Growth of the railroads and centralization of commerce and industry brought many rural young men who needed jobs into cities like London. Far from home and family, these young men often lived at the workplace.
They slept crowded into rooms over the company's shop, a location thought to be safer than London's tenements and streets.
Paul's Cathedral among that nation's heroes and statesmen.
A large stained glass window in Westminster Abbey, complete with a red triangle, is dedicated to YMCAs, to Sir George and to Y work during the first World War. Christian Commission to assist the troops and prisoners of war.
We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life.
At the Y, children and teens learn values and positive behaviors that makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.
There were a handful of paid staff members before the Civil War who kept the place clean, ran the library and served as corresponding secretaries.Through the influence of nationally known lay evangelists Dwight L.Moody (1837-1899) and John Mott (1865-1955), who dominated the movement in the last half of the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries respectively, the American YMCAs sent workers by the thousands overseas, both as missionary -- like YMCA secretaries and as war workers. Mott, on his own, involved the YMCA movement in running the military canteens, called post exchanges today, in the United States and in France.By the 1890s, the fourfold purpose was transformed into the triangle of spirit, mind and body.Moody and Mott John Mott (second from left), a leader of the YMCA movement in America, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946.