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Help newcomers like Jane belong and thrive
“When you are a newcomer, even a smile can change your day. I felt anxious about being in a new community and new country, and the second I stepped into the Y, I felt settled. To me, The YMCA is my family." Those are the words of Jane Njoroge, Coordinator for YMCA's Foreign Worker Program as shares her story of coming to Canada from Kenya and finding community at the Y.Read Jane's story
Create opportunities for people like Shelley to grow and thrive
Shelley is a unique individual living with Dissociative Identity Disorder. As she describes, she has 131 personalities within her body, which she calls “parts.” When Shelley Walker joined the YMCA in 2015, it became an integral part of her powerful journey towards physical and mental wellness and finding a sense of belonging.Read Shelley's story
Help people like Eva find belonging
When Eva’s family first arrived in Canada from Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), language wasn’t an issue. Landing in Quebec in 2012, Eva’s French easily got her through high school. However, when she moved to Alberta, that changed and she needed help. That is when she discovered the YMCA’s Bridging the Gap (BTG) program.Read Eva's story
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