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"We love the Spencer Family YMCA and are grateful for the opportunities for children. Our kids became involved with the Y as infants in childcare to preschool to after-school care. They have had fun with their friends learning to dance, swim, cook, play volleyball, basketball and many other activities over the years. We are so lucky to have this wonderful facility in Spencer." -Amy Simpson
" I love coming to the Y in the mornings after dropping my older kids off at school. The Child Watch lets me have some me-time and get my workout in without my 2 year old climbing all over me. Aurora enjoys going to play and making new friends. Aurora's day isn't complete unless she gets to play with her new best friend Collins. We have known Hilary and Collins since last Spring, but have become good friends in the last month coming to the Y together." - Natasha Bovee
" I have lived in Spencer for 3 years and just joined the Y a month ago. The first thing I thought was why didn't I join sooner? The Y has been nothing but a positive experience for me and my family. Everyone here has empowered me to try new things I wouldn't have tried on my own. I love that I can workout guilt free while my daughter Collins is having a blast at Child Watch. Collins looks forward to coming to the Y to see Aurora and to give Megan knuckles at the front desk. We met Natasha and Aurora at the library, but coming to the Y has given the girls their time and the moms their time to connect. " -Hilary Olson
" Kids Club is fun. Demi is my favorit teacher there. Today I had no school so I went to Kids Club and Demi was the only teacher there and when we went outside we played hide and seek. I love hide and seek. When Madi got here Demi left Kids Club but shes going to come back in a littl bit. I love Kids Club. You should listin to your techer all the time because I do you should to. Madi is my favorite techer to." -Brynlee
Steve McCormick and Jiggs Jorgensen met at the Y in December for the first time. They began with small talk while exercising in the Y's weight room. Through their talks they found they knew a lot of the same people. As the weeks went on Jiggs and Steve started meeting each other to work out together! Steve explained that by becoming friends we were also making watch other accountable to exercise. Jiggs says he thinks "that's what's great about the Spencer Y, it gives us retired people a place to go and get some exercise along with meeting new people and talking with old friends."
Steve Quattlebaum has been a Y member since 10/12/2015. He recently has been kicking his life in high gear trying to get healthy. Steve visits the YMCA 3 times a week and it is really making a difference in his life. Steve stated "The Y provides me not only with the tools to get healthy, but also the encouragement I need from staff and other members."
Three year old Bradie Boyer loves the YMCA Childcare because " I like to read books in the library!"
I can't say enough positive things about having Miss Julie and Miss Tammy as part of Brennan's early education. Ever since Brennan started coming to the Y as an infant the activities that went on in this classroom always caught my attention. When Brennan was old enough to be signed up for this class, I made sure that I did so the day registration opened as I did not want to pass up this opportunity. Since school has started, I have loved seeing how his little brain is soaking up everything that he is learning. My favorite part of my day is when I pick him up and hear "mom...I can't wait to tell you what I did today!!!" Truly music to this mom's ears. Every day when Brennan wakes up one of the first things he asks is "is it a school day or home day?" When I respond with "school day" he always responds with a "YEAH!!" like a first day of school YEAH!!! I look forward to what the rest of this school year will bring for Brennan in regards to his developmental learning, relationships built with peers and staff but most importantly the skills that he is learning that he will carry with him through life. So from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU Miss Julie and Miss Tammy for all you are doing for Brennan. It is very appreciated!!!
I have been coming to the Y since I was in 5th grade (I think...there was carpet on the walls). I have worked here off and on for 25 years, trained here with Tammy McKeever for a triathlon and watched all 3 of my boys participate in many after school activities as well as youth basketball league. Nowhere else can I take my family and do a variety of activities and exercise options....LOVE the Spencer Y!!!
"Having recently retired, I soon realized I needed to schedule some type of consistent fitness routine for both my physical well-being and my sanity. i thought a membership at the YMCA would be a good place to start. I was committed to finding a program that would be both challenging and realistic. Not knowing where to start I signed up right away with one of the YMCA personal trainers. It has been both rewarding and fun to workout and to feel the benefits of maintaining the best health possible. Life is short, keep moving and think fun!"
