MY Y STORY - Denise Castillo


Denise moved to Iowa from Mexico 7 years ago and started going to the YMCA 3 years ago. She says she wishes she had known about it sooner because it has become one of her favorite places to be. She commented that when she walks into the Y, she forgets everything else and gets to spend peaceful time with herself. She is very grateful for the free, dependable childcare that the Y provides and that enables Denise to consistently get a good workout in. Her young son, Danilo, has loved going to the Y’s swimming lessons and dance classes. Throughout the short interview, Denise raved about the Y facilities. She said she feels very safe at the Y: everything is kept very clean; people keep 6 feet apart and do a good job at wiping down the equipment after they use it. For Denise, the Y has become the place she goes to relax and spend quality time taking care of her health.