GREATER KINGSPORT FAMILY YMCA
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Impact Stories

These are snapshots of how the Y affects our friends, neighbors and family. *All names have been changed.

Nurturing the potential of every child and teen

Kevin* was caught stealing at the Y about a year ago and shortly after, his mom was killed in an accident. He is from a big family and was rebelling in several ways, when he went to live with his aunt and uncle. He has now entered the Afterschool program as one of the older students and has made a complete turnaround. The other kids love his magic tricks and have welcomed him in the group, as the staff have made an extra effort to make a difference in his life.

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Improving the nation’s health and well-being

Joan* was told by her doctors, a couple of years ago, that she had to make immediate changes or else she wouldn’t have much longer to live. This came right after a massive heart attack in her early 50’s. She joined the Y and started out with small changes in her activity. Joan walked with a cane and had never really exercised much. She’s now a huge advocate of the Y, as her doctors continue to give her good reports about her heart and cholesterol, and we all rejoice with her over her weight loss, new outlook, and her cane-free life!

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Giving back and providing support to our neighbors

Laura* had been a homemaker for 20 years, when her husband lost his job. After several months of trying to make do and downsizing as much as possible, they were forced to declare bankruptcy. Between Laura and her husband trying to make ends meet and her going back to school, the Y has been a haven for her family. She expresses her gratitude on a regular basis for the financial assistance offered by the Y. She enjoys time with her two teenagers, as they workout together. Laura doesn’t know where their family would be without the Y’s help.

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Next Event

Sep
23
YMCA events
Greater Kingsport Family YMCA
Sep 23rd 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Compete against other families in the Kingsport YMCA inaugural “Family Double Dare event!”