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SAT FROM 8AM TO 6PM | SUN FROM 1PM TO 6PM

My Y Story

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Charlesetta James

Charlesetta James began her journey with the Y from the desire to serve as a positive role model for the son she wanted to see grow up. With lots of options to help her lose weight, Charlesetta worked with staff member Keith Simpson to learn how to use equipment in the Wellness Center and began working out 5-6 days a week. Seeing the weight come off on a steady basis gave Charlesetta encouragement to continue, and even though working out was sometimes tedious she always left feeling great about life and the changes she was making. With the encouragement of Y employees, Charlesetta reached her weight loss goal in 91 days. She was PROUD and EXCITED, energized, and determined to live a better life. According to Charlesetta, “the Y is a great place to start with your goals, whatever they may be: weight loss, to get healthy, or just stay healthy. The employees are there to assist in anyway they can”.

Justin Jefferson

Justin Jefferson

Justin Jefferson, a police officer for the City of Covington, has been an avid weightlifter ever since he can remember. He recalls tagging along with his father to a weight room and it was at that time he became hooked on the sport. When the Y opened its new location in 2007, Justin started attending just about everyday the facility was open. But, lifting weights was not the only connection he developed with the Y. Justin took the lifeguard course and was hired by Shari Peterson, aquatics director. That was a great experience for him.

Health and Wellness technician Keith Simpson is another idol of Justin's, as he often asked Justin to watch over the wellness center in his absence. Recently, Gayle Kitchen and Jennifer Unroe made arrangements for Justin to be interviewed on the air by Big Al, general manager of Big Country 101 Radio, about his experiences through the Y.

"Being a member, as well as former employee, of the Y is a great experience", Justin notes. "There are great people who put effort and time into making sure every member is satisfied. Not only am I happy to live in Alleghany County, but I am happy to be a part of the YMCA. Again, I would like to thank Jennifer, Gayle, Keith and Shari for the many opportunities."

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The Jonas Family

Toby, Lisa, Hayley and Trevor Jonas have become like second family to the Y staff. It's a rare event when Lisa and Hayley aren't at the Y each day; in fact, Hayley has taken some of her first steps in our child watch center and we've watched her grow practically from day one into the busy toddler she is today! In the evenings we'll often see the family come back with Trevor for some of our youth programs.

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The Rookin Family

(As told by David Rooklin) My family was one of the first families to join the YMCA when it was first chartered in the Alleghany Highlands and we have been dedicated members ever since. I can honestly say one would be hard pressed to find an individual or family that has benefitted more from our Y, or any other YMCA for that matter.

From being an integral part in helping me overcome my addiction to alcohol, to playing a significant role in developing my children, (Hillard, Kent, and Maggie) into exceptional athletes, the Y has been a very important part of our lives.

My children have not only benefitted from the athletic opportunities the Y has provided, but they have also made many friendships that may not have occurred if not for our YMCA. Jeanie and I have also benefitted not only from the physical fitness opportunities, but have also made many friends at the Y.

Simply put the Y has been and continues to be a very important part of my life and that of my family. I cannot imagine what our lives would be like today had the YMCA not located in our area, but I can emphatically say I am extremely thankful that it did.

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Natalie Moats

After nearly 6 years of chronic pain and disability along with four back surgeries, I rarely left my home. My strength and ability to move had declined. My Doctors had recommended additional therapy to help relieve some pain and assist in regaining some mobility, stating that aquatic therapy would be ideal since it didn’t stress the joints. Knowing the YMCA had a pool; I made the decision to join but was very apprehensive about finding something for someone with restricted movement. One look at all of the machines and exercise equipment and I was terrified that I’d made a huge mistake.

To my delight, I discovered that in addition to a beginner level aquatics class, the YMCA also offered other activities that I felt I could tackle, even with my many limitations. Chair Yoga is a great way to do some gentle stretching, the size of the walking track is ideal (and they play great music) they even have Social activities like Bingo! I was also able to speak with a trainer to set up a program especially tailored to my personal needs. The first week, I came to the YMCA for 5 days in a row!! It had been years since Id left my house that many times in a week.

Not only did I find activities that I enjoy, but I also discovered a phenomenal support system! Everyone, from the Instructors, Trainers, Custodial staff, and the pleasant front desk people that greet you each morning; ALL have become an integral part of my rehabilitation. The Staff will listen to concerns, offer encouragement, guidance, or even congratulate me on each of my achievements, no matter how small. They have become SO MUCH MORE...they have quickly evolved into my friends! The YMCA truly does have SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

From being an integral part in helping me overcome my addiction to alcohol, to playing a significant role in developing my children, (Hillard, Kent, and Maggie) into exceptional athletes, the Y has been a very important part of our lives.

My children have not only benefitted from the athletic opportunities the Y has provided, but they have also made many friendships that may not have occurred if not for our YMCA. Jeanie and I have also benefitted not only from the physical fitness opportunities, but have also made many friends at the Y.

Simply put the Y has been and continues to be a very important part of my life and that of my family. I cannot imagine what our lives would be like today had the YMCA not located in our area, but I can emphatically say I am extremely thankful that it did.