Published: January 26, 2015
As part of the Fund a Need auction, Bridgewell is able to purchase group memberships for individuals in our services to attend local YMCAs/YWCAs. We distribute the memberships to programs and individuals that have interest in attending YMCAs/YWCAs to become active and healthy.
Judith, who lives at our Merrill Street residence, is energetic and outgoing. She was very eager to take advantage of the YWCA membership offered to her through Bridgewell when it became available. With a personal goal to exercise more to maintain her weight and decrease anxiety, she started attending an Aquatics Yoga class twice a week at the YWCA in Newburyport.
Pictured above: Judith, left, in the pool with her aquatics yoga instructor.
Not only has this class made her healthier, but also the other women in the class have embraced her as part of their group and she has been able to form meaningful relationships.
Over the holiday season, all of the yoga class got together at a local restaurant for a Yankee-swap holiday party, which Judith enthusiastically attended. Being part of this group of women has really motivated her to stick with her exercise routine and help her achieve her goals.
Thank you to everyone at the YWCA for creating such a welcoming environment. And, thank you to the generosity of our donors -without these private donations, none of this would be possible!