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Preparing for the Future

October 25, 2020 | By Jordan Miller | Mon Valley YMCA

Providing comfort and helping others is a significant part of my life. This is one of the reasons why I love to volunteer.

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Focused on 250

June 10, 2019 | By Brittany Mucy | Mon Valley YMCA

At his annual physical, 68-year-old Francis had a wake-up call. His weight was so high that the scale could not provide a reading. He was off the charts.

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Frank's Back

August 24, 2018 | By Mon Valley YMCA | Mon Valley YMCA

For many, walking in the fresh air, socializing, and relaxing all contribute to the enjoyment of golf.

Frank Ruffolo spent the majority of his life playing this sport . . . until September 2016. What began as just another beautiful day on the green was only the beginning of Frank’s problems.

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Louisiana Native Makes YMCA Home

June 29, 2017 | By Melissa Petruzzi | Mon Valley YMCA

Cristal Rettger, 34, of Monessen first discovered the services of the Mon Valley YMCA six years ago when she started the Mommy and Me program, but that was only the beginning of her involvement with the YMCA.

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From Day Care to Director

June 22, 2017 | By Melissa Petruzzi | Mon Valley YMCA

Robecca Novotne-Castner, 28, of North Charleroi, brings her son, Carter, to daycare at the Mon Valley YMCA every day. Castner went to the same daycare when she was Carter's age, and now she utilizes the service while she goes to work at the YMCA as their Human Resources director.

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Building Strength and Gaining Friendships

June 15, 2017 | By Melissa Petruzzi | Mon Valley YMCA

Sis Bethem is not a typical 88 year old woman. She has endured six fractures and seven hospital visits since 2012, including time in intensive care with her initial fracture.

What sets Bethem apart from the norm is how she decided to handle her recovery. Bethem began utilizing the Mon Valley YMCA to work out after completing physical therapy with each fracture.

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