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Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Uncategorized, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

YMCA Military Family Month

YMCA Military Family Month

November is Military Family Month, providing Americans the opportunity to recognize the dedication, sacrifice and service of military personnel and their families. The YMCA of the Inland Northwest supports military families this November and all year round though programs and initiatives that improve their well-being and provide opportunities to connect with other families waiting at home. With our thanks and appreciation of their service, Military and Veterans can visit any Spokane area YMCA for a FREE 2-Week Guest Pass November 5-19, 2017. Join fees will be waived with membership initiation. Please bring Active Military ID, DD214 or Veteran ID Card from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. “Military families have many needs when a loved one is away from home,” said Steve Tammaro, President/CEO, YMCA of the Inland Northwest. “Whether it’s proving a place where kids can make friends and have a sense of belonging or providing a place for adults to meet health goals, the Y has a number of options to help here in the Spokane area.” Amy...

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Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Uncategorized |

YMCA Annual Campaign Story – Gabby

YMCA Annual Campaign Story – Gabby

    I was born in Southern China, and when I was a baby, I was found in a box on a sidewalk, wrapped in a black leather jacket. Someone took me to an orphanage that housed 300 other baby girls with just 12 nannies to care for all of us. At 11 months, I was adopted by my Spokane family. I’ve always had a speech impediment, so I was an extremely shy, parent-clinging young child. When they took me to daycare, I would howl and bawl until I’d created a huge, embarrassing scene for everyone. Three years ago, my parents shoved me, a painfully timid 13-year-old, through the doors of the YMCA into the Youth and Government program, reassuring me I’d love it. I was freaking out. I was going to have to form and express my own opinions and ideas to strangers! What if the other teens and adults can’t understand me? What if I am humiliated by my speech impediment? What if?! Turns out, my parents...

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Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Uncategorized |

YMCA Annual Campaign Story – Dennis

YMCA Annual Campaign Story – Dennis

  Fourteen months ago Dennis was in the third and final stages of an incurable cancer. He endured six months of radiation and chemotherapy to put his cancer briefly in remission. Then, Dennis fell. What would have been a minor spill resulted in an explosive burst fracture of his spine and an eight-hour surgery to repair his shattered body. Cancer had left him broken and alone. Dennis had no access to physical support or emotional support and no community where he could belong. Worst, he struggled to feel self-worth with no ability to contribute to society. During recovery, his physical therapist suggested he check out the YMCA for help. Dennis took a tour of the Y, and was told about LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA. “I found what was missing in my life thanks to LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA.” With access to excellent facilities and trainers, his balance and strength drastically increased. Dennis was no longer alone – he had a whole class of people who have been through the same...

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Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Social Responsibility, Staff, Uncategorized, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

Staff Spotlight – Brenda

Staff Spotlight – Brenda

Brenda Jamison is the Early Childhood Education Coordinator at the EWU Children’s Center. She began her time with the Children’s Center in 1990 and worked for 6 years before taking time off to raise her family, then returned in 2012. “When I wanted to get back to work, this is the only place I wanted to be,” Brenda said. As the Early Childhood Education Coordinator she is tasked with adjusting learning curriculums and making sure over 50 staff members are properly equipped to teach the students. This includes making sure the correct curriculums are in place while balancing varying standards from many educational entities. Training, mentoring, coaching, encouraging and sometimes being a shoulder to cry on are just some of the things that make up Brenda’s day. When asked why she keeps coming back, Brenda said “for the love of the kids, they’re the future. You give, but you get a lot back.” Away from the office Brenda enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and three grandchildren....

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Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in My Y Story, North YMCA, Social Responsibility, Staff, Uncategorized, Y Stories, Y Stories |

My Y Story – Ahmad & Aziz

My Y Story – Ahmad & Aziz

One day, Shah Perai, a mother of four young sons, came home to find her house devastated by an explosion. Such ruinous havoc was sadly not extraordinary in the country she called home, a place wrought with unimaginable violence. If the family wanted to live, they had to seek refuge. Undergoing a deluge of horrors, Shah Perai and each of her little boys, Aziz, Ahmad, Shafiq, and Sidig, managed to escape war-torn Afghanistan. These five brave refugees landed in Spokane, Washington. The YMCA provided them with a family membership through financial assistance. Over the following weeks, Aziz worked diligently with Y aquatics staff to learn how to swim for the first time ever. Eventually the YMCA fully funded Aziz’s formal lifeguard training, and he quickly became a paid YMCA Lifeguard. Aziz helped his younger brother, Ahmad, learn to swim, and soon Ahmad also completed the YMCA Lifeguard Training class. Today both brothers not only work as lifeguards at the YMCA to help support their family, but they also exemplify...

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Uncategorized, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

My Y Story – Joan

My Y Story – Joan

Joan knew something was off, she just didn’t know what. After almost two years of hospital visits and possible explanations, doctors finally found the answer; Hairy Cell Leukemia. The rare cancer put her in the hospital for more than two long months while she underwent chemotherapy. The heavy doses of medication and other treatments left her in the worst shape of her life. One day during Joan’s recovery, her daughter went to the North Y for a workout while home from college, and Joan decided to tag along. After about 10 minutes on the treadmill she knew she had to do something different. Looking to turn her physical state around, she was determined to come as often as she could. “I just decided to start coming [to the Y] again. I felt better the more I moved. I didn’t have any grandiose goals or anything, this wasn’t to lose weight, this was just to feel better.” Gradually, she worked herself up to coming to the Y for two hours...

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