FOR HEALTHY LIVING
FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Michael, a 19 year old young man has found his place here at the Y. He feels like he fits in. He’s welcomed, challenged and appreciated. Michael has autism and focusing his energy while at the Y has helped him immensely. He is much more disciplined and much stronger than he would be if the Y was not a part of his life.
Our Tae Kwon Do program facilitates Michael’s sense of belonging. Master Dwenger has helped Michael over the years and Michael has been one of his best students. He arrives early to volunteer to help with the Special Needs Tae Kwon Do class and you can find him helping many of the younger or less experienced Tae Kwon Do participants during the open class. Michael is currently a Brown Belt with a black stripe. He will test to become a black belt in May with a handful of his dedicated friends.
The Daniel A. Hillenbrand Family Support Program subsidizes a portion of the program costs so that Michael can continue to achieve the goals he sets for himself. The confidence he has developed by being a part of the Y is noticeable by many members and especially by his grandparents who are grateful that the Y is here for Michael and the nearly 1,000 other individuals who receive financial assistance for programs or memberships.
Mary is a single mom who has been working and going to nursing school. Mary has two young children and a very supportive family. Until recently, Mary’s family had worked together to provide care for her children while she worked and went to school. Her two children, Aaron and Aidan, would be watched by their grandma, great grandma (who lives out of state), their aunt and their father’s family. Although very loved and well cared for, Aaron and Aidan lacked stability and routine. Mary’s mom called Jenny, the YMCA Learning Center Child Care Director, to ask for help with their child care situation. She was happy to hear about the Y’s child care tuition assistance.
Aaron and Aidan started at the Learning Center in August. Both boys are thriving and enjoying their days at the center. For Aidan, knowing where he will be going each day and what will be happening during his time at the Y has been very valuable. Aidan is being prepared for kindergarten and he enjoys swimming, field trips and all of the special activities that occur in the YMCA Learning Center’s pre-K class rooms. Mary said both boys have made many new friends. Mary and her family are very thankful for the charitable contributions from the Strong Kids Campaign. And for Jenny, our Learning Center Director, it’s very gratifying to see and feel the impact the Y has on our community every day.
Better Late than Never!
Daniel has been a long time resident of our area. A few years ago he encountered some health issues that required physical therapy. After some time he wanted to improve his physical health as well as his overall well-being. Daniel had some apprehension about coming to our Y. Because he had never been in the facility he didn’t know what the Y was all about. Eventually he found the courage to come in and join. He remembers meeting our friendly front desk staff who gave him his first tour of the facility, signed him up for a membership, and introduced him to our fitness staff. Fortunately for Daniel he qualified for our Scholarship Program and received financial help with his membership fee. Within his first couple of days, Daniel was given an introduction to our fitness equipment and felt very comfortable using it. He has met many new friends at the Y. He is now taking classes and loves a dip in the pool now and then. Looking back, Daniel wishes he would have joined our Y a long time ago. The impact of the Strong Kids Campaign is felt throughout our community and touches people of all ages. Daniel is very grateful for his subsidized membership and the Y is grateful he is a part of the family.
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