Elizabeth Viera never thought the Odessa YMCA is where her four boys would learn how to pray. She also didn’t think the Y would be her solution to balancing work and caring for her children.
“Finding childcare with the hours I need for care and covering the cost is difficult,” Viera said. “The Odessa Family YMCA childcare made the difficult situation of working and providing for my children possible with their night-time care and childcare scholarship.”
The YMCA Make-A-Difference Scholarship more than lived up to its name for her family—not just financially, but because of the care her and she and her family receive from the Y on a daily basis that makes all the difference.
“They are like family. The staff was there for me during tough times,” Viera said. “My favorite Y event is Thanksgiving. I have no family in Odessa so Thanksgiving is usually just me and my boys. I love the Y Thanksgiving feast because all Y children and their families are together.”
But more than the food and fellowship – it’s words of support that Elizabeth heard from role models like Vicky at the Odessa YMCA.
The simple encouragement made all the difference for this struggling mother-of-four.
“The staff noticed my boys did not have enough clothes,” Elizabeth said. The solution? The Y worked together to connect her with services in Odessa that could provide clothes for her children.
Most importantly, the faith taught, lived and displayed at the Odessa YMCA stands out.
“I can’t say enough about the Y, the staff and what they mean to me and my boys.”