Prospect Park Y Chief Uses Same Word for ‘Opportunity' and ‘Crisis': Diversity

For most non-profit organizations, the current financial crisis is likely a cause for anxiety. Sean Andrews, the executive director of the Prospect Park YMCA, sees an opportunity.

"We've been in neighborhoods through the hard times, the good times, the real estate booms and busts," he said, "and people know to come to us whether they have the means to pay or they don't."

Given the scope of the most current bust, it's not difficult to imagine New Yorkers trading their pricey gym passes for a belt-tightener like a Y membership. The Prospect Park branch has been around since 1891, and the building itself, at 357 Ninth Street, since 1927.  read more »

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