One Step Beyond provides empowering programs and services to individuals who have Intellectual Disabilities and their families. One Step Beyond creates unique opportunities and promotes community inclusion. Several of their members enjoy our basketball courts, cardio equipment, and our free weights! One of their staff members shared that “going to the YMCA helps our members with their independence and gives them access to a variety of equipment. The YMCA staff not only embraces our members but participates with them to help motivate them. Their kindness is so appreciated.”
Our Y staff looks forward to seeing our friends from One Step Beyond. We love seeing them grow strength-wise and earning leadership and job readiness skills. One Step Beyond uses the YMCA to teach some of their participants important job skills by having them help us clean up some of the equipment and empty trashes around the facility. Darian Cunningham, a participant of One Step and a member of the Y, said he enjoys going to the YMCA and working out and that “everyone is so nice!” At the YMCA we strive to make sure that everyone feels welcome.