1930-1940: Growth Through Adversity

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p>As our nation struggled through the Great Depression, Fort Worth was not without its economic struggles, but the YMCA continued to offer a variety of programs to its community.  Easily, the most popular were the growing sports programs, from swimming to boxing to fencing.  Newsletters from the 30’s detail the popularity of the sports programs, but also mention the ways the YMCA tried to help the unemployed with Job Seekers clubs and also how the YMCA worked with high school age youth in growing Hi-Y programs.

Later in the decade, the Poly Y was opened in 1937. That is considered the first “suburban” branch, and later became what is today known as the Eastside YMCA.  Also, in 1939, local African-American banker William McDonald donated the former Como Hotel to the YMCA which became known as the McDonald YMCA.  The branch resided at the old hotel for years until a newer facility was built on Berry Street at the top of the “hill”, which is where the branch continues to be today.

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Welcome to the blog celebrating the 120-year history of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth. In this blog, we will have information for those interested in history, Fort Worth or the YMCA – month by month, decade by decade.

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