In September of 2017, Denise was traveling back home from visiting her daughter and wasn’t feeling great. She went back and forth but ultimately decided to go to the doctor. At age 49 and 201 pounds, her doctor leveled with her: “Your weight...you’re too big. You’re going to have to do something to correct this. You have to exercise and you have to change your diet.”
It was a turning point for Denise and she was motivated to feel better. She had already undergone several operations on her knees and feet. She had also witnessed loved ones battling various forms of cancer. “So what happened is - I changed my life. I had to start eating right. I had to do everything correct.”
Despite being nervous, she started at the Southeast Family YMCA by treading water with weights in the pool. This built up her endurance, and eventually she was able to sustain a 45-minute workout in the water. “I know that people are afraid of the water; I was too.” She would look around the pool during her workouts and made a goal to swim into the deep end without a belt. With the support of staff and members of the Y, after six months, she did it!
She made a commitment to herself to work out at the Y diligently six days a week and drink only water. Denise lost 62 pounds in 11 months. “I feel wonderful. Like I said, I’m not a disciplined person, but I knew I wanted to live. And I had to change my life - period.”
At the Y, she not only finds herself surrounded by encouragement and compliments, but is inspired by other members’ stories. She has tried almost everything, from yoga to dancing to the treadmill. She even started a walking group at the Y. When the weather got too cold to walk outside she encouraged folks to maintain their new healthy habit and
moved their walks inside to the treadmills. Strength training is her next goal, but she maintains her love of the water.
“The pool is really where it’s at, because you work all your muscles and it’s not hard on your legs. The water is good for you. I love the water. The water will do it! I’m a living witness.”
The Black Achievers Program, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019, has a long history of helping youth view themselves in a positive way, raise academic standards, and build character while connecting them with various career options, role models, and community leaders. The program and these mentors have provided Alyssia Leach with support throughout her high school career and has set her on a solid foundation for success in college and beyond.
She credits her Black Achievers mentors with helping her develop strong time management skills. Despite a full academic schedule (including over 8 AP courses throughout her duPont Manual career, and a 4.2 GPA), Alyssia invests her time and energy into making herself and her community better through her involvement in several school and community organizations like Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Students First, and the Black Student Union. She is also the Vice President of the Leaders of Tomorrow program sponsored by National Black MBA Association. Alyssia is also a member of the New Covanant Baptist Church where she works with the visual and audio production.
As a result of her hard work and with the encouragement of her mentors, she has also had the ability to connect with local business leaders who provided advice and guidance as she launched two businesses.
Now with a full-ride Porter Scholarship to U of L, Alyssia can focus on the education she’s receiving instead of how she will pay for college. She has already set a course for her post-graduate work as a cosmetic chemistry major, which will continue to enhance her cosmetics company, The Black Rose Effect.
“Starting out small as a small business owner as a young business owner, people don’t take you that seriously. But when you show the work that you’ve put in and they see the results then there’s the evidence and proof in itself.”
“With the Black Achievers you are doing things that you want to do: you’re learning about things that interest you. So, in a Business Cluster session, you’re meeting CEOs from around the city, you’re connecting with them. You’re learning how they started at the bottom and got to the top, and those keys are essential to growing a business for yourself.”
Cheryl Allen was looking for additional out-of-the-house activities for her young grandchildren when another parent recommended the YMCA Early Learning Readiness (ELR) Program. After just one session at Roosevelt-Perry Elementary School, all three were hooked, and started going two days a week.
From her own family to neighbors to church members’ children, Cheryl introduced three generations of children and parents to the ELR Program. She shared that two former program participants had such a strong foundation, that now “they’re SOARING” as kindergarteners.
In the ELR program children learn through PLAY (Planned Learning Activities for the Young) are taught basic academic skills to prepare them for preschool – but without the screens – as well as learning life skills to prepare them socially. ELR and the Y’s other academic achievement programs, like the YMCA Summer Learning Loss Prevention program, seek to provide families with much-needed educational resources at no cost.
Guardians stay with the children during the program, which has provend to be as educational to Cheryl as it has to the children. In addition to learning better parenting techniques, she has found a diverse community of people – many from different backgrounds – with shared interests. “I’m learning from other cultures and it helps the children to be around other cultures that they might not be around in our neighborhoods.” As a result, she’s observed that both parents and children are learning that we are more alike than different. A child will discover that “children who don’t look like me on the outside, they are like me on the inside.”
She likes the proximity of Roosevelt- Perry as well as the cultural activities, like to the Speed Art Museum. “I didn’t even know the art museum had a children’s area until we went on that field trip!”
“You want to support the Y because the Y supports your community.”
Guy has dealt with bullying and other difficulties in his 13 years, but at YMCA Camp Piomingo, he is in his element. Having been a camper for seven years, already, he feels strongly that he has found a place to call home.
Anxiety and panic attacks aren’t absent while Guy is at Camp. When they do strike, however, he has a number of trusted counselors who seem to know just what to do to help. And its not only him; Guy mentions many examples of when Piomingo staff have come to the aid of campers who were struggling, and just seemed to know exactly what the individual needed to make them feel better. They also know when to encourage campers to try something new, like a “challenge of choice.”
