Y.M.C.A.

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ymca-bostonPre-dawn, water in the kettle halfway to steam.  It’s New Years Day.  I’m waiting to pour 195˚ water over somewhat fresh coffee grounds.  Standing before the hob in a quiet kitchen, the flame, the gathering water, my cat happily crunching through breakfast.  When a ghostly voice rises from the folds of my robe …

Message from 692- … It is my credit card company, telling me there has been activity in excess of $0.01 … The first CC charge & text of 2017 is from an institution overlooked, ignored, forgotten, and rediscovered.  Part of the daily schedule three-four times a week.  Our local chapter of the Young Men’s Christian Association.

Their short story?  Industrialized London was a bleak mess in 1844.  A farming lad went to the big city to work.  This 22-year old and eleven friends organized a refuge of bible study and prayer, an escape from the streets. 
the-beatles-ymca-promoYears later, retired Boston sea captain Thomas Valentine Sullivan, working as a marine missionary, noticed a similar need to create a safe “home away from home” for sailors and merchants. Inspired by the stories of the Y in England, he led the formation of the first U.S. YMCA at the Old South Church in Boston on December 29, 1851.

Todays schedule includes 30 minutes in the pool.  The YMCA pool.  YMCA staff will receive special thanks for providing a reduced 9am-3pm schedule as the rest of the country rests.

Youth Development   Healthy Living   Social Responsibility

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    January 1, 2017 at 11:24 am

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