The YMCA is impacting lives all across the Spokane area, and we want to hear what the Y means to you. Reach a personal milestone? Did your child conquer their fear of the water? Whatever it may be, big or small, please share your story with us! Stories will not be shared without permission.
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They say it takes a village to raise a child, and for Amy Jarvis, the YMCA is part of her village. The mother of two spends her days caring for 2 year-old Elizabeth and 4 year-old Ezekiel, all while her husband Joshua is serving in the Navy defending our country. Petty Officer First Class Joshua […]
Jackson is a teen center attendant and lifeguard at the North Spokane YMCA. He began working at the Y in 2014 helping out in homework club assisting youth with school assignments and now spends his time in the teen center helping teenagers connect and have fun. On the pool deck Jackson started out as a lifeguard and teaching swim […]
Out on the pool deck, 82-year-old Richard doesn’t miss a thing. Being in and around the water is second nature to him, he doesn’t swim as often as he’d like, but he has more important things to do. “My passion is safety, anyway I can help make people safe, I’ll be there.” Richard volunteers his […]
Say hello to Sabrina, the new Health & Wellness Director at our Central Y. Those who frequent the Central Y will recognize the familiar face, as Sabrina has served as a Lifestyle Coach and more recently a Wellness Coach for the last year. Sabrina earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Eastern Washington University […]
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 […]
Even though she’s only responsible for one of them, just about every kid in the neighborhood calls Anita “Grandma.” It’s a role she takes willingly, helping to make sure the kids at the Richard Allen Apartments stay out of trouble and are being safe. This past summer, her granddaughter Arianna and others from the area […]