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. Anyone who came across Tracey may have noticed, she was having a tough time.

One day while at the Y, Tracey met Elizabeth, a Water Aerobics instructor. Thanks to Elizabeth’s encouragement, she started attending classes regularly, lost 71 pounds and made many new friends. The Water Aerobics ladies don’t just work hard in the pool, they support each other inside and outside of the Y. They meet once a month for breakfast, bring each other meals, and host showers when their children get married. Initially, Tracey came to the Y to exercise and escape from life. Now, she not only fulfills her health goals, but more importantly she has found a community to help her face life’s challenges.

“Coming to the Y is like my therapy. If it wasn’t for Elizabeth and the ladies, I don’t know how I would have the strength to go through life. I realize now that I need to take care of myself, so I can take care of my family.”



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.