Matt Dickerson & Legacy
Matthew Dickerson is a Member Service Representative and Youth Fitness Instructor at the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA and a single father to Legacy. Matthew got custody of Legacy not long after he started working at the branch. The Y quickly became their second home. Legacy loves connecting with new people and quickly became friends with all the staff and members. “She loves to put smiles on people’s faces. Members come in here on bad days, and they see Legacy, and they love when they see Legacy, it’s automatic.”
The staff loves having Legacy around. Even though she is just six years old, she helps out and is allowed to roam around the branch interacting with members and staff alike. “You know they say it takes a village to raise a kid, and that's really true. That's what we give off here, you know, we're a village here at the YMCA.” Matthew knows that the staff and members love supporting them and watching Legacy grow.
During 2020, it was hard to find childcare and to interact with others. But Matthew knew that the YMCA would be the perfect place for both of them to connect with others. While she missed out on school, she didn’t miss out on learning new things. Legacy found teachers in the Y staff and members who helped her and Matthew with her NTI lessons.
“You know, since being back in this community and everything the members have really blessed us, one thing about this community, there's Unity.”