"I absolutely love my work friends! Thank you co-workes for all that you do and making work in Kids Club even more enjoyable than it already is. I honestly have the best job ever with the best staff! The kids make it such a fun job also. I love to spend my workday playing with the kiddos and seeing them outside of work makes my day! Love my YMCA family. I miss them so much when I'm in Cedar Falls at college. Honestly the best job I've ever had, my heart is definitely at the YMCA with the kids and staff!
Gary has been a member since 1986! "I enjoy the Y because it's great place to come meet people, swim, workout, lift weights and be a member of a great community!"
"I exercise Monday through Friday. I use the elliptical and weight room. I enjoy seeing the same people every day and hopefully staying in shape. It is a great facility with great staff and it was well worth the investment!"
"Our family has been fortunate to use the YMCA childcare program for almost 10 years. We first picked the childcare program at the YMCA because we knew our child would be in a room that was targeted to their age. Over the years my children have developed relationships to last a lifetime and have learned educational skills as well as physical skills. It has been a huge convenience to sign our kids up for the YMCA's school age programs. Since childcare is in the same building the teachers have been able to take our kids to classes like swim, t-ball, kickball & sort-a-sport; this has allowed them to experience more activities at a younger age."
What I enjoy most about the Spencer YMCA is the amount of accountability that is present through friendship, classes, and challenges. The morning classes are the best way to start your day. You are completing something before most people even get out of bed. I recommend finding a class to try with your friend(s). Attending classes together will help keep you accountable, and you will enjoy your time together as well.
Our daughter Maycee fell in love with the Y! She went to both the 3 and 4 year old preschool and also childcare. She formed a very special bond with Miss Hayley one of the leads in daycare. Maycee graduated from the Y and Hayley agreed to go to a movie with her and they have gone every month since then. Maycee is so excited every time we walk into the childcare area and is greeted by Hayley. As a working parent it is so nice to know that our kids are loved at the Y!
I really enjoy Zumba Gold! I have always enjoyed watching dance and this class gives me the opportunity to get my exercise with something I enjoy. It helps me physically, socially and spiritually. I focus on improving myself and look at what I can do, not what I can't. I miss it when I can't get to class because of the weather or my schedule. Erin's creative dancing is inspiring. I probably won't audition for Dancing with the Stars but I will continue going to Zumba Gold.
Adam has recently lost 215 pounds...half of his original body weight! He plunged head first into his weight loss journey after he underwent spinal surgery. "My surgeon did have some words that stuck: 'I fixed the frame, now you have to take the snow off the roof." Adam did just that, he removed the snow and looks to a bright and sunny future. Adam utilized the YMCA to assist him in his weight loss journey. Adam stated that the Nautilus room is his favorite area to workout in.
"We have had a great experience at Studio Y. My daughter started dance when she was about 3. She is enrolled in Hippity-Hop, Tap, Ballet and Gymnastics level 1 rollers. I like that Studio Y has smaller and more personable class settings. Throughout the past few years dance has taught her confidence, discipline and commitment. The instructors at Studio Y are excellent and passionate about what they do. I always look forward to the end of the year recital because the instructors and kids put so much hard work into it.
Kamryn attends our 3 year old preschool program and is also in our 3/4 year old early childcare center. Kamryn's favorite thing about preschool is playing with her friends. She likes when Miss Erica tells her things so that she can learn, and her favorite center in preschool right now is the auto center where they fix bikes and toys. When we asked Kamryn what her favorite snack is she replied, "animals crackers". Kamryn also told us that she loves dance and she loves when her teachers take her to dance class.
"I have worked for the Spencer Family YMCA for almost 3 years and I love the people I have met along the way. My son McKlain has been able to attend childcare, kids club and special events put on by the YMCA, all while I'm at work. The Y is so much more than a gym and a place to work out to me. I have not only met goals for myself as an employee, but my son has made many memories."
"In June 2019 I started working in the one year old room as the lead. I love it here, and enjoy coming to work every day! I love the children and enjoy teaching them and seeing how they change and grow. This is the only room for me! Thank you parents for sharing your kids with me!!"
