YMCA membership strengthens community

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Published on February 17, 2011 with No Comments

In times of need, people need a place to go where they can feel supported, improve their well-being and create meaningful experiences in their lives. And we know that this can happen when people not only become part of an organization, but join a cause that benefits them as well as their neighbors.
Portage Township YMCA member Sara Spruth shared her experience, saying that YMCA provides the highest quality experience for her money compared to other local alternatives like fast food play areas and expensive one-time classes.
ìThrough the Y, my children Isis (3) and Drake (2) can have a nurturing and fun environment to grow. In turn through safe childcare services, I get peaceful time to exercise, take a shower, have a cup of coffee, meet neighbors and have the ability to organize and make art for the clients of my familyís non-profit organization, Sacred Transformations,î Spruth said.
ìThrough the Y, Iíve been able to rekindle so many aspects of my life that were lost to the grind of the everyday stay-at-home ëmommyhood.í Now, Iím motivated and energized to take care of myself, which allows me to continue giving more of myself to my family and philanthropic efforts.î
YMCAs exist to strengthen community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. When people like Spruth join the YMCA, they become part of a cause that gives them the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive, while also making their community healthier and happier.
Last year, the Portage Township YMCA helped hundreds of children and adults take charge of their health, spend quality time together as a family, develop relationships with neighbors, learn new skills, help build self confidence and enjoy a laugh with staff and other members. The Portage Township YMCA has helped fill the need of having a safe place for people to go to learn, grow and thrive thru their programs and services.
Last month, the Portage Township YMCA and St. Mary Medical Center partnered to bring additional health care services to the community. The two groups kicked off their new partnership on by providing an array of health care screenings and a healthy cooking demonstration at the YMCA.
This partnership will further the health and wellness of the citizens of the Portage community. Educating the community on preventative care and wellness is going to be the focus of the YMCAs new Community Care Nurse Danny Gonzalez, a registered nurse from St. Mary Medical Center.
Gonzalez is now part of the Portage Township YMCA family and is coordinating a variety of health and wellness programs from screenings to lectures, which will be available to the entire community. Having a medical professional within the facility makes it easily accessible for our members to have medical questions answered quickly and accurately.
ìMy purpose has positioned me to make a positive impact in many lives daily,î he said. ìI have learned that regardless of our geographic location, patient demographics, size, or payer mix we make a difference every day. My aim is to strive for excellence in all that I do.î
Gonzalez said he is eager to convey and demonstrate the attributes he possesses that qualify him as an influential role of nursing. He plans to continue to dedicate time to his education as he works to become a highly competent nurse and effective leader.
Gonzalez graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Indiana University Northwest and holds a license to practice nursing in Indiana. He said his education and training have given him the tools to work proficiently both independently and in a team environment.
ìI am very confident that my academic foundation, experience, and ability to work well with others qualify me for this position,î Gonzalez said.
ìI am grateful for the opportunity and fortunate to work side-by-side thousands of difference-makers who are committed to transforming healthcare through genuine compassion and often, sheer determination.î
For more information or to learn more about the impact the YMCA is making in the Portage community and get involved, contact the Portage Township YMCA at 219-762-9622, or e-mail info@ymaofportage.org. More information is also available at www.ymcaofportage.org.

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