When the doors opened in 2015, the Southern Boone Area YMCA had a goal of 800 members. Due to overwhelming support from the community, the YMCA has exceeded that goal and is looking to start building a new home for its membership which is now over 2,500 strong. In addition to a wide variety of cardiovascular exercise and weight training equipment, the local Y offers group exercise classes, child care, summer camps, youth sports, youth and teen enrichment as well as a partnership with MU Health Care.
Conveniently located within the current YMCA facility, MU Health Care’s Mizzou Therapy Services clinic is equipped to serve all ages for any diagnosis requiring outpatient therapy, including joint or back pain, gait and balance disorders, generalized weakness or fatigue, pain with pregnancy and even golf performance. Mizzou Therapy Services in Ashland is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can be reached directly by calling (573) 657-2241.
The Y offers financial assistance to those in need and also awards scholarships to graduating seniors each year. The YMCA received business of the year in 2015. This past year, Membership Director, Faryn Griffin and Katie Williamson from Mizzou Therapy Services won Rookies of the Year for their joint efforts in planning Chamber events. The Southern Boone Area YMCA employs over 40 individuals and is set to open its new location in 2021.