YMCA Branch Name

For Youth Development
For Healthy Living
For Social Development

Welcome to the

La Porte County
Family YMCA

The La Porte County Family YMCA strengthens the foundations of our community through well-being and fitness, camps, family time, swim, sports and play, and other activities for people of all ages, incomes and abilities. We’re more than just a place to work out. At the Y, we help build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all with the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility at the heart of everything we do.

With a commitment to nurturing youth development, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive.


Historical Picture1909: Charter is signed.

1911: New building opened in downtown La Porte.

1920s: Our YMCA initiated many things including three youth bands, the LaPorte Little Theatre, and were one of the first Y's in the nation to develop the Women and Girls Department.

1930s: Y opened it's doors to all youth in La Porte County during the Great Depression.

1940s: The Swing Shoppe, later Meissner Room, for teens began. 

1950s: YMCA Nursery School opened; YMCA Endowment Fund started; United Fund started and housed at the Y, and contributed 64 percent of Y’s budget.

1960s: One hundred eighty-seven community groups met at the Y; current swimming pool and Shick Gymnasium opened.

1979: LaPorte County Family YMCA Triathlon tradition begins.

1980s: Nautilus Center opened; elected first woman President of Y Board of Directors; closed dormitory rooms to open a second gym, renamed La Porte Family YMCA; began school age childcare.

1990s: With the city’s help, opened the YMCA Child Care and Learning Center on Monroe Street; entered the computer age; replaced the Nautilus equipment with Cybex, began a capital campaign and chartered the Horizon Endowment Club.

2000s: Opened our current addition with new locker rooms, cardio center and weight room; renovated and rededicated the Swanson Gym and Jones Family Pool; day camp boomed to 150 children a day; and renewed our determination to support families all over La Porte County.

2010s: Expanded our mission to incorporate the Long Beach branch in Michigan City to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Developed land within the heart of the city of La Porte into the Andrew Avenue Outdoor Education and Recreation Facility that features soccer fields, nature trails, an activity pad and a covered pavilion to cater to the needs of the community. 

The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Click to read more about our financial assistance.