Apr 23, 2017|
United Way’s Terri Westerfield discusses the many services offered by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.
United Way’s Terri Westerfield discusses the many services offered by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.
United Way’s Terri Westerfield discusses the many services offered by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.
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Everyone and welcome to united way lived united I'm Gary Westerfield. So pleased today I'm welcoming to the program Julie Roberts who is the director of the west saint Tammany YMCA. Don't well it's the first time he's been here wolf thank you so much I appreciated it's amazing set up a lot of their loves to. Tell you talk about a lot of stuff going on right and your wall. Good yet to do relatively new compared to come. They're too is that you're struggling and say you're absolutely we are we on the new side of it that we've been and are building for ten years we've been to North Shore for about forty years. But we say hello is the once they've been in America. This theory 1851. You're talking a 166 years and 67 years we've been to New Orleans area for about a 166. Since thinking it so. Log on. An amazing just because YMCA eat there there's I think people often say that. You love Hawaii and if you need it you can find it at the walk because the YC is a constant in any community. Our region I think it's I think that's true. And you play an important role you adapt it needs of the community and you're helping people really find a brighter future absolutely we stress too because. It ties in with the united way of what we are doing. Yeah I wish copies so easy and we have a blueprint for prosperity. And we're trying to eradicate poverty our region were strategically investing in programs initiatives collaborations and Abbott is different because we also would have been our community's greatest needs. And we have this bold vision. Of equitable communities were all individuals are healthy. Educated and economically stable and that's in Jefferson Orleans plot commencing Bernard saint Tammany tent how. And Washington parishes. And a lot of the programs that you have at the Y they fit right yeah. A little today they overlap so much for what the united way does that we truly appreciate any collaboration that we do. Ugly image in a few things the YMCA being in every community Torrey over towards governor YMCA's in America. Onion we ended funny stories do you bring this out had a couple come in two days ago they're looking for a subdivision in our neighborhood in us as and his particular place you look for. And the lady said I want to be near YMCA. He's moving from an area that had a YMCA and she knows that. This is what this is what she gets which comes to the wife and so different types of lies you always find a bigger why are small lie but the truth is or else there for the same thing. And I love the fact I even told us to give him a spokesperson for just got off amazing. Maybe you wouldn't believe there because. Just think of all the men an effect let's talk a little bit about the reported all the programs that just there are so many things that are offering YC a YMCA. To not only the neighborhood of our whole community it's an integral part. It is yours is very much is about you know the biggest thing is a YMCA's a put in place to and you trust has just now with community needs. When you get put and so community you wanna make sure you're addressing what community needs were not just to Jim we're not in a place to come exercise to have those and we appreciated all. But the truth is we're trying to make it a healthier happier place to live and does so we we try to address the families we try to address kids we have youth sports we have elsewhere programs we have our community outreach initiatives that we do as well but some already different depend on why you go because community's gonna change in the knees. They're different with the so exactly to your place we have more kids right there I might have more youth programs are much with seniors I feel worthy exercise that there's only Easter onyx are right are just didn't get the playing cards I mean anything. Exactly we are very much family oriented on our side him at the west saint Tammany YMCA and that we do he being used which program we have here some swim lessons swim instruction program. A lot of family oriented things going on so much so that we are in the middle of expanding right now are all kids corner activity center area because. We we have to accommodate the number children that's coming in how many do you have hot how much you've grown mcginnis I'm saying just 2015. We grew 14% overall membership in in 2016. We grew 26 more percent. All my game right so if you had a TV on you know why I have no hair right now. So there's Otis. I'm trying to do it so it's an absolutely wonderful feeling they were watching the growth in its neat to see the community response what we're doing the walk in said the growth. Is inevitable force right now as laws we keep the Customs Service and quality where it is. And now it's just on the tightest on expand walls when he's a great feeling. You speak with such passion all the girls are a smile I was told by a friend of martial artist and it's yeah its. The yes program at the washed it