I loved my time at the Y. As my titles states, many of our members were small town locals. Every knew each other were welcoming to employees and fellow members alike. Members would make you feel like part of the family. Not just by knowing your name or saying goodmorning, goodevening and goodbye. But by including you on discussions of their mental, spiritual, and physical health. It all felt very heartfelt and by the end of my run, I made friends that I still see and catch up with at the local grocery store or what not. The seniors were reflective mentors, the youth were like the kid brothers/sisters you never had, and every family that came in together, really engage with managers & employees. The staff was super supportive. It reminds me of an "Average Joe's" gym from the movie Dodgeball haha. Whether you're there to lift, take a few classes, or just rack up hours of your work shift, nobody applied any judgment, stigma, or pressure. The Y is really a home.