Marie used to think members of the YMCA only fit into the young, thin, attractive and Christian category. And she was nervous she wouldn’t be welcomed if she signed up for a membership at her local Sherwood Regional Family YMCA.
Marie’s perspective was completely changed though, when a friend convinced her to attend a Zumba® class at the Sherwood Y satellite site—Boones Ferry Community Church.
“I adore loud fast music, and Zumba® had just that. Mary, the instructor, did such a good job teaching and I really enjoyed the class.”
The class was transformative for Marie, who was so pleased with the fun and encouraging experience, that she signed up for water exercise classes at the Sherwood Y. Soon after, Marie became a Y member.
Since joining the Y, Marie has excelled in yoga, water exercise and Zumba® classes. She no longer feels intimidated going to the Y to workout, because she knows every person comes from a different fitness background.
Marie is especially thankful for the friendly Sherwood Y staff, who work to ensure all members feel welcomed and like they belong.
“I came here with a walker and then a cane, and all those times, no one looked at me funny. It was always 'Oh good! Marie is in the pool today.' They only cared if I was here.”
As a Sherwood Y member, Marie enjoys sitting in on Lunch N Learn information sessions and attending the active older adult events. Not only do these programs help Marie stay up to date on the latest news, they encourage her to get involved in the community.
Marie is hopeful that the future of the Y will continue to grow more inclusive, more kind and serve more families and seniors.
“Someone in their 20s can go anywhere to work out, but this is a great place for families and seniors to come and build community.”
Thank you Marie, for sharing our Christian principles of service and love to those in the community. We are grateful that you are part of our family and ensure that others experience the Y.