$1 Million grant to YMCA
Contribution facilitates consolidation of three campuses
In September 2003, YMCA of the North Shore began construction of a
brand new combination teen-recreation and child-care center, located
adjacent to its Sterling Center campus on Essex Street in Beverly, MA.
A $1 million grant from the Foundation enabled the "Y" to stop leasing
space for those programs at Cummings Center and at another location
on Tozier Road in Beverly.
The new 25,000 square foot complex includes a full gymnasium
with a climbing wall, adventure elements, a computer lab, breakout rooms
and a kitchen, as well as complete infant, toddler and pre-school facilities
for 94 children in the child-care center. The "Y" estimates that its membership
includes approximately 26,000 patrons on the North Shore, about 16,000
of whom currently use the Sterling Center.
After former Foundation trustee Douglas
Stephens became seriously ill and then died in 2004, the YMCA Board
voted to name the new building in his memory. The Douglass Stephens YMCA
Teen Center was formally dedicated on October 28, 2004.