passed joy asteroids how do you. His story so much joy I'm asking you here we get a share with audience I absolutely can and I really want people to listen to us for for the white purpose not for the mean purpose personal story but it's really what we represented. I grew up. And not the best household. And it's no offense to my family it's just wasn't a healthy and happy place to be home so instead of going home evening's I would have a French drop me off at the YMCA. Now of course that sounds very commercialized but the problem was I didn't have membership money I didn't have any of that I would sneak around the back of the line that would breaking and how we jump defense I wasn't a bad kid on a wanna put that out there I'm just saying you're just trying I was I knew the buttons and how far can test the limits inside and jump defense I would bring a basketball now which you all for hours. And and eventually we get caught. Then don't it was a pleas of refugee relief was it was very much a safety political what I needed I did not go there to vandalized or discard any wind it was really just a place of safety for me. But I didn't know what the Y represented I knew it had a basketball court that was easily accessible. I'll bite here's what the wash story comes in the play the lady that you see catch me outside would never asked me to leave. She would say once you come inside and help once you come get a guest pass you have a couple of dollars to pay for gas past anything that I could. I make sure that I was in myself a way to get there. That he eventually turn into what you're seeing how went after school while she work with the camp Q it's. Would then became a camp counselor and a sort of help with sports program eventually got a job. It started literally started my resume starting my life off. When I became a school teacher for twelve years this executive position opened up the law applied forward. An and after. A long. Six months of trying to see where I'm gonna fit and I get the job. And now I can honestly say I'm the executive director of the YMCA and I used to break into. Twenty years ago your dream job is absolutely my dream job in knots I say this I don't know how many people out there can actually say this. My life has culminated always up to this point I am in the position that. I was built for and I don't know how. How else to say at the to know that being a teacher and being that that Indian affair with person and care for kids in everything that I've ever done in my life. Is all wrapped up until once he makes it started there that's part of the wise mission yes it absolutely is to find the community needs in an Aussie that a lot the pitcher it is. That we we are here to help. We are not here to just promote health. We are here to help and I want people to understand that you can come and watch for anything and if we don't have it we will find for you wanna be a bridge to everything else that the community offers. And mr. because there's so many nonprofit partner absolutely also insane Tammy you have a litany of others in Helmand mentor teacher yes I was recently here. That you do you stress the different partnerships. And let's see I was lose I'm going through some minutes that you have. All kinds of of different folks you've got the school. Lord yes saint Tammany parish hospital as sheriff ought all of these different group they are in in any event other non profits in its not about us and it's not we want the wind stayed represented who were supposed to be pitcher it is we want to build our community up strengthen community needs. In so senate takes partner with people and collaborate with our is that. I hope palace is a great. Cause an exchange club has a great cause and so you start saying how can we were together. To make the community better. And and it works if. Are what I fumble his tier I need to put my glasses on a fact no but. Who wants a greater Covington saint Tammany parish firehouse and number thirteen absolutely Tammany parish hospital sleep ten meters school board as we mentioned. Saint Tammany parish sheriff's office Covington food bank boys and girls clubs. United way. And isn't it isn't that what we are about to actually what we're working to get a collaborative lead you to try again we keep talking about meeting the needs of the committee that if that's so important. And right now we're talking about different areas are no in saint Tammany. There has unfortunately been a high incidence of suicide else other things would that people lost jobs and downed all right and our local economy and the oil and gas sector are right. On the teams play and and that's when the Y and united way and others really come to the. More from a latte what are biggest things we're doing right now and wanted to community Neeson and we've done a statistical research in UC drowning is a lot more prevalent these days. And so much so it's it think it's per day it's in Serbian 300 some kids per. Agreements are 3500. Kids per year. That trailed. And ice the second leading cause of death between kids one in fifteen years old where the Venice of the south due out got a little learn absolutely of people say swimming pools and yes we have swimming pools here but we also have creeks and rivers and lakes and by using every Demi we all our water. You can so when you say. Kids that drowned its all its not always