Impact Stories

Many of the Y stories below are made possible through community support. When you give to the Y, 100% of your gift goes to programs and financial assistance for children, families, and individuals in need. Together, we can close the achievement gap, promote healthy lifestyles, and provide life-changing experiences to families. Help transform lives by Donating today.

Tomorrow Monroe

After the loss of her oldest child and a cancer diagnosis, Tomorrow was in search of some much-needed stability and normalcy for her and her two children. “I was struggling. I couldn’t work. I had depression, anxiety, and PTSD. But I knew I had to keep moving.”

Gary and Kathy Chaffee

Upon retiring, Gary and Kathy Chaffee moved to Central Delaware. Not long after their move, both had a knee replacement and were working hard to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. They knew they needed to find a place that would help them continue their weight loss journey ...

Ayanah Jones

Ayanah “AJ” Jones exudes the kind of welcoming energy you aim for in someone who works the front desk at your organization. Her confidence is such a natural part of her presentation that most would be surprised to know that AJ was struggling just a year ago. “I had issues with anxiety,” she says. “And I didn’t know how to break out of that...

Jayce

In describing the role that the Y played in her family, Jayce Leon uses the word “essential.” In 2014 the Leon family moved to Delaware because of Luis Leon’s job with the Air Force. Just a few years later, Jayce was diagnosed with breast cancer. She completed most of her treatment while Luis was deployed...

Audrey Smith-Bey

When Audrey Smith-Bey found out she had uterine cancer in 2016 she was shaken by the diagnosis. A few months after her surgery, she found the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. This free 12-week exercise program creates a welcoming community in which cancer survivors can improve their quality of life ...

Rena Baldwin-Baxter

A little over a year ago, Rena Baldwin-Baxter’s husband, Kaheem, suffered from serious medical conditions and was unable to return to work. Then, four months after her husband was declared disabled, Rena lost her job to company-wide restructuring ...

Kourtney and Kymani

“We were struggling financially from all the medical bills and the loss of my job. I didn’t want Kymani to suffer. Finding a way to send her to camp was my problem. She has had enough to deal with,” ...

Charesse Benjamin

Charesse Benjamin is a single parent who was at the end of her rope. She had split with her daughter’s father and moved from New Castle to Wilmington. Her daughter Cyani had begun to act out. “It was hard on Cyani with all those changes. She was lost and I didn’t know how to help her,” ...

Keri Edwards

Keri has been a long time member of the YMCA of Delaware, participating in programs such as soccer, day camp and Youth in Government, a mock-legislative program that helps teens develop confidence, practice leadership and learn civic responsibility...
Travis Nock - Mission

Travis Nock

Travis who has limited mobility in his legs started looking for a place where he could exercise. Specifically, he wanted to be able to practice basketball in a gym and use a hand-cycle for cardio workouts. He called numerous places in Sussex County, but he was unable to find what he needed until he visited the Sussex Family YMCA...

Tracey Walls

When Tracey Walls first joined the Western Family YMCA, she was not in a good place. Several of Tracey’s family members were dealing with serious health issues, the family business was taking a financial hit, her son's college tuition started to add up and Tracey’s father unexpectedly passed away...
Nicole Kennedy, YMCA Intern

Nicole Kennedy

Social Anxiety created problems for Nicole as she moved throughout school and it became more and more difficult for her to find her voice. In the sixth grade, Nicole joined the Youth In Government program. Today, she acknowledges that her involvement in Youth In Government was one of the best decisions she made in life...

 

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.