YMCA LOCATION ALERT: The Men's & Women's showers are both open and ready for use. We will do our best to limit the impact of continued improvements on daily use. Thank you for your cooperation during the betterment of your Southwest Y.

Southwest

You belong to something greater when you join the Y. It's a place where families come together to spend quality time with each other. Where children and teens play, develop self-confidence and know they are accepted while adults connect with friends, pursue interests and learn how to live healthier. Most importantly, it's a place where people from all backgrounds and walks of life come together to volunteer and help our community become stronger. At the Y, we all build relationships that further our sense of belonging and purpose.

Announcements

Holiday Hours

 The Southwest YMCA will be open from 6:30 am - 2:00 pm in observation of Independence Day.  Enjoy the afternoon with family and friends while we celebrate this wonderful country of ours.

THERE WILL BE NO GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES

Financial Coaching at the Y!

Just like our physical health, sometimes we need the help of a coach to maintain our financial health. That’s why the Y has teamed up with local financial educators to provide free financial coaching for our community. Coaches will take members through a plan to eliminate debt, establish savings, plan for retirement, and build wealth.   

To participate in this FREE service, simply stop by the Welcome Center or click here to register for your 30 minute appointment.

DATES: Second Saturday of every month 

TIMES: 30 minute appointments, 10am-4pm

WHERE: The Southwest Y

Facility Improvements

**UPDATE**

Both the Men's and Women's Showers are now complete.  All shower valves have now been replaced and the installation of and repair of the tile has been completed.  Commercial grade shower tiles have been installed and two treatments of InvisaTread have been completed.  For safety and hygenic reasons, use of showers shoes is highly reccomended in all wet areas.  Installation of new carpet in the locker areas should not impact member use.

Upcoming Major Projects (subject to change):

  • ChildWatch flooring
  • Gym Ceiling Repair
  • New Welcome Center
  • Roof repair

In order to better serve our community, we will be making improvements to our locker rooms throughout May, June, and July. While we will make every effort to minimize the impact this work will have on our members, there may be times where our locker rooms will be partially or fully shutdown. Any planned shutdowns will be posted at least two weeks in advance. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we set out to improve your Southwest YMCA.

Please contact our Executive Director, Joe Kovalcheck, with any questions.

Misson Moment

Hugo, a member of our Y, was in a horrendous car accident on his way to Mexico to visit his family. The accident crushed his pelvis, shattered his femur, and completely tore his muscles and nerves from bone. Hugo’s doctor told him he would be confined to a wheel chair for the rest of his life. After numerous surgeries and physical therapy visits, Hugo knew he had to do something different if he ever wanted to walk again.  On his way to Kings Soopers to get his groceries, he saw the Y and decided to come and see what we had to offer him and his family.  Hugo joined the Southwest Family YMCA on June 9th, 2014. 

Hugo started and continues to come to the YMCA. When Hugo began, he could barely walk from his car to the front door without taking several breaks and readjusting his walker. He battled constant pain each and every day. He was still attending physical therapy to help him along his goal, but that wasn’t providing the progress he was looking for. Hugo wanted a variety of exercises to work different muscles that they weren’t being addressed at physical therapy. Hugo relied on the Y and our staff to improve the strength and stability of all his muscle groups – not just his legs. Not only did he find a place to improve his physical health, he also found the friendly support he needed – and the results have been amazing.

Recently Hugo has started to walk on our treadmills without a walker for 10-15 minutes. He loves when the staff walks around and encourages him; it makes him feel like he could conquer the world one step at a time. Hugo’s daily pain has dropped dramatically and only has pain when he doesn’t come to the Y .

Hugo loves the Y. He shared with us, “The YMCA is my second chance at getting better.”  When he walks through the front doors, he knows he’ll be “greeted with a smile and a friendly face” and no one looks down on him. His doctors have been astonished by the muscle Hugo has rebuilt around his legs and hips. His recovery continues and each day he takes another ‘step’ towards being permanently walker free.

Hugo shared with us that if he were to win the lottery, the first thing he would do would be to give the YMCA $200,000. Why this amount?  This is what he would have spent on physical therapy if he would not have started to come here to the YMCA.

Hugo is a prime example of why the YMCA exists as an organization.  If you have a Y story and would liek to share, please email our Executive Director Joe Kovalcheck, jkovalcheck@denverymca.org.

 

Annual Campaign Update

ANNUAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE                                                                  

» Families helped  933                           

» Amount raised $118,813

» Number of donors 367

» Percent to goal ($120,000) 99.01%

 

              Average gift amount $323.74

OPEN DOORS UPDATE    

YTD, As of June 28, 2015

» Amount of direct financial assistance $65,813

» Number of families served 498

» Average assistance amount $132.15

 

 Thank you to everyone who has donated to or participated in the Open Doors Program.  You are directly impacting your community for the better.