Y Heroes: Joshua Shelton-Dowden, YMCA Camp Silver Beach

22 February 2017

In the Spring of 2016 “Nana” or Cheryl Morris contacted YMCA Camp Silver Beach to see if there was any way possible she could give her three grandchildren the CSB experience. Nana called camp and explained that she was disabled and that her disabled daughter lived with her with her three children. She was dedicated to making sure her grandchildren did not get into trouble or involved with the wrong crowd and only wanted to give them all she possibly could but had very few resources of her own.To say these three children were given the experience of a life time is an understatement. The middle son, Joshua wrote us a letter which I think sums it all up. This family is doing all they can possibly do to get through life, never expecting anything from anyone, and most of all, appreciating everything to the fullest!! Joshua and his brother, Daniel and sister Merideth had a life changing experience and CSB is at the heart of that I am proud to say. Joshua felt everyone is out to hurt him and his grandmother and mother want him to see there are nice people in the world and it seems he did just that!

As a part of our 2017 Annual Giving Campaign, we are showcasing a different person (or family) at each of our family centers. We are calling this our Y Heroes project. This video platform is a way for us to highlight people and/or program areas that have been positively impacted by the dollars we raise as a non-profit organization and relate back to each community our Association serves.

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