Our Mission & History

The mission of the Odessa Family YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice that help build a healthy mind, body and spirit.

Who We Are

The Odessa Family YMCA has been a beloved community institution since its establishment in 1969. Thanks to the support of businesses, individuals, and volunteers from Odessa and surrounding areas, the Y has become a place of learning, recreation, and family fun for people of all ages. The YMCA’s three focus areas are youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Y champions four-character values: caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

The YMCA’s primary facility boasts a range of offerings, including childcare, a fitness center, a pool, basketball and racquetball courts, a weight room, and a cardio room. In addition, the YMCA has two outdoor parks for youth sports programs. The YMCA also serves as an IdentoGO provider, scanning digital fingerprints for employment background checks. This vital service is not widely available, making the YMCA an essential resource for the community.

Our Mission and Vision

As the need for affordable childcare grew, the YMCA opened two additional childcare locations and a new early education center. The new center allows for the expansion of the YMCA Childcare program and a partnership with the Ector County Independent School District.

In addition to its regular offerings, the YMCA participates in community outreach events and hosts Healthy Kids Day every spring. This popular event provides families with resources and information from profit and non-profit organizations. The YMCA has also partnered with Superior Health Plan to open a hygiene closet, which helps financially strained families get essential self-care items like soap, detergent, and toothpaste. In the evenings, showers are available for individuals’ experiencing homelessness.

At the Odessa Family YMCA, we believe in the worth and dignity of all individuals. We strive to create a place where people of all backgrounds can come together to connect and feel secure at every stage of life.

Taking the YMCA from a Place to a Purpose

Leadership and Board

Meet the leaders who guide and inspire our organization, drive our mission and vision to create a positive impact in the community.

Facilities and Locations

Explore our facitilies and locations of the Odessa Family YMCA that serve different needs for our vast community.