Adair County Family YMCA

Dear Y Family:

Many people restart their year and make goals on January 1st, but the start of a new school year has always been my time for change. It's hard to say goodbye to the warm sun and long days of summer, but I cannot help my growing excitement for fall to start changing our views. We are packing up summer camp into boxes and dusting off afterschool boxes, the fitness instructors are gearing up for a start to a new semester and as we wave goodbye to some of our summer kids, we open our arms to the many friends that will return for the fall.

We are a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. The YMCA is not a facility, it is a movement that joins 2700 other YMCAs across our great nation, all deeply rooted in our mission: to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Our founding scripture is John 17:21, that all may be one. I truly hope that each time you come through our Y you feel like you are a part of this exciting movement and that our staff is here to serve you. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.

That's why strengthening community is our goal. Every day we work side by side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or backgrounds, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. The Y is so much more than a building, we are a mission driven movement focusing on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. The Y is made of many volunteers, members and participants involved in so many different ways. Do you have a Y story to share? Would you share it with me? We are the Adair County Family YMCA, you belong here and it is my hope that you feel welcome here, each and every time you are involved with the Y.

Sarah Riffer

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