a swimming pool it's just it's small things that you would never think his apparent so. Part about initiative is to not only teach kids to swim in war safety programs but it's also to educate adults to make sure. That the environment that they had their children and is it safe environment. It's two fold. It's a process but we're going to curve distance to drowning trend in movies and you know I know that you've often talked a lifeguard classes and perhaps a list of the mechanic of the Red Cross I guess again another part. We do are exactly we do lifeguard class we do CPR first a class we do swim training classes you can clearly come to Hawaii and we will find a way to help in some fashion of what we're doing as far as wanna safety. We'll both talk a little bit more about that because I some of the things they have children. As six months old McCain yes are you already getting in the water and getting them yes to adapt to radio right float these moms they're of that. That he did the teacher the coach what it was like. This is your first search about the. Oh well again here's another life story and I am unsure Shannon said Joey can probably talk today that a I put up. And again coming from a poor community grownup I was not come from a family of money by any means I do not have swim lessons I was the kid with the big yellow life preserver on in the pool. But no matter where we were off camera with yes sir I didn't learn a sore until I was thirteen while an incident at eight years old it's like a life preserver all fighting wanna be embarrassed by where and it. In how we go around agent pool. Just to fit in. In every now and in whether a kid was playing in order was my fault I would slip off enough float like a brick so I would hit the bottom of the coal boom in dobbs. Being it is sometimes he would see me soon enough and sometimes they wouldn't and often pull from a pool twice unconscious. Now so I can't tell you are CPR was reform I can tell you that I'm here today. And I never knew why those things happen you ever wonder why you're still here in and realize maybe this is why I'm still here receive help other kids. Possibly save themselves from Florida. You're right and he's he's themselves into a water boy you succumb to peer pressure which relative so your circumstances house I grew up in the suburbs which was. Quickly growing in a little there was nothing nothing like subdivisions re dropped out of the right guy right. Their words from polls anywhere until we nickel labors but some men you know all of that and think you're 1415 year old girl lighten up on and I am you know. If it did you do you succumb to peer pressure to do barest that's something that the white trash and that well and works out really are in building self. UTU's leadership in self esteem his son. Major major plus because the reality she want kids to be honest with themselves and now share another story with you we we have a grant that we got from YUSA. To give fifty kids free swim lessons school when you make a phone call you say you know what who needs it the most Boys and Girls Club. Has a group that needs that they need to know how to swim I'm so we call him an asset how many kids he had to sit seven to. So I'm not going to be the guy to say we'll give me fifty ultimately going to aside so this is where the YMCA in Vienna nonprofit to funding comes into play. We use what funding and resources we have as a YMCA nonprofit and we bring in the other 22 we combine it all into seven and two kids. The story goes. I have also me too and Jim and I'm doing I'm being me and I'm talking to play with the kids and I asked the kids how many you all already know how to swim. And I promise you eighty to 85% of kids raise their hands but today. Well that's the thing and so I acknowledged to kids that didn't raise their hands because one I appreciate their honesty. And we all got them out to the pool and about 1515. Total. Kids knew how to swim so your target and a handful of about sixty kids that thought they could swim. The danger debt debt lies and that fear of admitting that they can't swim is what causes kids to trailed. So we really want kids understand that water is not you can be curious but it's not meaningfully way. Now I know you want to be honest and soccer. Well now you know you talked about this summer's coming up it's rapidly yes I definitely lists first I think they're already gone what. What do you book that summer camps what about special days things were kids and parents he can sign up yet. And can we talk a little bit about I mean we did mention money is there he is there a sliding scale. Are there more grants available and we try to do some funny way how does that all work every. One of those things you mentioned as a possibility we obviously have a membership and is an affordable membership geared towards families in communities so we're not there to make money as a nonprofit if you cannot afford to come to to why we haven't opened doors program that we run that you come fill out the paperwork. We do the background. Obviously for your finance purchases and we say. This is where we can put US. And even then if you're in a non member in you still want a child and swim program or use sports program they're still financially available to make sure we serve everyone. We just had a big leadership team meeting and we. We've