WESTSIDE FAMILY YMCA
The YMCA of Greater San Antonio was founded in 1876, 32 years after the first YMCA was founded in London England. During this time, cowboys, railroad employees, young men and boys moved from the suburbs into the city to find employment. Without owning our own building, volunteers began providing food, lodging, reading rooms and activities in borrowed facilities around town. In 1907, volunteers were able to raise enough money to build our first facility on North Alamo and Third Street. The services provided were an outlet for the young men and allowed for them to participate in Bible studies, physical activity and educational classes.
In World War I, the YMCA brought field services, food, first aid supplies and blankets to soldiers and their families throughout South Texas. By 1918, the YMCA was offering San Antonio's first swim lessons, had organized High School Clubs (Hi-Y), and reached out to African American and Mexican American youth in the community. These programs led to the building of the first full facility YMCAs. The Westside YMCA was formally created in 1949.
In January 1978, a new city-funded branch building opened inside Rosedale Park, located at 2900 Ruiz St. This facility is now the Westside Family YMCA.