The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas and Chase Oaks Church announced a new partnership that will benefit the YMCA’s Emergency Child Care Program. Chase Oaks is donating an initial gift of $100,000 to support the operation of this effort, which will aid those in our community who are serving on the front lines fighting COVID-19. Thanks to the ongoing support from Chase Oaks, the Emergency Child Care program will also now be available at no cost for those essential workers who need it.
Emergency YMCA Child Care is for children of those who serve as first responders, medical professionals, government officials, healthcare/hospital, grocery, logistics industry and other essential workers who must continue to work during this challenging time. This care will be offered until further notice at six YMCA branches across the Dallas area, in accordance with state guidelines. Chase Oaks’ initial gift is going toward the operational costs of the six locations that are currently available, and funding additional sites.
“As a church, Chase Oaks is committed to being here for our community and we’re always looking for ways we can love our neighbors and support their needs,” said Jeff Jones, Senior Pastor of Chase Oaks Church. “During this difficult season, it became evident that this was a critical need to come around.”
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Chase Oaks and their members during this time. When we made the decision to temporarily close our branches, we knew we needed to find innovative ways to serve our community to put our mission to work. Our community needs us just as much as we need them,” said Curt Hazelbaker, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. “When we first offered this service, we wanted to ease the burden on essential workers and have child care be one less thing they needed to worry about. The fact that these families now do not have to worry about the cost of care is such a blessing and will impact so many families selflessly serving all of us during this challenging time.”
“We are honored to be able to partner with the YMCA and expand the reach of what they are uniquely equipped to do for our essential workers,” said Glen Brechner, Executive Director, Chase Oaks Church. “It’s a privilege to come together for the good of our community.”
The locations currently offering child care include:
• Coppell Family YMCA: 146 Town Center Blvd, Coppell, 75019
• Grand Prairie Family YMCA: 4556 S. Carrier Pkwy, Grand Prairie, 75052
• McKinney Family YMCA: 300 Ridge Rd, McKinney, 75072
• Plano Family YMCA: 3300 McDermott Rd., Plano, 75025
• Richardson Family YMCA: 821 Custer Rd., Richardson, 75080
• T Boone Pickens YMCA: 601 N. Akard St., Dallas, 75201
Temperature screenings are taken prior to entry and throughout the day. Child care is currently limited to those who must have it due to their professional occupations. Spots are limited to 45 attendees per day, per location. The camp will adhere to guidelines by city, county and state officials including limiting group sizes inside of the camp to no more than 10 including staff. We will continue to provide this type of support and more as long as this crisis continues. For additional details regarding the Chase Oaks offer, please visit www.chaseoaks.org/ymca/ or contact the YMCA location where you plan to enroll your child.
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