recreated a model and three words. It's serve support connect the world have to be able to do those three things in our communities we wanna serve our community we wanna support a community we wanna connect a community. Can we were already lady's secret at the same thing absolutely not absolutely. The night and it really is that's that's the great feeling of being in a nonprofit which so many other good nonprofits around we all have the same mission and it may be in a little. Different path but it's all with the same result is to make people better and that's what we wanted him. Let's talk about some of their programs of your mind because the swimming is so important yes but you do you've got. Some summer camp they going to be coming up it's a really interest in things I know that got one there. This talks about Castro about its run again I. That's up our analysts are we had a so we have an obvious appearance of fundraisers and wanted to fundraisers we have coming up right now is our heroes I'm not sure heroes and I. Absolutely. Love this because what we do as we get nominees. Nominations from about ten to fifteen people we will choose that are. Just unsung heroes in the community and it you wouldn't imagine what people that. They don't need to publicity dummy defamed you don't need to beats holding things but they have people recognize that they send it to us we make the phone call. We have a huge white linen luncheon forum you know we honor. Ten to fifteen people that come their play anymore that we can honor we have to keep within a certain time limit and it just. It's just an amazing evening it is and it's no dry eye in in the building because. It's amazing to see with so many people do and and from all walks. I mean from a school nurse to a student who. Literally gave up all of a savings of my canned goods to give to the food bank it's things that you hear like Danny see these people have to be recognized because. He is so much negativity in a world that we get fed that so much that. I want here with the good people do and we have to promote because it cannot aspire to be polite and yeah they can inspire Ashley and others as an aid that is my drive because as much as I wanna be. The inspirational role model to others they have no clue how much have a role model to me it keeps me doing what I do. So I love a lot of heroes. I'm we have healthy kids that coming up on April 29 okay is not just us editing nationwide YMCA program. That healthy kids day YUSA. I mean YMCA. And it's it's a data come to Hawaii in bring your family and bring kids in. At every YMCA they'll have something going on for kids. And then there's certain. Things so village where wave and join a few that day. Will have the slide we have to store water slide at west think Tammy that will open up that day. We have a bean bag toss tournament we'll have that day. It's just a big family funny vent using music everybody includes a smaller part of very little committees are clearly yes and it's our and it's not just physical health promotion of promoting. To what to eat the things and prior Paris hospital be there will have several vendors as far as coming in and just promoting the healthy process of what the once he represents. Eat that healthy eating he's and that you were also pioneering diabetes yeah of course things sorcerers are a bit sometimes. As you said in his hectic. You know deciding which we live. Maybe both parents are working meteors per household bomber dead as two or three jobs right kind of setting for yourself. It's so easy knowing all like to indulge our guest for the road it. We have to look like it you just like putting just when you've got to learn. Not tolerate Tricia you said the right word it's easy and we always human nature settle for easy sometimes and any EC is I got three kids McDonald's is right on the way home bullets stopping growth something in his no. I have nothing against McDonald's but the reality is you have to learn to. Get that balance died and then I was so much so of what you do physically. I have people come to work out and don't eat the right foods where you're not doing yourself any good at all so wasting right so are. I appreciate the fact that you know there into their exercise program but if you're not eat right foods. It's it's never gonna show you what you want to see forget we have to be fueled in the right doing right osment yes yes absolutely a absolutely insane. I just a lot of the large because it does culminate all I have a case elegy degree. And so okay so get your way out it is it is very much again wrapped up into who I have the YMCA represents all aspects of health and and that's what. That's what I was born to do it thinks you almost. It would target amount that they are quite we've got camp but it can you talk a little bit about summer late summer camp portrays some and what's so what they were kind of because. I've always found that some of the camps and that YMCA's offer they're just so. Creative and amazing yes depending upon what that community went. Went out those folks look. And it depends on what's while you're at and and what they find in their backyard parents of a you lines so our our lines he has a very admire very much fairly friendly we're very Al towards the especially on a nor story when we get the kids out about we do field trips every week. We represent