The YMCA is impacting lives all across the Spokane area, and we want to hear what the Y means to you. Reach a personal milestone? Did your child conquer their fear of the water? Whatever it may be, big or small, please share your story with us! Stories will not be shared without permission.
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When Amanda graduated from college she sought a job that would allow her to help children and their families grow. After 7 years at the Eastern Washington University Children’s Center, Amanda says she is working at her “dream job” as the Family Services Coordinator. She describes her job as holistic care for families with children […]
Adam came to the YMCA to make a difference in the lives of Spokane teens. Two years later he has built a community of support, love, and encouragement among the students at North Central High School with the Outside the Box program. For three days a week during the school year, students at North Central […]
Ask any lifeguard at the North Spokane YMCA about Quinton and they’ll immediately crack a smile. The 15 year-old, who has autism, has been coming to the Y with his family two times a week for over three and half years. From the moment he walks in the door, Quinton is greeted with ‘hellos’ and […]
Ask any parent how it feels to look after a group of energetic kids and you’ll probably get a pair of wide-eyes, ask Danielle, and you’ll get a smile. Spokane Valley YMCA’s Youth & Family Lead has been working in Child Watch for 16 years and has seen and heard it all, and she loves […]
Years ago, George was visiting his eye doctor when he got the news he had always feared but knew would eventually come. He was going blind. Damage suffered while serving in the military in Vietnam compounded by a diabetes diagnosis meant George would be completely losing his sight soon. His optometrist told him he’d have […]
Life for a middle schooler is rarely easy. Pressures from family, friends, school and beyond pull young teens in every direction. Fourteen-year-old Max of Mountainside Middle School is no different. He and other teens from across Spokane and Coeur d’Alene are finding ways to connect, express themselves and deal with all the trials and tribulations […]
“A perfect fit.” That’s how Candy describes her role as host at the Central Spokane YMCA. After retiring from a fast-paced life of working in management, Candy was looking for something to keep her engaged in the community and active. While applying for a job at the Y she mentioned she was a morning person […]
After nearly drowning when she was just 13 years old, Kathy has lived in fear of water, an anxiety that has surrounded her for almost 52 years. The incident happened at a lake while away at camp. She and her friend would go out to a floating dock to play and Kathy could manage to […]
Tracy will be honest, many years ago she didn’t find much value in doing yoga, “I’m a high energy person, I was teaching 15 classes a week and going hard with high-intensity workouts. I thought yoga was a joke.” That was 36 years ago. Now Tracy teaches multiple classes of yoga at the South Spokane […]
At just 19 Adam got a wake-up call that changed his life. His doctor shared that due to his current lifestyle, he was at high risk for developing diabetes. “It really scared me!” he said because just 3 years earlier when he was 16, his father passed away due to diabetes. “His blood sugars were […]