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. That kind of financial change can be stressful for any family, especially when you have two teenagers with college tuition in their near future. Then, four months after her husband was declared disabled, Rena lost her job to company-wide restructuring. It was a double-whammy for the family.

Looking for programs that could help ease some of their stress, Rena turned to the Bear-Glasgow YMCA. Thanks to donor support and the Open Doors Financial Assistance Program, they were able to join. Since becoming members, Rena takes advantage of Zumba and HIIT classes and her kids enjoy playing basketball, running on the treadmill, or just hanging out with other teens.

“I had no idea they had all these programs. Coming here has really helped me manage the stress of looking for a job and caring for my husband and kids. I am very grateful.”

Not only is Rena getting physically healthier, but she also has become connected to the Y community. “I am meeting the nicest people, and the staff has been so encouraging to our family.”

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