probably aren't 140 kids per week. I it's a it's a lot it's a juggle a specially when I say where we're growing and there's a space station on NC you feel you have a 120 kids are and it's you facility. That's a lot to keep up with the so kudos some odd. The youth coordinator because she's she does an amazing job coordinating. Events and placement in everything without disturbing membership in everything goes on with life. So as a very big collaborative effort just inside the ones he walls with summer camps. Now is it I will go Monday through Friday and I wanted her Friday I was angry we will start in a may very subtle warning gives time ties but there and start we have early morning 730 drop off I think camp actually starts at nine. I it'll run until 3 or 4 o'clock dependent on what's while your right but it is very much a a useful source for parents are still working throughout summer need to put their kids it's affordable. They swim every day and they are they use the slider every day it's day. Again it's just it's gains its fitness it is not. And I will stress this it is not just sitting around and ABC an answer is yes you just mention beginning to think of that's important because bush about the summer slide the brain drain right. The kids keep them intellectually they rushed as well absolutely we have to make sure that these kids are moving into movement is everything so where they do need some down time expressing with the summer heat. You get the kids out you very masa so we have coordinated so that there. They may be any heat midfield player for law of Internet AC and relax and to some arts and correct so it's a constant switch of making sure these kids are safe environment. Also productive and fun and physically active environment so it's a great great program absolutely recommend YNC summer camps. We talked about in your youth you kind of heated moment does the program is volunteering. Do you have any need for volunteers. Or a guy we can't keep up the camp counselor. You can go to though YMC website wind Sager in one's website and in dom there's a volunteer listing you fill it out you can tell what you want to which workers has made and what's. Facility you'd like to volunteer at and it gets email tell us Suisse and it's had a right apartment and make a phone call and it starts at the schedules it's pretty easy. Is there any kind of match the scale out and if you say I like sports and I want to you and I'm on the North Shore. Well it's gonna gets into the sports aren't osh or negative make contact for you come in and would now we have to go through background check like that or to make sure that the environment is safe for the kids. But reality is people who are volunteer you can tell their whole heartedly into volunteering in its I love it absolutely love. Enjoyed it and it would balloting in terms of are we we've got record swim lessons and has talked about a couple lifeguard yes and summer camp. Let me show at what else because I have a list of all is that it ultimately that you're doing what you Wear these again are having a job that I am bald and I. Order years ago and a head full hair and it's it's only been great. Right now at this moment I'm not have Rachel Jonas are associate. Swim instructor she is overdue clinic's department a whole YMCA okay he is in Baton Rouge meeting with the governor right now I'll make a statewide initiative to make sure that. Every child knows how to swim. When you say drowning is preventable it is very much preventable. It was great having Al Morgan she's amazing at what she does and so it is it has gotten to that point where. We hit we can make this a statewide initiative for Louisiana which needs it the most under sings a lot absolutely and in the think here's where. I guess must spiel comes into play. Drowning is not a reactive he fit you have to be proactive because if you're being reactive about drowning he's a very much too late. And so please if you know that you when he gives us something. Proactive drowning programs is where it's at because. You may not see it but you gotta know when a kid turns fifteen in eighteen you see kids in a pool. Somebody pay for a child to get swim lessons and I'm not everybody can afford it so we say non profit and people want to reach out and give and help. I've received so many phone calls of people just literally and it's it touches me I'm saying how can I help I would help this program. And that's how it starts it's amazing to know that. There are people in the world care hospital Odyssey. Well and getting that affect the partnership yes that you develop in the with a non profits and how we do work again cooperatively right absolutely spatter. Well and booking huge you do it when I mention this only because we talking about the safety and you blessing to him why. You know what we should tell everybody where you're located out folks it isn't covered path it is we've just a little bit but but. Where it is it's 71256. Francis road Covington Louisiana a we are. Quote actually we've been mixing years but not not a lot of people knew we where we used to be on highway 190 which is a very main road by Covington. Everybody knew where we were and then they moved right after Katrina. And I think everybody thought that the winds are just close down what to do is they bought a piece of property talked in the woods it's very nice