"We often do not appreciate the things we have until they're gone. For me the Spencer Family YMCA is part of my daily routine. Whether I'm lifting weights, participating in a small group training or swimming, my day always starts at the Y. It's more than just a place to workout. I've developed great friendships and obtained awesome accountability partners too. In the last week it's felt like a horrible nightmare we've been living and I realized how critical the Y is to me. My mornings at the Y are essential to how my day is going to go. It's therapy to my body and my mind and makes me a better wife, mom and employee. Even with the Y shutdown they're still finding ways to keep us healthy. I've been able to attend a few "live" classes and checkout equipment for my home workouts. Thank you, Spencer Family YMCA for being such a great advocate to the health of our community. I appreciate you!"
Jim Reis recently became a new member with the Spencer Family YMCA. We see him daily and are so proud of all his progress. Jim tried several places before coming to the Y. "I love the variety, friendliness and guidance I receive from the staff, they're always helpful. The YMCA offers so much more than any other places around town."
"Our son Luke has been taking the YMCA youth classes since he was 3. Luke looks forward to his classes as he says it's his favorite part of the day. The classes have taught him how to play different sports, how to interact with other kids and good sportsmanship. Paige is a great teacher because she has a lot of patience for the little ones. Our family loves all the amenities the YMCA offers."
Ask any four year old, "What is your favorite part of school?" Of course they will say, "PLAY!" There two say their second favorite part is, "The yummy snacks!" Our childcare, preschool and school age programs have amazing snacks, but shhh...don't theel the kids, they are healthy too!!
"Aqua joints helps me a lot with my joints and it makes me feel really good when I'm done, I really like this class! The Y give me opportunities that I can take advantage of to stay healthy and fit."
"During this whole whirlwind, the YMCA Childcare has been more than amazing! They are very kind and understanding that my schedule does not stay the same. The staff bend over backwards to make anything and everything work for all the kiddos. The creativity to keep kids entertained and educated is so fun! I am thankful I have chosen a daycare that is more like family than just a kid drop off"
"The COVID pandemic has taken a toll on not only us as parents, but our kids emotionally. I haven't seen Zarah so excited in weeks as when she found out the YMCA was offering her dance classes through Zoom. This is an amazing opportunity given to the dancers to continue to learn their dances, new technique and still be part of the YMCA. we all are looking forward to the day classes can start in the studio, but this has been amazingly the next best thing!! Thank you!!
"Being members of the YMCA for over the past 20 years, we have had the privilege of taking part in various fitness classes, playing in certain leagues and utilizing the weight room. Fitness is a huge part of our lives. During the shutdown, the Y allowed us to check out some equipment so we could still maintain some of our fitness while at home. We are so very grateful for that opportunity. After a month of doing home gym workouts from our garage, we are beyond thankful the Y has reopened so we can get back to doing some of what we enjoy to help us stay healthy."
Moving to Spencer, IA from Hawaii was challenging for our family. Luckily, our family found the Y, and this place has availed us multitudes of friendship, community, and great opportunities for our kids such as swimming with Miss Cheryl, dance classes, childcare and preschool. I would like to talk about the Preschool that is being offered in the building in particular. Our five-year-old has learned so much from Miss Julie and Miss Tammy this school year, ad this includes singing educational songs, learning all of her alphabet and sounds, shapes, numbers, writing, learning about animals and gardening to name a few. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the community, and as soon as the shutdown, transpired, by the next day, both teachers were able to provide educational materials to be sent home to the kids. This proves how prepared they are as educators. In terms of communication, they always respond to the seesaw app or text messaging. They created weekly zoom meetings and Miss Julie never fails to make her daily live lessons entertaining. Miss Tammy made a special folder with pictures and copies of schoolwork that our daughter did throughout the school year. All these efforts attest to their caring characters and the love for what they do. I highly recommend the preschool offered at the Spencer Family YMCA.
"This will be my 3rd year lifeguarding at the Spencer Family Aquatic Center. I love having a job that allows me to be outside, work with people my age, and offers some flexibility so I can still play high school baseball. I also look forward to interacting with the kids that come to the pool every day."
