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The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. That’s why at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

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Y Stories

Czochara Serves God, Families in YMCA Career
Julie Czochara

Julie Czochara has lived in major cities on both sides of the United States, and now she’s living in the middle of the country in a small rural town tackling the challenge of beginning programs and operations at the new YMCA at Gothenburg Health.
She started her YMCA career six years ago at the YMCA Buffalo Niagara as the business and sales coordinator for YMCA Camp Weona.
“I loved what I did, and I loved the difference I was seeing in the lives of not just the kids that I worked with but their families as well,” Julie said of her first experience working at a YMCA. “It is the most gratifying work I have ever done. My gift is serving and holding true to my Christian faith and values. The YMCA is the avenue that God has given me to do that.”

Eustis Friends Find Second Home at YMCA
Sherry Timm & Marcia Keller

Five days a week, Sherry Timm and Marcia Keller meet up on a corner in Eustis and drive 25 minutes together to exercise at the Orthman Community YMCA.
The two self-described Y “gym rats” have discovered their second home at the Y, which they have found to be more than just a nice place to exercise.
“I think it’s an amazing facility,” Marcia said. “I cannot think of one thing I would complain about.”

The two have become unofficial “Y ambassadors,” raving about the welcoming staff, the quality and variety of classes, the facility cleanliness, the social connections they have made and the overall organization.

Building Brighter Futures at R7 Learning Center
Shannon Reicheneker

Shannon Reicheneker has been hired at the new Child Care Director at the YMCA’s Early Learning Center in Holdrege. She has a passion for working with kids and is excited to help strengthen local communities and families in her new position.

Leiningers Live Healthy In Golden Years
Ron & Mitze Leininger

Becoming a Golden Member at the Orthman Community YMCA came just in time for Mitze Leininger of Lexington.

Mitze celebrated her 80th birthday December 17, just as she was finishing her stay at Brookdale assisted living to recuperate from back surgery. Her doctor told her to walk a mile each day to help in her healing, and Mitze listened.

With the cold, icy weather outside, she was glad to have the Y indoor walking track to help her reach her goal.

“I think we are very blessed to have a place like this where you can walk inside safely and the temperate is good,” Mitze said.

YMCA Helps Ide Enjoy Retirement
Bob Ide & Steph Monthey

After retiring from his long-time position as a county judge in 2015, Bob Ide wanted to enjoy his new freedom playing football with his young grandchildren and hunting and fishing.
“I’d like to go to Alaska and fish halibut or salmon,” he said. “I like to go out and shoot a bull elk.”
But, he realized after a trek in the wilderness on a deer hunting trip that he needed to stay healthy to enjoy his retirement. A Y personal trainer helped Ide gain muscle and lose nearly 40 pounds during the past year.