Grove City YMCA becomes Red Cross Emergency 24-Hour Shelter

On Tuesday April 3rd, Grove City Ohio was in the path of a destructive F1 tornado that struck the city early in the evening. That evening the Grove City YMCA immediately lost power, but was fortunate to come into the branch the next morning to see it was restored. Unfortunately, their neighbors and the surrounding community were not as lucky- with the power company saying it may be days until power is restored and with temperatures being unseasonably chilly, the Y sprang into action.

Knowing our neighbors needed a warm place to relax and a hot shower, the Y opened its door to the entire community at no cost to them to come in and shower, charge their phones or just have a place to kick back. Soon, the Red Cross asked if we would consider turning our facility into an emergency 24 hour shelter- without hesitation, we said yes.

Staff and the Red Cross worked together to make sure there were 50 cots set up in the gym with food, diapers and many other essentials ready for those without power or hot water. This team effort not only made headlines in central Ohio, but gave us the opportunity to showcase what the YMCA of Central Ohio is all about: Taking action to help in our community, especially in their greatest time of need. For the 103 people who took us up on our offer and came through our doors over those 3 days- we hope we provided you with a little solace during a difficult time.

We will continue to do this work every day, in every community that we serve, without hesitation.