CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News) – It’s been a year since the horrible flooding of the Katy community, and in that time we have all seen the great works of our churches and pastors. On Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, board members and staff of the two Katy YMCA locations held a Pastor Appreciation Breakfast to say thank you to local church leaders.
In the months following the devastation of Harvey, it’s been Katy’s churches and faith-based nonprofit organizations that have carried the weight of helping those in need. Their members have done whatever it takes, in some cases staying up all night, doing laundry, so that National Guard troops would have clean clothes each day.
“What really happened was the churches jumped in,” said Thomas Polvogt, chair of the YMCA Christian Outreach Committee.
The 30 people who gathered for the meeting also heard how programs at the YMCA continue to provide amazing benefits in our community. While most people think of the YMCA as a place to work out, it’s much more than that. The YMCA is a provider of community services that just happens to have a gymnasium.
Rhonda Reeves grew up in Nottingham Country. She is a Katy native who married a man who grew up in Williamsburg Hamlet. Their lives took a turn when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis while also becoming unexpectedly pregnant. She says it was the YMCA Living Stronger program that turned her life around and allowed her to regain her strength when simple things like walking became nearly impossible. Just getting to the Monty Ballard YMCA for her health assessment was no easy task.
“The people at Monty Ballard (YMCA) were amazing. They met me at the door to help me,” she recalled.
The YMCA programs made a huge difference in her life. She utilized water aerobics and weight lifting to regain her strength. She admits that weightlifting was something that was difficult because MS had changed her body. At the YMCA she was taught about her muscle groups so that she could maximize the effectiveness of her training.
“I slowly got better and could finally get out of my house,” she said. “I want others to discover this program,” Reeves added.
While the YMCA is still firmly grounded in Christianity, people of all faiths are welcome.
“Anyone of any faith can come. We are about community,” said Gregg Coop, the district executive director of the YMCA.