"We have been Y members over the last 30 years. Five years ago, Josh Kelly, a former personal trainer at the Y, helped me rebuild my strength, my balance, and overall my body after a major medical situation. I now enjoy and stay active in the adult fitness classes offered at the Spencer Family YMCA!"
Kayden has been a member of the Spencer Family YMCA for 8 years (since he was 9). "I enjoy the YMC because of all the great activities and events that are offered. Their weight room and basketball court have helped me stay in shape and healthy."
"Having the Y here in Spencer has been fantastic for our family's fitness and childcare needs. We've had two kids go through the childcare center and I would recommend it to everyone! Our son has played basketball for years and has done all the little tikes sports. Our daughter just started swim lessons and she can not wait to see Sam every week. The Y is a huge part of our life and we wouldn't know what to do without it."
Wendy has been a Y member for over 23 years! In the past she has taught swimming lessons and fitness classes. Currently Wendy is just enjoying the facility as a Y member! "My passion is bodybuilding. I absolutely love the atmosphere the YMCA provides. I can go in the weight room and meet people of all ages and goals with just the common desire to get stronger. I feel there is a nice variety of weights and equipment so that I can get a well-composed all over work out. My training has taken me to a few different competitions but what I really love is just being there on a day to day basis. The staff are always very welcoming and friendly and make me feel part of the Y family. I would never hesitate to recommend the Spencer Family YMCA!"
"With working here at the YMCA for 2 years, I have grown as a person and as a teacher. Working with the children in different age groups, I have learned a lot about them. The education I have in Early Childhood Education, has taught me to teach the children as much as I can. I am so happy to be part of this environment!"
"My name is Jason Schjoth, I am 45 years young. I started my fitness journey here at the YMCA in Spencer Iowa. I was overweight, depressed and well a little lost in life. I decided I had to do something to help myself as the weight had started to affect my physical and mental health. The doctor even wanted to start me on medication, but I opted to man up and do this on my own. I started at 250 pounds and decided to join my local Y, which thank goodness has changed my life. Not saying it was easy...but WORTH it!! I quit the fast food, started to eat healthy and hit the gym 1-2 times a week. Each day I felt better and better. After awhile working out got easier and the weight was dropping off. I was then told by my doctor if I kept doing what I was doing that I would not have to be on medication. It is amazing knowing that I started at 250 and got down to 162 pounds. It was all the hard work at the Spencer Family YMCA! I am now in the best shape of my life! It just goes to show that you can do this at any age. When you feel like quitting just remember why you started."
"The YMCA has always been there for my family and for the community. We moved to Spencer in 2014 and I immediately began to look for a place for to workout and for our daughter to be able to socialize with others. I love the YMCA for the family atmosphere and diversity of people and all the different age groups from young children to seniors. The people that work there are always cheerful and helpful. The YMCA filled that nee - whether it was gymnastics, dance, racquetball or swimming. And, through all of these years, my daughter simply thinks that she is having fun growing up in a great community of people. But we know that she is learning life lessons and creating friendships that will be important for the years to come. The Y gave us a community, a place for us to go to become better, healthier and happier people."
"Our family was really blessed with the opportunity to have 6 of our kiddos be able to take swimming lessons through the Begin to Swim program at the Spencer Family Aquatic Center. Julie and Sam were so patient and helpful with our crew. They took the time to get all the kids names down and you can tell they love what they do by the genuine smiles on their faces. Our kids looked forward to each lesson. They all have gained more confidence in their swimming abilities and had a blast doing it!"
"I've enjoyed coming to the YMCA ever since I was a kid. Sun, rain, or snow, it provides you with everything you need in order to feel your best and keep your body and immune system in optimal shape! The welcoming hellos and friendly interactions from not only the staff, but also the other fellow members, make the experience that much more enjoyable. It's one of my favorite getaways whether I'm looking to get a good sweat on, have a relaxing time or even just get some good social interaction."
"When starting at the YMCA I never realized how much of an impact it would have on me, from growing as a leader, to building relationships with families in our community, and growing amazing bonds with every child in our program. The stories and laughter shared with each child reminds me of why I love what I do. I have learned so much from my coworkers and my amazing leaders Amy and Erica. They have helped shape me into who I am today. Easily the best job ever!"