“Camp has definitely challenged me with doing things out of my comfort zone” like hikes, climbing, and horseback riding. “You definitely don’t have to go on a horse but they challenge you to try.”
The staff at Camp feel the same connection to Guy. YMCA Camp Piomingo’s Executive Director, Bridget Anderson, said, “Guy is a remarkable camper, and a fantastic example of the magic that happens in overnight camping.
When he first joined us he was quiet and reserved but over time found his voice and is now well-known through all of camp. Guy has become a huge part of our Y family.”
This should come as no surprise for a place where the YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility have been embedded into the culture for decades. For 80 years, Camp Piomingo has provided inspiring, engaging and educational co-ed camp programs for children ages 6-16. The 120-acre campus has been home to countless summertime memories for generations of campers, earning YMCA Camp Piomingo a reputation as one of the premier overnight camps in the region.
“It’s definitely taught me how to work with others and has definitely taught me empathy, because I feel a great bond with everyone – counselors and campers.”
Guy hopes to one day be the one providing guidance and making the camp experience better for others: “It is definitely part of my dream that one day I’ll be a camp counselor at Camp Piomingo.”
Back pain took George Plager to his chiropractor, who discovered a worrisome spot on his tailbone. After some tests, the diagnosis was in: multiple myeloma. He underwent a stem cell transplant, started his recovery at home, but was motivated to improve his health further. “I just knew I had to get back into good physical condition.” Then he discovered the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Program at the Northeast Family YMCA.
After beginning the program, he quickly started to see progress and gain strength and endurance. In fact, the YMCA has allowed George to maintain his love for bicycling. Back in 2003, George took a 4,200-mile cross-country bike trip. But bone damage from the myeloma has made road rides dangerous for him. The Y’s interactive bikes and spin classes have allowed him to continue bicycling in a safe environment. The variety of classes, activities, and equipment were a huge draw for George and his wife, Marty.
But then they discovered something they weren’t expecting: a community of support.
LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA allows cancer survivors the opportunity to come to the Y to heal their whole person. Cancer knows no boundaries, but we believe in the power of a strong community of support. The 12-week program empowers cancer survivors to take an active role in their own healing to move beyond illness to reclaim wellness in spirit, mind and body.
“It’s been enlightening - probably the most important part of the whole program is the support and the care and the concern the people exhibit even though they have their own problems."
“The fact that you have this community of people you never knew before and you don’t know real, real well, but you know they’re looking out for you just you makes you feel like you have worth; that you’re missed and you’re cared for. It’s an amazing feeling.”
Camp Piomingo Scholarships
Safe Place Services Shelter House
Pre-school Child Care Assistance
School-Age Child Care (SACC) Assistance
Free Summer Learning Loss Prevention Programs
Infant, Toddler, Pre-School and SACC
Summer Day Camps
Infant/Toddler/Preschool (0-5 years)
Elementary (6-11 years)
Junior/Senior High (12-17 years)
Young Adult (18-29 years)
Adult (30-64 years)
Senior (65+ years)
Policy Making Volunteers
National Safe Place
Republic Bank Foundation
Safe Place Services
Joyce Skees Memorial
For the Period Ending December 31, 2018 Consolidated Financial Statement
(unaudited) (includes YMCA and National Safe Place)
|Community Contributions/Special Events||$6,388,602|
|Metro United Way||$598,701|
|Government & Contract Services||$6,496,875|
|Includes: Community Service, Safe Place Emergency Shelter, Child Care, Day and Overnight Camping, Youth Sports and Aquatics|
|Includes: Youth, Teens, Adults, Seniors, Special Needs and Corporate Health|
|Includes: Black Achievers, Homeless Transitional Residence, Senior Adult Day Care and Education/Achievement Gap|
|Administration & Operations Management||$6,125,242|
|Increase in Net Assets & Reserves||$7,241,322|
|Beginning of Year||End of Year|
|Net Assets (in millions)||(audited)||(unaudited)|
|Total Net Assets||$64.7||$71.9|
|Grants & Contract Services|
|Metro United Way|
|Administration and Operations Management|
Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who give your time, talent and treasure to our Y to help strengthen this community.
Our YMCA works hard to make sure that everyone in our community has access to our services and the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year thousands of individual and family donors provide charitable contributions to help our commitment to that promise. We cannot do it alone. Our YMCA also depends on the generosity of the following corporate sponsors and community partners, who made gifts over $5,000, in that endeavor.
Aegon Transamerica Foundation
Air Hydro Power, Inc.
American Heart Association
Ar-Hale Family Foundation
C. E. & S. Foundation, Inc.
Chubb Charity Challenge
City of Jeffersonville, Indiana
City of New Albany, Indiana
Coalition for the Homeless
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Community Foundation of Louisville
Community Foundation of Southern Indiana
Comprehensive Health Management
V.V. Cooke Foundation
Donald Ostermiller Trust
F2 Solutions, LLC
Facilities Management Services
Ford Motor Company/UAW Local 862
Fred B. and Opal S. Woosley Foundation
GE Consumer Products Appliances
Herman H. Nettelroth Foundation
Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels
Jeffersonville Urban Enterprise
Kentuckiana Allergy, P.S.C.
