The Y Impact ... In Jessica's Words
My apartment – the home for my 4 kids – was flooded in a giant flash flood that impacted the City of Lynn. In addition to rising water, my roof collapsed. I was only able to salvage a few of my kids’ items. Luckily there were no injuries but everything, I mean everything my family owned was gone.
Did I mention that I had nothing left?
So my 4 kids and I went from house to house to sleep on couches, floors and occasionally a motel. This was our living situation for months. Home as we know it was reduced to a plastic bag of personal items.
To complicate things, I suffer from Lupus, which can be triggered by stress so I had to manage this throughout the months of uncertainty.
Finally I had a meeting with the Y and learned this:
No one is turned away for inability to pay. In fact, they immediately said that all 4 of my kids could attend YMCA programs at absolutely no charge. Who does that?? I learned that THE YMCA does!