To most people, the YMCA is a great place to work out and swim. But it is my task to remind people that the “C” stands for Christian. I head up the Christian Emphasis Committee for the Katy YMCA.
Our goal is give back in a measurable way to the Katy YMCA membership and the Katy community—beyond providing a gym and swimming pool. We offer programs in different subjects and areas designed to help others.
About two years ago the first Dave Ramsey “Financial Peace” class was featured, and now there is also a Dave Ramsey class for teens. If we can teach our teens to take care of their finances when they are young, it’s better than having to fix problems later in life. Honestly, at the beginning of this week-long class there isn’t a single teen who wants to be there. But by the end of the week they are asking how to go about getting their own check book.”
Marriage Matters, a couple’s class, is about strengthening marriages. A mother-daughter class is available to help moms and daughters strengthen their relationship. In the next few years, more than half the people who are working will be women. Therefore we plan to offer a class for Women in Leadership.”
There is also technology for parents. Some of you may relate to the fact that my own daughter started using YouTube when she was three years old! Children are IT savvy, and parents need tools to keep up.
It may surprise the community to learn that we offer a Christian Defensive Driving Class every two months. But as word spreads, it has become one of our most popular classes.
And we are always looking for new classes that can help people. Presently we are considering a class to help prepare high school juniors and seniors for college. We are looking at a Dave Ramsey course in Spanish that will probably meet at one of the Katy schools in the evenings or weekends.
Membership in the YMCA is not required and classes are free, but there may be a cost for the materials. Childcare is available while parents take the class.
I am personally involved in the Katy YMCA because I think we all realize at some point that it’s not all about “me,” and that there is something beyond. It starts with the families and extends into the community. I would rather help someone one time that helps them the rest of their life.
Join us at the Katy YMCA! We are located at 22807 Westheimer Parkway. The phone number is 281-302-5055. Visit www.ymcahouston.org/katy for available programs.