FLOWOOD, Miss. (WJTV) — Under Governor Tate Reeves new executive order, the YMCA in Flowood will reopen on May 11, 2020. CEO Jara Miller says that the YMCA has many members who have placed their accounts on hold or canceled completely because Covid-19 has put people in a financial bind.
She says there are still many that still remain members because they believe in what the YMCA is about. Miller says “during the coronavirus we have been able to provide over 10,350 meals to children in the Hinds county community.” She says they are filling the gap for the one out of four children in Mississippi who don’t know when their next meal is coming from.
For its efforts in the community, The Y has been awarded a $20,000 grant from Walmart to support its feeding efforts. It has also received PPP money and has began to get in touch with staff to help with plans for reopening.
Director of Wellness Rashard Johnson says reopening will be a 3-step process. Step one is to get members familiar with the new rules. Step two is to open the classes. Step 3 is to slowly add the number of people as the Governor allows it.