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  • Meet Andrew

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  • Meet Julie

    "I knew I needed to choose to save my life.”


  • Meet Maggie

    “This program helped me to become a better parent."

    Maggie found support while staying at Haven of Grace, a home that helps pregnant young women redefine their lives.  She attended parenting classes through YMCA Community Development’s Be

  • Meet Barbara

    "When I finally did return to my Y family, it was the best decision I had made for myself in years!"

    My dad and my husband passed away on the same day a few years ago.  Obviously, I was devastated and heartbroken.  Before that day, it had been 14 years since I had been a member and water

  • Meet Jasmine

    "The YRead Program made a huge difference in our lives."

    Jasmine works hard and earns good grades, but her mother worried that she struggled with reading comprehension.  After being unable to get help through her local school district, Jasmine&rsquo

  • Meet Jeff

    "Even though I've been doing this my whole life and consider myself an advanced weight lifter, I can still learn a few things."

    Jeff has been a member of the Y for six years and we look forward to seeing him everyday during his lunch break.

  • Meet Minnie

    "I am just blessed to be here."

    Minnie Woods came to the YMCA in the 1980's to take swimming lessons and for socializing after the passing of her husband and son.  After she completed her class, she was asked if she

  • Meet Tiffany

    "LIVESTRONG at the YMCA increased my confidence and gave me the opportunity to form a connection with other cancer survivors."

    Tiffany was just 32 years old and 35 weeks pregnant with her second child when she was diagnosed with Stage II Breast Cancer.  With a baby on the way and a two-year-old son, she vowed that she

  • Meet Stephen

    "If I was not going to the Y at my age with my health problems (bad hips), I’d be in a wheelchair."

    “If I was not going to the Y at my age with my health problems (bad hips), I’d be in a wheelchair.” Stephen Voss has been a YMCA member at least 12 years.

  • Meet Bobbie

    Bobbie has found strength and confidence to keep moving forward and inspiring others.

    Bobbie was recently nominated and won the Jim Guest ‘Reaching for the Stars Award’ given by the Recreation Council of Greater St Louis in recognition of the progress and effort she has