Welcome to the Y

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

Schoneman Finds Belonging at Orthman YMCA
Stacey Schoneman

Five years ago, Stacey Schoneman was lonely and down on her luck.
She had just moved back to Lexington from Omaha as a single mom with a sweet baby boy, and she was seeking friendship, healing and connection. She had survived two rounds of cervical cancer and was trying her best to be a good mom to her newborn son.
Someone suggested she go to the Orthman Community YMCA.

Determined & Strong Holdrege Mom Swims 100 Miles
Mary Sue Newth

Just keep swimming.

That’s what Mary Sue Newth of Holdrege did to complete the YMCA’s 100-mile swim challenge.

Nothing could stop her. Not a full-time work schedule. Not a busy family life that includes six kids. Not even a broken boiler in the Y pool that made the water feel more like an ice bath.

Guedes Regains Health With Exercise at YMCA
Miriam Guedes

It took a trip to the emergency room three years ago to prompt Miriam Guedes of Lexington to begin exercising. But, since that day, she hasn’t stopped. With some help of the Orthman Community YMCA, Miriam has lost more than 80 pounds, and she has reclaimed her health.

Mom, daughter find hope, family at YMCA
Christina & Gracie Harris
Gracie Harris was just 14 years old when she saw her dad die of a massive heart attack. He was only 48. That tragedy sparked a profound lifestyle change in Gracie and her mom, Christina Harris, of Oxford. Today, Gracie and Christina are a combined 100 pounds lighter and have found the motivation and support [...]
Mendez Connects Kids at New Gothenburg After-School Program
Antonia Mendez

One year ago, Antonia Mendez and her family were newcomers to Gothenburg trying to meet people and get connected in the community.

Today, Antonia is working side-by-side with her friends and neighbors to help other families and children learn, grow and connect through her role as the after-school program director at the YMCA at Gothenburg Health.