Joplin Family Y Locations


Joplin Family YMCA South

417 781 9622


  • Address
  • 3404 W. McIntosh Circle
    Joplin, MO 64804
  • Joplin Family YMCA South

  • Hours
  • M - F 4:00am - 10:00pm
  • Sat. 7:00am - 8:00pm
  • Sun. 12:00pm - 8:00pm

YMCA Heritage Youth Development Center

417 673 2677


  • Address
  • 1020 North Main Street
    Webb City, Missouri 64870
  • Joplin Family YMCA HeritagYouth Development Center

  • Hours
  • M - F 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sat. Closed
  • Sun. Closed
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125 Year History

 

Our Mission: Under the guidance of Christian principles, the Joplin Family Y seeks to serve the community by providing an environment and activities that enable all people to achieve their full potential through the development of spirit, mind and body. 

THE Y IS THE ORGANIZATION THAT…

  • Saw and met the practical and spiritual needs of young men flocking to London during the Industrial Revolution.
  • Has served the military and military families in every U.S. conflict since the Civil War.
  • Inspired the formation of the USO, Peace Corps and Father’s Day.
  • Met immigrants coming off the boats at Ellis Island to offer services and support in making a new life.
  • Began the first night school and English as a Second Language courses.
  • Invented group swimming lessons, basketball, volleyball and racquetball, and gave them to the community.
  • Provided quality and affordable child care when women began joining the workforce in droves.
  • Began values education at a time of social unrest.

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

The Joplin Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) got its start on February 11, 1891, and within a month, rooms for the organization were acquired above the Keller-Bierig bakery on Main Street.

As the organization grew, money was secured to purchase the Haven Opera House (at the present site of the Joplin Globe building) in 1897, and within a few days, funds were raised to construct a new building at that location. The building was opened on March 24, 1901, just one day after Joplin’s 28th birthday.

By the 1910s, the demand for a larger, more modern building for the YMCA had developed. More than a quarter million dollars was raised in the March 1916 to construct a facility at 510 Wall Street (the current Downtown Y), and the new building opened on June 16, 1921.

Originally the facility at 510 Wall was constructed as a residence hall for young men traveling and living away from home. Before a USO facility was established, the building was also made available to servicemen who were between trains, and Camp Crowder servicemen frequently came and spent the weekend at the Y.

SERVING THE WHOLE COMMUNITY

Meanwhile, the Joplin Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) had been incorporated in March of 1905, and headquarters were established at 527 Joplin Street, which included reading rooms, restrooms and a small café.

By 1920, the YWCA had moved to a larger building for the third time since its inception. There, it served as a home away from home for girls and traveling women as well as serving as a community center where classes were taught in Bible study, bookkeeping, French, Spanish, spelling and sewing.

MORE THAN A GYM

In April 1985, the YMCA and the YWCA were merged to form the current Joplin Family Y, and the facility at 510 Wall underwent a complete renovation to accommodate the new programs and equipment that came with the union of the organizations.

As the number of Y members and program participants continued to grow, the Joplin Family Y’s Board of Directors began to discuss expanding the Downtown facility, and in August of 1999, the South Branch opened at 3404 W. McIntosh Circle, where it continues to serve the community today.

In 2008, it was brought to the attention of the Joplin Family Y that there was a need for child care in the Webb City area. With the help of Mr. Jim Dawson, a key contributor to the project, the doors of the YMCA Heritage Youth Development Center opened in June of 2010, and today it serves 180 children through preschool and infant care, afterschool care, no-school-days care and summer day camp.  

YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW… FOR GOOD

Through it all, the goal of the Joplin Family Y continues to reflect the rich history instilled by both the YMCA and the YWCA - the development of individuals, both young and old, to grow to their full potential in mind, body and spirit.