The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will be the first of its kind to offer counseling and physical therapy to veterans when it opens its new Pike facility in 2018.
The planned 90,000-square-foot Pike OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA will be located in Indianapolis on 12 acres provided by the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township, according to the Y. The Y will dedicate 5,000 of the 90,000 square feet to specialty veteran services, according to a report by the Indy Star. The Richard Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center staff will oversee physical therapy, and Y staff will offer veteran-centric classes, including wellness coaching, nutrition classes, diabetes prevention, financial literacy, adaptive sports and job placement.
The surrounding area is home to approximately 120,000 veterans, 11,000 of which live within five miles of the Pike facility, according to the Y.
The facility is part of a longtime effort to develop three new Y sites across the city. In September, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay and his family made a multi-million-dollar donation toward the project, which is expected to cost between $16 million and $17 million in total. It will include a gymnasium, swimming pool and workout spaces with cardio and strength-training equipment, the Star said. Fundraising for the facility is reportedly still underway.
OrthoIndy is an orthopedic services provider in Central Indiana that operates the OrthoIndy Hospital, the state’s first specialty orthopedic hospital. In March, OrthoIndy’s nonprofit organization, the OrthoIndy Foundation, gave $3 million to the Pike development project, according to the Indianapolis Business Journal.
“We think it’s a model that could be replicated across the country, and we anticipate that it will be, because it’s the right thing to do,” Eric Ellsworth, president of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, said in an interview with the Star.
Starting in January, the local Y will offer a 20 percent discount to all military members and their families, according to the Star. The organization also will hire its first director of veterans and military services in 2017.