraising efforts include a collaboration with other refugee serving agencies that resulted in nearly $2M in contributed support for the response to the Afghan humanitarian crisis, enabling YMCA International Services to resettle over 1,200 Afghan evacuees in only six months.
Impact Tour B: Lake Houston Family YMCA & Miracle League - Remove Limits, Reimagine Opportunities
Tuesday, April 11 2:30 – 6:00 pm
Fee: $35 (Advance sign-up and payment required; includes tour and bus transportation)
Hurricane Harvey swept through Greater Houston in September 2017 causing $125B in damage. The Lake Houston Family YMCA was one of 12 severely damaged Y facilities forced to close its doors temporarily. A $14M restoration and complete re-design brought a 60,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility back to the Kingwood community. Since that time, the Lake Houston Family YMCA has grown its membership and program exponentially. Attendees will tour the stunning facility and learn how the YMCA of Greater Houston took this opportunity to reimagine the YMCA for this community. After the Y tour, it's a short ride to the $4.8M Miracle League Adaptive Sports Complex built with a fundraising collaboration between the YMCA, a foundation and the school district. A shared used facility, it features a barrier-free playground and two Miracle League baseball/multi-purpose fields where you will (weather permitting) get to watch a baseball game and see the impact in action!