February 2017

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati - President's Template

NEWS FROM YMCA OF GREATER CINCINNATI PRESIDENT AND CEO

Engage, ignite, achieve

Greetings from Chicago!

I am excited to join the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati team of volunteers, staff, and partners who everyday nurture a culture that helps individuals and families ACHIEVE goals, build caring RELATIONSHIPS, and find BELONGING in a community that fosters their journeys. I (like many of you) am proud to serve at the Y because it is a cause “worthy of our best powers, worthy of our highest gifts of character, of mind and heart.”

My journey with the YMCA began in 1995 as a board member before joining the movement full-time as the scholarship and education director in Dallas. Since then, I have had the honor of serving in Indianapolis (Ind.), Cincinnati (Oh.), Belleville (Ill.) and most recently at YMCA of the USA.

I look forward to standing with you and sharing our privilege “to work in so important, so hopeful and promising a sphere” --- creating places where people can grow, thrive, and transform!



Jorge Perez
President and CEO
YMCA OF GREATER CINCINNATI

(Quotes are from a speech made by George Williams, YMCA Founder, in 1894)

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SERVING THOSE WHO NEED US MOST


As you may know, February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.

The first YMCA open to African Americans was founded in 1853 by Anthony Bowen in the City of Washington.  For the first 40 years of its existence, it operated independently of a nearby white YMCA.  The Anthony Bowen YMCA was reorganized as an official branch of the Y in the City of Washington in 1905.  For the next 50 years, it was the only YMCA facility in the District serving African Americans.

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THE BRIDGING PROGRAM


Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and prevention, so that those at risk can make choices to live heart healthy lives.

The Bridging Program, which came about through a partnership between the R.C. Durr YMCA and St. Elizabeth Healthcare, is for people who have a cardiac health history who want to make healthy changes in their lives.  Most of the participants in the program have been through St. Elizabeth’s Phase II Cardiac Rehab program and are continuing to work on their new healthy lifestyle at the Y.  Others in the program follow-up with a cardiologist, and are wanting to reduce their risk factors for a cardiac event such as a heart attack, open heart surgery, etc.

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