The Story

Over the past two years I've come to be the person I never thought I could be. I used to never want to interact with people, join group classes, or even have to energy to go for thirty minute walk. Today, I find myself at the Downriver YMCA 3-5 days a week taking group classes. I now have so many friends that it takes me twenty minutes to come and go everyday because now I’m talking with everyone. Not to mention the staff, they are like family and I look forward to seeing them on a regular basis. The YMCA has also helped transform my 7 year old son into a loveable, generous kid. He also loves going to the Y and hearing the other moms say that their kids are waiting just to see or play with him. Today, both of us are very involved at the Y and are so happy it's our home away from home. I wouldn't change it for anything. I am looking forward to many more years of this wonderful experience I get from being a member of the Downriver YMCA.


-Maria S.


Maria and her son's story is just one example of the many lives positively impacted by the Downriver YMCA over the years. To find out more about the amazing impact the Downriver YMCA has click on and view the teams below. Sign up to join a team and support your community by fundraising. Donate to one of our featured initiatives to make programs to more accessible for the children who need them most, the children of metropolitan Detroit.We have the ability to change hundreds of lives for the better but it can only happen if we work together.

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