Steve and Linda

Steve and Linda moved to Sherwood a year ago to be closer to family and to spend more time with their grandchildren. Though they were somewhat sad to leave their old neighborhood and beloved walking trails, they soon learned they could stay active and remain healthy in new ways at the Sherwood Regional Family YMCA. 

“After moving into the neighborhood, we went to the Y and met with staff members at the front desk—they were all so friendly and informative, and they gave us information and schedules on the classes they offered. We saw that we could fit into some of the Active Older Adult sessions and decided to give the Y a shot.” 

Even before joining the Y, Steve and Linda were able to meet with Caz Thomson, the Active Older Adult Program Director, who took time out of her schedule to meet with the couple and educated them on the programs we offer. 

“She walked us through what the different classes were like and what we could expect out of each of them. She even walked us through the exercise and cardio areas, and showed us how to properly use the machines. Caz is personable, open and always available for us—like all of the teachers we’ve met at the Y.” 

Steve and Linda have been working toward their goals of staying active and making new friends by attending exercise classes. And have made momentous strides in reclaiming their health. 

“All the people we’ve met in our exercise classes have been really awesome—you walk into a room, and it feels as if everyone has known each other forever. The people are so welcoming and they’re always eager to accept everyone.” 

When they’re not participating in an exercise classes, Steve and Linda enjoy visiting the Y with their family—their grandchildren have especially enjoyed climbing the rock wall and taking swim lessons. 

Steve and Linda are thankful to be at the Y, where they are motivated and encouraged by the constant reminder of God’s loving presence.

“Being able to talk about our beliefs is a big part of our lives and we enjoy sharing in those conversations with others at the Y. We’ve enjoyed attending the Bible Study sessions, and when we see scripture passages on the hallway walls it gives us hope—like maybe we’re where God wants us to be.” 

Being members at the Y has helped Steve and Linda meet new people and feel accepted into the greater Sherwood community. 

“We feel blessed to be affiliated with such a high-quality organization at the Sherwood Regional Family YMCA, a place that obviously cares deeply about their patrons.”

Thank you Steve and Linda for helping others feel accepted at the Y and for sharing your loving and open spirits with everyone in our community.  

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