The EM Downer YMCA has been serving the greater Richmond community since 1918.

From our humble beginnings in a small building on MacDonald Avenue, EM Downer Family YMCA in West Contra Costa has grown to serve a large and diverse population. Our $15 million dollar operation has over 40 program locations which include:

  • community centers
  • child development centers (infant through school age)
  • after school programs, and
  • mental health counseling services.

EM Downer serves all of West Contra Costa County including the cities of Richmond, El Cerrito, San Pablo, Pinole and Hercules as well as a number of unincorporated communities. We also administer child development programs in Alameda, Yolo and Sacramento Counties.

For more information about our various program offerings, give us a call at (510) 412-5647 or email us at

Senior Staff

Bianca La Chaux  MS, MCHES,  Executive Director
Shannon Bode LMFT, Director of Clinical Services
Christen Gray BA, Director of Expanded Learning Programs
Audacious Wilson MFA, Director of Licensed School- Age Programs
Theresa Dade-Boone MPA , INTERIM Director of Community Schools