An inspiring story of healthy living


By Megan Carolin, Member of the Birmingham Family YMCA My weight loss journey began in June 2013. I was 311 pounds at 25 years old. I was experiencing headaches, dizziness, heart palpitations and general discomfort. My day-to-day life was fairly miserable. I was slow to move, often feeling run down and sick. Every day when […]

In honor of President’s Day:

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”

-Abraham Lincoln

News: Detroit Swims receives $25,000 donation

Healy Harris and Youth

Featured on Local 4 video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player   Ilitich Charities donated $25,000 to the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit’s Swims program, which provides Detroit youth with free swimming lessons to address the fact that young people in under-served communities often do not learn critical water safety and swimming skills to keep them safe. This is the third year in a […]

Cooking Matters provides free cooking classes for Detroit families


Through a partnership with Gleaners Community Food Bank, the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit is hosting Cooking Matters, a six-week, hands-on cooking course that educates Detroit families how to get more food for their money and maximize nourishment from their food. Participants learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in delicious and healthy ways. The two-hour-per-week […]

How this Y employee is changing the game for kids with special needs


On Tuesday, Jan. 27, Mark Ralko, a personal trainer at the Birmingham Family YMCA, was recognized as a Detroit Pistons Game Changer for the incredible work he is doing in the community. Game Changers are the everyday people making a difference within their communities through service, leadership and volunteerism, and only a handful of people […]

Six ways to stay connected to Nissokone


See the original e-newsletter here Are you an alumni of YMCA Camp Nissokone who wants to stay connected to the camp experience forever? Or are you just a fan of what we do here at Nisso? Either way, we(‘d like to) welcome you to Nissokone! Below are six simple ways to stay connected to camp, […]

The 2014 YMCA John C. Brooks Award Goes To…


Today we recognized Ron Deneweth, of Deneweth, Dugan & Parfitt, P.C., as the recipient of the 2014 YMCA John C. Brooks Award. Ron is a committed member of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit Board of Directors and actively tells the story of our Y to both encourage investment in our mission and to spread the […]

Quicken Loans donates $5,670 to support the Y


On Thursday, Jan. 15, Quicken Loans donated $5,670 to the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. The LIFE region of Quicken Loans, which consists of 103 mortgage bankers based out of downtown Detroit,  entered a company-wide competition to reach a certain goal, and as a result of the team’s hard work, donated to a charity of their choice. The impact […]