Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA in Cranberry

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Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA in Cranberry:

Offering Financial Assistance, an Expanded Wellness Center and Motivational Programs for Spirit, Mind and Body

2017 brings in a wealth of changes and opportunities at the Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA in Cranberry Township, beginning with the ribbon cutting ceremony of their new Strength & Conditioning Wellness Center on January 20.

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The Aquatics Center at the Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA, home of the Riptide Swim Team, has programs available for everyone from infants to Active Older Adults! Families often enjoy quality time together splashing around during open swim times!

“The new Wellness Center is going to be bigger and have more equipment. This will significantly increase the availability of machines for individual workouts and classes with our personal trainers and instructors,” explains Executive Director Carrie Ohorodnyk.

“First, one of our three gyms will be converted into a strength and conditioning area. There we will have weight machines including specialized equipment known as a ‘RIG’.  The new ‘RIG’ comes with a full array of cross training equipment and programs such as TRX©. Our new strength and conditioning area will also have free weights and an indoor turf section complete with push sleds and tires.”, continues Ms. Ohorodnyk. “Meanwhile, our previous Wellness Center will be expanded to include an additional 22 new pieces of cardiovascular equipment and a new cycling studio. There will also be a new group exercise studio enabling additional group classes for all ages.”

“We will also continue to offer our incredible handicap-accessible equipment. This equipment has helped numerous people overcome, manage or improve their overall health in regards to their physical challenges including rehabilitation from injuries, strokes and much more.”

The Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA also offers many significant programs to help members eliminate motivational barriers, such as programs to help with weight loss, access to personal trainers, yoga for stress reduction, just to name a few. “We also have an exceptional program called Delay the Disease,” comments Ms. Ohorodnyk. “This program is designed to specifically help members diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.”

Since its founding, the YMCA “believes in providing the support, guidance and resources needed for everyone to achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body.” To accomplish this goal, the YMCA dedicates itself to removing barriers, whether they are financial, physical or motivational. The Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA in Cranberry Township helps eliminate barriers by renovating and increasing their wellness center, offering state-of-the-art motivational programs for the spirit, mind and body and providing financial support for membership and programs fees to those in need.  You can read more about these opportunities and the experience of a local family below.

The Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA is conveniently located at 2001 Ehrman Road, off route-19, in Cranberry Township.

For more information on the many programs offered by the Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA in Cranberry Township, visit http://rose.bcfymca.org or call 724-452-9122.

 

 

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left to right: Molly, Kathleen, Katie, Dave & Liam Lovett

Both Fixed and Temporary Financial Assistance is Available!

If you or your family are experiencing a time of financial difficulty and are struggling to afford your membership fees, you can apply for financial assistance. Scholarships are funded through the Annual Strong Kids Campaign and you may be eligible to receive assistance if you have a fixed or limited income or have recently had a change in your financial situation. For example, if you are on disability, social security or have experienced a recent job loss, you can apply for fixed or temporary financial assistance.

In one such case, a single-income family with three children found themselves suddenly out of work. Y member and stay-at-home Dad, David Lovett of Cranberry Township, explains what happened:

“My family and I have been long-time members of the Y. Growing up, the kids loved the aquatic area with the sprinklers. As they got older, they became very active in team sports including soccer, flag football, run club and so many of the things the Y has to offer.”

“Then, a little over a year ago, we went through a financial setback for a few months. My wife got laid-off from her job and so our single-family income was instantly cut by forty percent. In reviewing our budget, we decided that our membership to the Y was a luxury and had to be cut. Fortunately, when we went to cancel, they told us about a partial scholarship program that was available to those in need – even just temporary need. We applied and received assistance.

“What an amazing difference it made! My wife and I spent time taking classes and working out together which was an incredible stress reducer and enabled us to stay focused and work through the situation together. It was also great for the kids because they too, had a place to go, to stay active and gave them a sense of security and belonging. Fortunately, in only a few months we were financially back on our feet.

“The best part though, I must say, was the positivity and encouragement, from members, staff, and everyone we encountered. Their positive energy was contagious and was such a help with our outlook in keeping us positive about what the future could hold.”

For more information on how you can apply for financial assistance, visit http://rose.bcfymca.org or call 724-452-9122.