My name is Sarah Barnett and the YMCA has changed my life. Losing my husband in 2010 was a wake-up call for me in so many ways. In order to keep up all the maintenance of my yard work as well as other responsibilities which had fallen on my shoulders, I knew that changes had to be made. I realized how desperately important it was for me to be not only in good health but to tone and strengthen my body. At 58 years of age, it was like I needed to begin a new life.
I am so thankful that my elder son and his wife not only encouraged me to join the YMCA of Greater Birmingham but paid for my membership the first year. The Hoover Y staff welcomed me with open arms and supported me on my road to transformation. It truly was the gift that keeps on giving!
After attending various group exercise classes, my body is stronger and my health has greatly improved. I have been able to not only survive the loss of my soulmate of 41 years but also be an encouragement for others to be productive survivors.
With God's help and the expert advice and support of the Hoover Y staff, for whom I am forever thankful, and due to the fact that they wouldn't let me give up during weak times in class, I know that "I can truly do all things through Christ Who strengthens me"! For anyone who is battling any kind of physical issues, let me encourage you today to reach out for the support of the YMCA. Everyone here is eager and waiting to help you have a healthy lifestyle that will change YOUR life forever as well! Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might!
MISSION: To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
VISION: We will lead our community to become the healthiest in America.
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