So this was my first experience with a hurricane. Bad storms – yes. Tornadoes – yes. Texas dust storms – got that one too. But I’ve never had to worry about a hurricane until now. Having lived in Connecticut for 10 months this storm’s arrival might have caught us off guard. Thankfully our Y members helped me and my family prepare. I am sure that I wasn’t the only one at our Y that had members helping each other get ready. In the end, we were without power for a couple of days. We fared much better than others, especially those on the coast.
What made me really feel proud and connected to our community was coming together – all our Directors at the Y- to open the Y the day after the storm’s arrival. Anyone in the Farmington Valley could come in for hot showers, power for cell phones and computers, or let kiddos get their energy out in the gym. I saw the look of relief on people’s faces when they came in the door and asked “I heard you are open to the community for emergency relief.” A big smile was on our faces when we were able to say “Yes, we are and we’re so glad you’re here!”
I hope that all those people who came to the Y seeking relief found it in our YMCA family, even if it was just for a day.