The Y is more than a gym. We’re the leading nonprofit committed to strengthening our Festus community.

We are proud to serve this great community through programs and services that focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. From athletics to academics, the Y offers a great variety of activities that help individuals of all ages and abilities grow strong in spirit, mind, and body.




Rebecca Bishop
Executive Director

Macy Ketcherside
Membership Director

Brian Kennedy
Aquatics Director

Kelley Gore
Business Manager

Cindy Holdinghausen
Child Care Director

Brent Ripley
Sports Director

Shelley Otec
Health & Wellness Director

Ted Luhrs
Property Manager

Matt Clark
District Vice President

The Jefferson County Family YMCA is your one-stop shop for all your fitness needs and more, including classes, community development and child care in Festus, MO. We're dedicated to helping people of every age and experience level lead healthy, happy, fitness-filled lifestyles while engaging with their communities.

The Jefferson County YMCA began in the late 1970s with youth programs held at outreach sites. In 1984, Senator Jack Gannon donated five acres of land in Festus on which to build a facility.

Construction of the 29,000 square foot facility was completed in February of 1992. It featured a six-lane, 25-yard swimming pool, women’s and men’s locker rooms, wellness center, gymnasium with a running track, meeting rooms and offices.

The Vision 2000 Capital Development Program resulted in a 3,000 square foot strength-training center completed in 1999.

The branch’s third capital campaign resulted in the opening of a 3,000 square foot lower level in 2011, featuring relocated aerobics and multipurpose rooms, expanded child watch, and additional program space. The Y also improved its outdoor campus in 2011 by adding an outdoor playground and baseball field. These outdoor projects were funded by several anonymous donors in response to community need.


Want to see more of our facility? Claim a guest pass and visit us today!

Cardio Equipment
Free Weights
Strength Equipment
Indoor Pool
Indoor Track
Pickleball Courts
Child Watch
Birthday Parties/Rentals
Sports Fields
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Support the Y

Our Annual Campaign provides financial assistance and subsidies to ensure all who wish to participate can, regardless of their financial situation. Growing our Annual Campaign will ensure that we scale and expand our programs into our most vulnerable communities. To ensure we are deepening our impact, we will innovate our programming to meet community needs.