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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

Nevarez Finds Belonging, Support in Group Exercise
Melissa Nevarez

That first brave step into the YMCA group exercise room launched a journey to a healthier lifestyle for Melissa Nevarez of Bertrand.

After the birth of her second child, Melissa decided it was time to take care of herself, too. Her boyfriend, Brandon, lifted weights and had a consistent workout routine at the Y. Her daughter, Aspen, participated in Y youth sports and programs. But, Melissa hadn’t yet found her exercise groove.

Melissa decided to start exercising in the wellness center on various cardio machines. Although the cardio machines are great, Melissa wasn’t motivated and exercised sporadically for about three months.

Stevens Supports Lifetime Health Opportunities
Lynnette Stevens

Sports and physical activity have played a big part in Lynnette Stevens’ life.

The retired educator grew up in Iowa, where women’s sports were already in full swing. She competed in every sport she could in high school and then went onto play more sports at a small college. She later coached high school and junior high sports.

Today, Lynnette makes exercise a priority in her life and believes in the long-term health effects of staying active, and that’s just one of the reasons she’s excited to support the new YMCA at Gothenburg Health.

Chris Cox Hired as Orthman YMCA Sports Program Manager
Chris Cox

New York native and former college football player Chris Cox has been hired as the sports program manager at the Orthman Community YMCA.
Chris started work in late June organizing youth and adult sports and enrichment programs. One of his first tasks will be leading the YMCA Summer Day Camps that start July 11.
He is taking over the sports position from Gustavo Ramirez, who is leaving to attend the Kansas State Patrol Academy.
“I am looking forward to working with the youth and families in the community,” Chris said.

Triplets & Their Moms Find Support at YMCA
Ashley Larson & Trish Nitchie and Their Triplets

When Trish Nitchie and Ashley Larson walk through the doors of the YMCA, twelve little eyes brighten. The two moms have found the YMCA to be a great place for their preschool-ages triplets to learn, socialize and create while they find time for stress relief, adult interaction and exercise.

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.”