King Southern Bank
Kosair Charities Committee, Inc.
Lift a Life Foundation
Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government
Louisville Mechanical Services
Luckett & Farley
M & M Interiors
Mahan Foundation, Inc.
Margaret E. and Stephen E. Diebold Charitable Foundation
May Wetherby Jones Foundation
Mildred V Horn Foundation
New Albany Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation
North Clark Health Care Foundation
Papa John's Pizza
ProRehab Louisville Physical Therapy
Republic Bank Foundation
Robert W. Rounsavall, Jr. Family Foundation, Inc.
Samtec Cares Grant Program
The Hazel & Walter T. Bales Foundation, Inc.
Tulsa Community Foundation
University of Kentucky
UPS Foundation, Inc.
White, Greer & Maggard, P.S.C.
YMCA of the USA
Zoeller Pump Company
Tricia Burke, Board Chair
James R. Allen
Tray E. Cockerell
Christopher M. Ecken
Robert S. Harlow, Jr.
Howard Holloman, Jr.
Thomas D. Kmetz
Barbara N. Lankford
G. Bradley Smith
James R. Williamson
Scott P. Zoppoth
J. McFerran Barr
Niels O. Ewing
Gene P. Gardner
Robert L. Hook, Jr.
Joseph A. Paradis, III
Edward W. Rhawn
Robert W. Rounsavall, III
James H. Taylor
Jeremy Willis, Chair
Lou Ann Moore
Jennie Jean Davidson
Doug Phillips, Chair
Kevin Bruce, Sr.
Furman Glenn, Sr.
Henry Doug Phillips
Teresa Couts, Chair
Vicki Zeller, Chair
Robert S. Harlow, Jr.
Helene Kramer Longton
Mark Truman, Chair
Michael Fitz, Chair
Ferdinand Risco, Jr.
Rudy Havira, Chair
Mary Helen Davis
Christopher A. Jones
Lea Ann Pipes
Lisa Fay Wildeboor
Vince Esposito, Chair
Heather Weston Bell
Lisa Oare Neale
Keith Seymour, Chair
Lee Hamilton, Jr.
Lee Hamilton, Sr.
Roberta Hartlage, Chair
Steve Sexton, Chair
Rev. Diane Baldwin
Stephen James, Chair
Eddie Weaver, Jr.
Steve Tarver, President and CEO
Joe Goins, Jr.
Justin Guest, Executive Director
Bridget Anderson, Executive Director
Freddie Brown, District Executive Director
Karen Guttmann, Executive Director
Norman Johnson, District Executive Director
Jeff Jaehnen, District Executive Director
Laurie Jackson, Executive Director
Elizabeth Smith Miller
Kenny Hoerter, District Executive Director
Tracie Colvin, Associate Executive Director
Mike Bramer, District Executive Director
Dotty Battoe Hales
Josh Ransdell, Executive Director
Matt Reed, Executive Director
Tricia Hamilton Eskridge
Sarah Cole Graham
Laura Lewter, Executive Director
Brandon Yates, Associate Executive Director
Tom Whortan, Executive Director
Ronnie McKiernan, Executive Director
YMCA ASSOCIATION SERVICES
545 South Second Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
BULLITT COUNTY FAMILY YMCA
409 Joe B. Hall Avenue
P.O. Box 846
Shepherdsville, Kentucky 40165
YMCA CAMP PIOMINGO
1950 Otter Creek Park Road
Brandenburg, Kentucky 40108
CHESTNUT STREET FAMILY YMCA
930 West Chestnut Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40203
CLARK COUNTY FAMILY YMCA
4812 Hamburg Pike
Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130
DOWNTOWN FAMILY YMCA
555 South Second Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
FLOYD COUNTY FAMILY YMCA
33 State Street
New Albany, Indiana 47150
MIDDLETOWN FAMILY YMCA
12330 Shelbyville Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40243
NATIONAL SAFE PLACE
2429 Crittenden Drive
Louisville, Kentucky 40217
NORTHEAST FAMILY YMCA
9400 Mill Brook Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40223
YMCA AT NORTON COMMONS
11000 Brownsboro Road
Prospect, KY 40059
OLDHAM COUNTY FAMILY YMCA
20 Quality Place
Buckner, Kentucky 40010
YMCA SAFE PLACE SERVICES
2400 Crittenden Drive
Louisville, Kentucky 40217
YMCA SCHOOL-AGE CHILD CARE
2411 Bowman Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40217
SOUTHEAST FAMILY YMCA
5930 Six Mile Lane
Louisville, Kentucky 40218
SOUTHWEST FAMILY YMCA
2800 Fordhaven Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40214
REPUBLIC BANK FOUNDATION YMCA
(Opening Fall, 2019)