My Y Story: Rosa - South Sound YMCA

My Y Story: Rosa

The YMCA Community Café for Active Older Adults saved my mental health during this pandemic. – Rosa

As a graduate of the YMCA’s Pathways to Wellness program I have enjoyed the benefits of the various opportunities for enrichment in wellness, community and mental health that have been provided. But as with everyone else this past year’s national pandemic and other national issues have made my path to wellness fraught with barriers. My situation was made worse by my eldest son’s passing this past February.

My grief and social distancing created a depression such that I cannot remember ever experiencing. I was overwhelmed, alone and struggling to find purpose to each day. Getting out of bed was a tremendous chore. But then an email from the Y appeared in my inbox about this new virtual meeting for seniors. I responded out of curiosity and from the first Zoom meeting found just what I needed to steer me back on course. The camaraderie, openness and common experiences we share helped me to realize I was not alone. What’s more, every meeting was a reminder that there were still resources at the YMCA from which I could benefit. Since then I looked forward to each week’s meeting. It became my lifeline. The group and I couldn’t get enough so another, less structured group was created on Fridays called the Breakfast Café. What a great way to start the weekend!

I cannot thank the Y enough for adapting so much to the needs of our community, especially to our senior citizens, to me. It may be the Young Men’s or Women’s Christian Association but it belongs to all of us and thank God it does.


The YMCA Community Cafés bring together those who are 55+ to build health in spirit, mind, and body so that no one is stuck and alone during this pandemic season, but rather thriving with greater purpose, connection, and well-being.

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