June and Howard Peterson first joined the YMCA 14 years ago. they started their journey with a weight machine class the Bremerton Y offered back then and then would walk around the track. Even after all these years we still see them come in three times a week to walk laps around the track and use the weight machines. When we asked what kept them coming in, they stated that it made them feel better mentally and physically. "I'm going on 83 next month." says June "Do I look 83?" as she chuckles to herself proudly.
Not only has the Y provided a space for them to maintain their youth, but it has also provided a space where they can maintain friendships. They've made lifelong friends since they first started here. June even reconnected with a long-lost friend from her Tap-dancing days after she ran into her at the Bremerton Y. When we asked them why they specifically prefer coming back the Bremerton Y time after time, they replied "The friendly atmosphere. Everyone who works here and comes here are generally very friendly."