Ridgewood, NJ, July 20, 2018—After a productive partnership spanning 70 years in their shared 112 Oak Street, Ridgewood facility, the Boards of Directors of the Ridgewood YMCA and YWCA Bergen County announce plans to restructure their joint operations.
While the Ridgewood YMCA will continue operations at 112 Oak Street, YWCA Bergen County will move its operations and services to a new, centrally located Bergen County headquarters with satellite programs in communities served. The transition period will begin in August 2018 and be completed in September 2018.
“The Ridgewood YMCA and YWCA Bergen County have decided this course of action to better serve our community while preserving the very important missions of our respective organizations,” said Ernest Lamour, CEO of the Ridgewood YMCA.
“We support the Ridgewood YMCA’s essential work as they do ours, and have mutually agreed to end our longstanding partnership so we can deepen and strengthen our commitments to our complementary but distinct missions,” said Helen Archontou, CEO of YWCA Bergen County. “We believe this thoughtful decision will help ensure that both organizations remain sustainable and relevant to the people we serve well into the future.”
The Ridgewood YMCA will expand its operations at 112 Oak Street and provide the same high-quality services that all members have come to expect and enjoy in youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. A future capital fundraising campaign will be explored, and with the support of the community, much needed facility upgrades and improvements will be made.
YWCA Bergen County will expand and enrich its core programs and services, including empowering women and girls with the tools they need to learn and grow, advocating for the equality of all people, supporting families with excellent child care and camps, enhancing the well-being of people of all ages and abilities, raising awareness to prevent sexual violence, and helping survivors heal.
Ridgewood YMCA and BFC members in good standing will continue their membership unchanged. YWCA Bergen County members will receive information specific to their memberships, and can contact [email protected] for assistance.