I am 70 years old and a Vietnam combat veteran. While serving in the 101 Airborne Division in 1965, I came in contact with Agent Orange. I developed diabetes, high blood pressure, a liver disorder and had many hospitalizations; including for four strokes. I felt I was addicted to the bed because I could hardly walk. But now, a miracle has occurred!
I joined the Newark YMCA and signed up for Senior Gold membership. My Instructor, Valerie (pictured with me, at left) has a saying: “You do You and I do Me.” In other words, work out at your own pace. I am taking group exercise and water aerobics classes for seniors. I am using the Newark Y's cardio equipment, too. Members and staff are very helpful. The staff attentively listens to me.
Since I joined the Newark Y, people that know me have called my improvement a “Miracle.” I don’t use a cane anymore. I don’t need the aid of anyone any more. In fact, I can dance!
I have new ways of life. My diabetes and high blood pressure are under control. I appreciate the Newark YMCA being here because now I am living a healthy and active life style. When my mother sees me walking and I tell her I am coming from the Y, she laughs happily.
by Willie (Bill) White, Newark YMCA Member
On Wednesday July 9, CarePoint Health, in collaboration with Save Latin America (SLA), sponsored a community health care event at the YMCA of Newark and Vicinity. More than 40 YMCA residents, staff members, and community members received free blood pressure, cholesterol and HIV screenings in CarePoint's state of the art mobile screening van.
In addition to health screening, CarePoint's caring medical team provided educational materials and other resources, as needed. This was the first in a series of community health care events at the YMCA. So if you missed last week's event, mark your calendars for one of the upcoming sessions: August 25, 2014 and September 19, 2014. Check back here for more information...
Under the guidance of our Facilities Director Dan Staehs, maintenance staff members, interns and residents are lovingly tending the YMCA of Newark and Vicinity's brand-new garden. Tomatoes, squash and beans are all nearly ready for harvest. These delicious vegetables will be enjoyed by residents in our Emergency Residence Program throughout the summer.
For information about getting involved in the YMCA's Social Responsibility efforts, click here.
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Eight women recently graduated from the Newark YMCA’s Project Right Start program. This four-week series gives participants the tools they need to return to the workforce. Project Right Start offers a variety of workshops on topics including interviewing skills, resume building and dressing for success. With the collaboration of community organizations and staffing agencies, Project Right Start offers new resources to participants. Some organizations invited participants to their job fairs and a few were able to offer employment opportunities.
During the ceremony, graduates were presented with a certificate, as well as a membership to the Newark YMCA. Graduates are pictured above with Newark YMCA President and CEO, Michael C. Bright. Good luck to Project Right Start’s promising graduates!
For information about how to get involved in the Newark YMCA’s Social Responsibility efforts, click here.