Description & Mission
The Family YMCA’s mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. There are a myriad of programs and services for children, teens, adults, families and active adults, many with a special emphasis on childcare and health enhancement. In addition, The Family Y provides recreational and social programs at no charge for those with special needs and mental disabilities. All programs at the Y are structured around the core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith. The Family YMCA is a non-profit, charitable community-based organization committed to helping individuals grow in spirit, mind and body, regardless of financial circumstances.
Health Partner Agency, Creating Health Lifestyles
United Way of Southeast Mississippi funds support the Group Lifestyle Balance program at The Family Y. This program was adopted by The Family Y in 2011 and provides education and intervention to individuals seeking to reduce their risk of Type 2 Diabetes. This is done through spontaneous and structured exercise, proper nutrition, and avoiding behaviors that sabotage weight loss efforts. United Way funds are specifically used for the curriculum, teaching tools, recruitment efforts and financial assistance to clients participating in the 3 month program.
A second program of The Family Y that receives funding from United Way of Southeast Mississippi is the Champions Challenge program. This program is part of the after-school curriculum, serving children between the ages of 5 and 12 and focuses on instilling behaviors that promote healthy living. The program not only teaches children about muscular strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance, but about healthy eating and balance. United Way funds provide financial assistance to families who cannot afford to pay membership costs at The Family Y.
Jacob was a member at The Family Y, but could never get into a good routine due to the limitations injury. After speaking with his doctors, he knew he would need to lose some weight before undergoing a surgical procedure for his back to increase the likelihood of good health outcomes. Thanks to the help of some employees at The Y, Jacob learned about the Group Lifestyle Balance program and signed right up.
Over the course of six months, Jacob lost 37 pounds and is feeling so much better. He learned that better eating habits and exercising does pay off and thanks the Y staff for all the encouragement, confidence to set goals, and lessons he's learned to meet those goals.
Volunteer with The Family Y
Due to licensing requirements, The Family Y is unable to accept volunteers for Group Lifestyle Balance and Champions Challenge. However, individuals can sign up to volunteer when family engagement activities and events arise.