Joyce Vyriotes
Communications Manager
200 West Cummings Park
Woburn, MA. 01801
Phone: 781-932-7072

$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.