THERE'S NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO BUILD A BETTER US
You know the challenges that we face in Southeast Texas. People of all ages and backgrounds are struggling to reach their full potential. More and more children face seemingly insurmountable learning gaps. Families find it difficult to spend quality time together. People are not connected to their neighbors and face time happens through a phone. And instead of seeing the income gap shrink, it seems all we do is watch it grow.
But when challenges arise, the Y - and donors like you - steps in. After 114 years of serving Southeast Texas, the Y understands what our community needs to be its best. Working with generous donors like you, the Y provides everyone the opportunity to be healthy and thrive, to connect with others, and contribute to a better community. Everything the Y does is in service of making us - as individuals and a community - better.
Because we believe everyone has the power to make their lives and community better, we open our doors to all - no matter who they are or where they come from.
All kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve, under the guidance of adults who care about them and believe in their potential. We see every interaction with children and teens as an opportunity for learning and development - grounded in the Y's core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
My name is Jalyn and I was one of the first students in the Y Reads program. I was in the third grade when I first started the program at Sam Houston Elementary School in Port Arthur, Texas. I started the program because I was struggling with my reading skills and I needed help. When I started the program I was to gain the understanding of my reading skills and by the end of the year I was passing my English and Reading Class and I passed the state test."
The following year I was still at Sam Houston Elementary and I was in the program that year. I improved even more that year and passed the state test again. I was so proud of myself for the good work I was able to do.
When I was in the fifth grade, I changed schools and I was sad because I didn't think I would be able to attend the program in my fifth grade year. When I went to a new school, I found out the program was there too! I wasn't really focused that year because my dad passed away. I started to give up on myself, but with the help of this program, I pulled it together and was able to focus and I succeeded. Throughout middle school and now going into high school, I still do very well in English. I will continue to do well in this subject because of this program.
We help people and families build and maintain healthy habits for spirit, mind and body in their everyday lives. By helping kids, adults families, and seniors improve their health and well-being, we build a stronger Southeast Texas every day.
Emma was born with the disability, Arthrogryposis. This means a child is born with joint contractures, which is a complicated way of saying their joints don't move as much as normal and may even be stuck in one position due to the extra tissue that may have formed around the joints. Often, the muscles around these joints are thin, weak, stiff or sometimes missing. Because of this disability, Emma does not have proper function of her arms and needs a little extra help around, especially near open bodies of water. Emma's mother, Chandra, enrolled her in private swim lessons at the beginning of July 2015 in hopes that she might learn the most basic water survival skill: floating. Under supervision of our Y swim instructor, Ms. Ali, Emma is not only practicing floating, but has even started to learn how to swim. We hope our YMCA continues to impact our communities in big ways such as this, and we hope that Emma continues her life long journey of swimming.
With our doors open to all, the Y brings together people from all backgrounds and supports those who need us most. We take on the most urgent needs in our community and inspire a spirit of service in return. Our donors, members, volunteers, supporters, and staff demonstrate the power of what we can achieve by giving back together.
From an early age, Chris remembers his mother having health issues due to morbid obesity. Chris realized his mother would die if she didn't do something to improve her health. When the doctor encouraged her to join the Y, she didn't think she would be able to afford it. With the help of the financial assistance program, Pam and Chris were able to find their place at the Y. On Pam's first visit to the YMCA, she was not able to walk from the parking lot to the dressing room without rest. Since coming to the Y, Pam has lost 150 lbs and Chris has lost 170 lbs. Through a combination of medical support, improved nutrition and physical activity, as well as a commitment to improving their health, Pam and Chris have improved not only their physical health but also their outlook on life. Pam was able to decrease her medication for high blood pressure and diabetes. she is now able to complete an hour on the elliptical machine. Her doctor has informed her that is she continues this new lifestyle, she will be able to be medication free.
LIFT THE WORLD AROUND YOU
Every dollar donated to the YMCA of Southeast Texas has a lasting impact on the people of Southeast Texas. When you donate to your local Y, you're donating for a better us, by:
- Expanding successful programs to reach more people who need them, with a focus on the most vulnerable communities
- Helping children and teens develop self-confidence, character values and leadership skills by providing innovative and nurturing youth programs
- Creating communities that support healthy living by addressing childhood obesity and chronic disease among children and adults and supporting their physical, intellectual and spiritual strength
- Instilling an ethic of volunteerism by providing opportunities for Southeast Texas to give back and serve their communities
By making a difference here, you become a part of a collective effort to impact communities nationwide. YMCA of Southeast Texas is one of nearly 2,700 Ys across America joined together to make a greater impact in 10,1000 communities.
When you donate to your Y, you're donating for a better us. For a better you. For a better community. For a better country.
The Y.™ For a better us.™