Dontrel and Liz M.

Bremerton Family YMCA

The Madison family found that the Y was everything that they were looking for. They were drawn to the close-knit and friendly environment they found at the Bremerton Family YMCA.

“I started coming here with [my twin], saw everything they had, and saw that this was where I needed to be. It’s a one-stop shop,” said Dontrel.

“Everybody is nice and helpful. They want to help you,” Liz added. “When you go to other places, you don’t always get that.”

They found more than just fitness in their Y journey. Dontrel and Liz met seven years ago at the Y and have now been married for four years. The Y helped bring them together and gave them time together in their busy schedules.

“We worked opposite schedules,” Liz said, “So working out was really our time together when we were dating.”

Now as a family of seven, they share their “one-stop shop” together, often fanning out to their favorite programs throughout the Y. While they each have their own activities from karate to basketball to Child Watch to yoga, they love spending time together as a family in the pool and working out as a couple in the weight room.

“You feel accepted. It’s not a judgmental place. Everyone is willing to help you…and the staff are really understanding.”

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