“My story started when I was in college. I was taking an education course that required me to either volunteer or work at a school or child care center. I found myself at the Grand Street Y working as a teacher’s aide; 30 years later, here I am as a senior program director. I was given so many opportunities and met so many wonderful peers, mentors, families and children through the years. What really touched my heart happened about 20 years ago, when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It was a time when most workplaces, you probably wouldn’t want to disclose that information. But I never felt that way at the YMCA. I knew I could count on the people there to help support me. And boy, was I right! I had so many people from the child care families at the time, my directors and most importantly, the teachers, that helped me. And even now, my Y family continues to show me support and love. I needed it, I received it, and it’s one thing I truly am grateful for. It was at that time, I knew I was not going to work at any other place – and I didn’t belong any other place – than the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA. Now that we are closed, there are many things I miss: my cozy office with all my office mates; the parents stopping by and talking about their children; of course the children, walking into the classrooms and hearing them sing and their laughter, and my peers, I miss everyone especially my teachers. I am grateful we can connect through technology. I really love getting emails from the families, sharing pictures of the children and activities they’re doing at home. I’m also proud of our Facebook Family at Home group and sharing activities and celebrations with our members. I want to thank everyone who is staying with us during this time. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for supporting us. Please, be well and stay strong!”