My Y Story
Member Since 1942
A few months after my husband Joe and I were married, Pearl Harbor was bombed and we were swept into World War II. Joe joined the Merchant Marines and I joined the Greensburg YMCA. While in a learn-to-swim class, I noticed a diving class in session at the deep end of the pool. As soon as I could swim well enough for the deep end, I joined that diving class and was surprised at how fast I learned to do the back and front-flip dives. I am now 88 years old and several years ago, I was able to show off to my grandchildren and great grandchildren that I could still do those front and back dives. All five of my children took swim lessons at the Y, one became a life guard, and three of them (Betsy, Nancy and Joe) joined the swim team, along with my niece Gerry Hisker, and neighbor friend, Karen Marsteller. Keith Fox, Jim Morvetz and Eugene Kowalski were great coaches and those were busy years! Now, several of my grandchildren became Y swimmers and also swimmers on their high school and college swim teams. I have had a chance to visit their colleges to see them swim and win top awards. Today I know that there are still dedicated coaches at the Y. Influencing yet another generation.
As I grew older and my husband Joe passed away, I found a completely new benefit from the Y—I joined a water therapy class that helped me deal not only with the grief of losing my husband to cancer, but also with back pain and sciatica. And more! I was eventually strong enough to join the Masters Swim team along with my daughter Nancy and with encouragement from Coach Mark Barnhart and many dear friends, (especially my locker buddy Carol Zera), the great staff at the Desk and the Maintenance Dept. I am proud that I became a member of a relay team (affectionately called “Three Bettys and a Pat”) that won the “Sports Women of the Year” award. Thank goodness for the patience of the water therapy and aerobics instructors and to Jennifer Prohaska, Aquatic Director, for her vision and enthusiasm. As I look back over the years, the Greensburg YMCA has clearly been a major part of my entire life. I am glad that I joined the Y that day so long ago because I have made dear friends, became a stronger person, and can see that the lives of my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have been enriched by the YMCA.
Keith Houser and Family
Members Since 1993
The Greensburg YMCA has been very good to and for my family. Our years here have been rewarding. The best part has been the way the staff and members have treated my son, Timmy. Timmy is a child with special needs. However, when Timmy’s here, everyone makes him feel special. They greet him warmly, they encourage him and help him. It makes Timmy feel like he belongs.
Amy, parent of a child enrolled in the Early Childhood Learning Center
I researched and visited many day care facilities in the area and found the Greensburg Y met the needs of my children…I am pleased to say the ECLC is far above any other facility. The entire ECLC staff is remarkable. They treat my son as if he was one of their own. As a working mom, this gives me comfort.
I commend the entire staff of the ECLC. The work they do is not easy, and they do it with such professionalism and compassion.
Theresa, parent of a child enrolled in School Age Child Care
This program is a huge blessing for my boy, who attends both mornings and after school. The staff counselors are like family to him…He even gets help with his homework.