776 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02124
The YMCA of Greater Boston is dedicated to improving the health of mind, body and spirit of individuals and families in our communities. We welcome men and women, boys and girls of all incomes, faiths and cultures.Sullivan explained that the Y's mission was to "meet the young stranger as he enters our city, take him by the hand, direct him to a boarding house where he may find a quiet home. . . and in every way throw around him good influences, so that he may feel that he is not a stranger."Future evangelist Dwight L. Moody, who arrived in Boston in 1853 from his family's farm in Northfield, Massachusetts, wrote home about the Y, a place where he could read "all the books I want free" and hear "smart men from Boston lecture."The organization quickly outgrew its first home in fourth floor rooms at Washington and Summer streets in downtown Boston. In the Y's new quarters at the corner of Tremont Street and Temple Place, it offered many services for its members: library and reading room, gymnasium, classes and lectures, social gatherings, employment assistance, and a register of respectable boarding houses.
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