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Closing the YWCA health and fitness services is a disservice to our community.

If the mission of the YWCA is to empower women, closing these services missed the mark. There is no empowerment without input from the people involved. There are many women who have attended these classes for over 20 years that had no say in this decision. We were sent a letter one day before the article in The Pantagraph came out informing us of this closing.

The article stated that there would be “little cost savings” and yet 13 part-time employees will lose their jobs. Women who have paid and been loyal supportive members no longer have use of these facilities and money was just spent on redoing the pool to bring it to code. This makes no sense.

We know they want to expand other programs, but why not keep open a part of this facility that also fits a need in this community? We were told they were losing money on this part of the facility. Then a campaign should have been launched to help build up this awareness.

This was handled very poorly. They now are willing to talk to members who use these facilities. It is too little too late because we were told this decision is final and will not be changed.

Again if this is truly a community-based organization, then why did the community have no say in this decision?

Janenne Scott, Bloomington

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