Making a Difference One Person at a Time

Every day, the Y strengthens our community for kids, adults, seniors and families with programs that protect, teach, connect, heal nourish and encourage. It’s how we help the community and the “us” who live in it realize their incredible potential.

Below are the stories of just a few of the people who have benefitted from being a part of our Y. From cancer survivors in our LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program to single parents in need of assistance to those looking for help managing a chronic disease and countless others, the YMCA is here to make an impact and change lives.

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Meet Julie, a participant in our MS Land and Water Exercise Programs who enjoys the camaraderie and support the programs provide

“A doctor had suggested working out in the water to help ease the symptoms of my MS.”

Meet Sophia and Ari, two longtime Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA members turned employees who are thankful for the opportunities the Y has provided them

Sophia recalls: “Our Y story started a long time ago. Ari was born with Down Syndrome and I had a hard time even finding people to babysit for him. We had taken mommy and me swim lessons and when he got a little older, I wanted to continue with the swim lessons. Anywhere I went, the first response was always, ‘we don’t have a special program here.’

Caring for a Family as a Single Parent: Read Cindy’s Story

“We moved to New Jersey in July 2017 and started taking swim classes in Spring 2018. Thanks to financial aid, my son has been able to take swim lessons here. As a mom, it’s very important that my children know how to swim – that they have the skills they need to save themselves or others.”

Finding a Healthier Path: Read Ellen’s Story

“I had a chance meeting with Donna (Peart). The Plainfield Public Schools hosted a wellness event and the Y had a booth. I was borderline pre-diabetes and my doctor was concerned.”

Searching for Assistance after a Life Changing Diagnosis: Read Jessica’s Story

“I was diagnosed with MS on June 9, 2012. It changed my life completely. I no longer work, I can’t drive, my vision is horrible and my balance is bad. I was going to a Kessler (Rehabilitation Center) for a clinical trial and they told me about the Y’s Multiple Sclerosis Water Exercise Program.”

Learning You’re Not Alone: Read Marion’s Story

“My neighbor Donna (Peart) works at the Y and told me about the LIVESTRONG® program for cancer survivors. I started right after my last radiation treatment that August. I tried it, was able to get through the first two hours and I said ‘I can do this.’ I never missed a day the whole 12 weeks.”