and neat. But you would not believe how many people walked in my for adoring go I cannot believe this is the YMCA. Like it's. It's so much into different it's new equipment it is I think. That equipment two years old there is force is a great. Facility it's a wonderful building I I encourage people literally just come by come see it just come visit lettuce so walk through just so you understand that. What she used in no of the law he is now a lot different what one is today and and we're still expanding growing so. Very privileged to be a part of this growth pattern because. It's the why if you ever look at history the wires always fluctuated in times of need and are really think the world needs good things happening right now. And I love the fact that the Weinstein is on the front end of the good things happening in so. We will continue to grow Purdue over supposed to do. We don't know you are family oriented but I am I gonna throw an action hero. We are grange society the baby boomers. Yes and here's a guy that's your I did not get that not that I thought. But. More and more you're you're seeing it it didn't we don't want to admit small amounts that we okay it's a royal way America is approaching senior status. But we want to come there're there are exercise program writing until we can do so mightily to stage it but to what to feel. Yes that are well let me tell you had some different to about it to feel better part in exercise program as we have a silver sneakers program it is very it is absolutely. We have a huge senior population every every one of our. Facilities that are but act at west saint Tammany. It is ever growing. In the North Shore and we see it we see an impact again that's another cause for growth foreigners hello limits they wanted things that we have that. That nobody ever thinks and its level it is a great opportunity forcing its economy and and learned islands and learn strength and keep that core strength that they need to. I guess have been more folks are more physical and drew and but the other thing you see is. We have members that never even really make it to the workout facility because they're so social and they find people that the attached themselves to. And they'd love being around each other and it's almost as Joseph is an important. I think the coolest memory I have of right now I'm on my birthday last year I walked into the why it was about 11 o'clock. And we have a a nice foyer we have coffee in front. There's probably twenty to thirty seniors being an affront in a moment a war to the door they also are sing happy birthday Sammy and it's that feeling of not just because it's my birthday. But guess what the wind is like I got a why you so home to me that. It's neat to see how much social socialization happens just within the walls with seniors are. We've lost a couple of members and wanted to stay in it happens but one of the most amazing things that I have seen is how goes to the funeral. And half from our membership is there there there it's just truly am it is it is absolutely family and you can't get any place else I love it. Well joy you a I tailored just human running right now ominous sign up all of a I'm going to be driving from LA plurality. Now I'll pulpit. But that's a good thing but if we can just speak quickly because it might not a lot of time temperature dour about the locations yes you're talking to the west again to get this battle long time absolutely yes. But YouTube bell. Chase we have belts a line NCA we have each FY MCA and we have a more plaque was YMCA as well and we have yes adult literacy program chip and runs so there's always a YMCA nearby are definitely stress that. No matter what broadcasts is coming from a hot iron near you somewhere somewhere pleased to website and WW WYMCA in New Orleans dot org. And please visit once you get there it's it's it's a standard web site into funnier locations force once the association goes so. Please come visit come tech is no reason not to know there really isn't I hate to say that there really is no reason and our currency. Joseph you've been wonderful thank you Julie Roberts executive director of Wesley Tammy YMCA. Actually like this has been a great I'll. Does make me smile and you you energized. By being here I appreciate an audio Jack around my life. And YMCA I ask you we're so proud as what do you got a ways largest and most important can these ED partners here in the greater new world and Syria. And all of you we thank you fertility and today we do want to Yury. Member of the united way of southeast Louisiana has a blueprint for prosperity we want to eradicate poverty in our region. Were strategically investing in programs and initiatives collaborations. And advocacy efforts to meet our community's greatest needs. So if you would like more information please visit united we Selig dot org gets asked ELA united we see Ella. Dot org. You may call area code fives are 048225540. You can find us on FaceBook. At the united way seal or you can even follow us on Twitter at the united ways Sheila. We asked you to join the united way you can give advocate volunteer and what is it joy we're gonna connect we're gonna connect a service support we're doing it but we're doing doll. And if your Jovi one last note let's live united that the united and and thank you for all you do to Terry thank you Joseph it.