80-year-old "go getter" Joan is the grateful recipient of the Y's Financial Assistance program. "If it wasn't for Financial Assistance, I'd never be able to afford my membership," she explains, and she doesn't take it for granted. Despite a history of multiple falls, Joan finds her way to the Y at least three times a week, making use of the Healthy Joints water class and the treadmills, determined to improve her balance. She reports that since joining the Y, the stiffness in her body has lessened significantly. "Before the Y I sat too much, she says, "but now I go to the Y three times a week. That's a big difference."
There's not much sitting going on for Joan these days. Described by friends as "loyal" and "trustworthy," we'd also like to add the word "generous" to the list, as she spends her free time volunteering in the office at Prison Mission in addition to putting her crocheting skills to use by regularly crafting hats for the homeless, which the Y collects and donates to a local church for distribution in the Port Orchard area.
Joan credits the Y's staff with being the catalyst for progress. "The YMCA has always been such a friendly place, and I believe it's even more so as time passes,..Health, fun, and friendly people- that's what the YMCA is for me."