Michael Carter never intended to come to the Y for himself. The only reason he visited at all was to ensure that his mother Belva, an active member of the SilverSneakers program at the Y, was in a safe environment where she could make progress toward her fitness goals. He found himself making regular visits and connecting with the staff and members around him.
When Belva passed away in April of 2015, Michael suddenly realized how important his newfound Y community had become. "After seven years of being her sole caretaker, my only family was suddenly gone. My community is here at the YMCA, and for five days a week, I work hard to keep my health and maintain important friendships," Michael shares. "Without the YMCA, I feel I would be lost."
He attributes the strength of his connections to a few exemplary staff members who are always eager to help with any need that arises: "I've found so much support from Bonnie in Membership, Anita in Aquatics, and Stacy in the Mission Department. I truly love my Y and can't imagine my life without being here."