"Without the Y and people like Gladys who really care, I’m not sure what would have happened to my son."

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Imagine being 12 years old and leaving the streets of East Boston for the first time, trading  triple deckers and cement for the woods and a lake, and doing it by yourself….... Read More

I have been coming to the Oak Square YMCA regularly since I joined about three years ago because I feel comfortable here. I feel supported yet independent, encouraged but not pressured, accepted... Read More

I am a native of El Salvador who came to the United States to escape the terrible living conditions there in the early 1990’s. When I arrived in Boston, my professional skills were lacking and I... Read More


Two and a half years ago I was laid off, stressed out looking for a job and 30 pounds heavier and at risk for hypertension. I got tired of sitting at home complaining of my knees and... Read More