“Maria now sees herself doing things that she couldn’t do before… it’s priceless.” – Jessica (Maria’s mom)

8 year old Maria has a unique form of cerebral palsy that prevents her from participating in everyday fitness activities. Maria’s mom, Jessica, learned about the Y’s Adaptive Fitness program and thought it would be perfect for her little girl. The program is designed for Y members with diverse abilities and offers adaptive fitness equipment, while fostering an inclusive environment for our entire community.

“The program is good for Maria’s socialization” says physical therapist, Tracy Stoner. “She gets the benefit of seeing other kids, unlike in a PT clinic where it may be more isolated.” The long-term goal was for Jessica to bring Maria to the Y and have the ability to exercise as a family. She’s achieved that goal, all while witnessing her daughter’s incredible progress. “Maria now sees herself doing things that she couldn’t do before… it’s priceless.”

Photo by Errol Ebanks

Our Mission

The YMCA is an association of people of all ages, ethnic groups and religious affiliations that strives to cultivate the human potential, self-esteem, and dignity of all people. Our organization exists to develop and practice the Christian principles of love, caring, inclusiveness, justice and peace…and to enrich the emotional, physical and social life of all individuals, families and our community.


Stronger Together

At the Y, we stand against all forms of racism, discrimination and hatred. We have a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and compassion for all.  We share the grief and outrage felt by the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death.  As we watch and experience the unrest and violence that continues to erupt throughout our communities, we acknowledge that this reality is fueled by generations of injustice. Together through the Y, we can be a positive force for change in every community we serve. We must unite. We must be heard, and we must do better.


Due to scheduled protests, the Central and Walnut Street YMCA's will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 5th.

The Sussex Family Y will close at 12 p.m. on Friday, June 5th.

The Bear-Family Y outdoor pools will close at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 7th.