We know that when we work together, we move individuals, families and communities forward.
But a strong community doesn’t just happen, it’s the the result of steady leadership, teamwork and stewardship. We strive to cultivate a community that has a strong impact on our members, our staff, our neighborhoods, and the Fargo-Moorhead community as a whole. Below are just a few stories of the amazing things that can happen when we come together as a YMCA community.
Doug Tveiten has been a part of the YMCA since 1994. He originally joined twenty five years ago because he wanted to swim laps, lift weights, walk the track, and take aerobics classes. He had no idea it would become such a big part of his routine and the people he passed in the hallways every day would become like family to him.
Michael and Marshall Brooks
Michael Brooks has been a single dad since his son, Marshall, was 18 months old. He was worried about the cost of child care, but with our Early Childhood Development Program’s sliding fee scale, he is able to save hundreds of dollars each month. “I honestly couldn’t ask for better care! I started noticing a positive change in Marshall after the first two weeks, and each week following.”
Jocelyn joined the Gator Swim Team in 2017. She started with the Developmental Group, and has made it to state every season since she’s started. While making and hitting goals, Jocelyn has found much more in her Gator experience. “I have made a lot of friends on the team, from my Age Group up to the Seniors.” These relationships also help develop her as a swimmer, as she views the older swimmers on her team as role-models.
Reid joined the Y in September 2018, looking to improve his physical health. He jumped in head first, taking advantage of our Smart Start Fitness Center Orientation, Foundations classes, and Personal Training sessions. Through hard work and training his strength, stamina and flexibility improved dramatically. By the end of January 2019, Reid had lost over 70 pounds.
If you’re ever trying to find Dave on a weekday morning, he’s probably at the Y. He spends his time at the YMCA working out or playing handball, his greatest passion. Dave grew up playing handball at the Y in Grand Forks, ND. He now competes in regional tournaments and recently took on a leadership position in the FM Handball Club.
When Rachel joined the YMCA ten years ago, she was looking to join a gym with a great group fitness program. Today, she teaches multiple classes a week – including BodyStep, BodyFlow, Cycle, XYZ, and XABeat. Rachel has always had a desire to help people reach their fitness goals, and enjoys the unique community that group fitness workouts bring.
Mina comes to the Fercho YMCA early every weekday morning to organize the tables, chairs and coffee items in the Social Center. She starts the coffee pots and tidily places out cups and napkins in preparation for when her friends make their way upstairs after their workouts. Mina brings such a positive presence through our doors every day – and makes sure that the coffee pot is always on!
Toni Froysland, a spunky, 23-year-old Fargo-native, simply lives and breathes YMCA Camp Cormorant, the YMCA’s summer resident camp near Lake Park, MN. A recent elementary education graduate from Bemidji State University, Toni attributes her passion for youth development to her 14 years at Camp Cormorant, both as a camper and staff.
The Lindeman Family
Lisa Lindeman’s arms are full – literally. She is a single mother who not only works full time, but takes care of her two youngest twin daughters, Maci and MaKenna, and her grandson, Carter, who all attend the Schlossman YMCA’s child care program. MaKenna is just five years old and has cerebral palsy.
Eric Rogne, a longtime member of the YMCA, has found a way to make the Y part of every chapter of his life. Whether it’s through racquetball, group fitness, or donating to our Partner of Youth Campaign, Eric has found a “sanctuary” in our YMCA community.
Katie King and Isaac Kreft
Katie, a contagiously bubbly 21-year-old, started her first day of work in 2013. As she slid into the water in her brand new ‘swim instructor’ uniform and arms full of kick-boards and sign-in forms, she was trying not to let anyone see how nervous she was.
Has the YMCA impacted your life, or the life of a loved one? Share your YMCA Story with us!