"Erin and all the coaches at Studio Y did a great job at their recital this year! The kids did wonderful!"
Cristian has been a YMCA member for 10 years, since he was 7! "I mainly use the YMCA for its weight room and cardio room. My family also enjoys using the pool and basketball courts. The YMCA has a great variety of hard working people. The staff makes the Y a safe and friendly environment."
"There are several reasons I enjoy working at the Y. I;ve enjoyed getting to know the staff and members, they are friendly and have become personal friends to me. I enjoy keeping the bilding clean and I have a great supervisor. I really love working here!"
"I keep exercising and coming to the Y to keep from getting old."
"I have worked in Kids Club for 5 years now and I can honestly say it is the best job I have ever had. When first starting here I never realized how much I would love working at the Y. I quickly realized how big of an impact the children I see every day would have on my life and how much I enjoy getting to know all the kids and watching the grow. I also enjoy working with my coworkers and sharing in all the laughs and smiles every day. I have learned so much from each child, coworker and my leaders Amy and Erica. This job has helped shape me into the person I am today!"
"I've been coming to the Y for many years now and have had plenty of joint issues. I can honestly say that coming to the YMCA and working them in the pool has helped immensely! Not only has the Y helped me with my joint health but it is also a great place to come and socialize!"
"In the last few years that I've been coming to the Y, I've met some really great people. I utilize the Y mainly for the weight room and the winter racquetball league. Through both of these activities, I've been able to not only stay in shape, but have made a lot of new friends. The Y staff is also extremely friendly and helpful. They always got out of their way to greet you and make you feel welcome."
"Our children have grown up participating in programs at the YMCA. They were able to gain skills in order to interact with other children even before school. As they have gotten older, team sports have encouraged sportsmanship, confidence, and team-building. There's something for every age, every interest, and every skill level here at the Y!"
"This is my second year of participating in Girls on the Run at the Spencer Family YMCA. I enjoy this program because I get to run and exercise with my friends. I also really like the coaches who teach us about being mentally tough and believing in ourselves."
"We have been members at the YMCA for a little over a year now. When choosing to enroll our daughter Collins into a 3 year old preschool, it just made sense she attended here. She is very familiar and comfortable with the staff, since the majority of them knew her from drop in child watch. The high light of her day is when she is rewarded 5 smileys and gets a prize. Ms.Erica and Ms. Hayley are doing a wonderful job educating her and teaching her developmental skills. We love when she randomly burst into a song she learned at school, or hearing her say "My teacher taught me to say, Please Stop!" One of the benefits of her being at the Y is she is able to participate in swimming lessons. They have made it very convenient that she goes straight from school to the pool. We are so grateful for the memories and friends our daughter is making for her first year of school."
"After 4 1/2 years of YMCA child care, Kendall started 4 year old preschool program this fall. I have been happy with the care she has received since day one at the Y, but this program is on a whole new level. I cannot say enough good things about it, from the teachers and staff to the daily activities. Miss Julie and Miss Tammy are amazing, and provide the children so many opportunities to experience hands on learning - practicing yoga, caring for animals and digging in the dirt in the nature center, to working on phonics and social skills. I love seeing all the aspects they are bale to tie into their current theme - having a visit from a firefighter, learning fire safety, and creating their own safety plan for home one week and the next picking and weighing pumpkins, testing buoyancy in the pool, seeing the different parts, and then watching them decompose! The communication and updates make it easy to see what they are learning, and provide great suggestions for parents to tie the learning in at home. Best of all Kendall truly loves going to school and is excited to share what she is learning. Thank you for this amazing program!"
"I like the atmosphere the YMCA gives, it is always positive. I like using the facility to run and lift weights."
"My son Gage has been involved with Kids Club for about three years. We have been through our share of ups and downs with his anxiety, but ultimately the time, willingness and communication of all their staff that worked with me and my son is something I am very grateful for. Without the YMCA his social skills and excitement to see his friends, rather school or staff, we wouldn't be where we are today. Gage enjoys going to the YMCA for Kids Club after school and especially on no school days where he gets to swim, play dodgeball, or football with his friends."