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Ranea’s Journey

A member of the Homestead YMCA shares why she was close to being at risk of heart disease and how she managed to turn things around

Gaining and losing weight seemed to be an unhealthy pattern for Ranea Joyce. Sometimes she was fit. Sometimes she wasn’t. And as her weight fluctuated—so did her self-confidence. Not only was Ranae concerned about her appearance but she was also worried about her health. She had a family history of heart disease. Doctors feared she…


By: Tiffany Woods

Diane Nash Speaks During MLK Inspirational Weekend

Civil rights activist shares message of love and self-reflection at YMCA MLK inspirational events

The YMCA of South Florida’s 12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Inspirational Weekend of events made a huge impact. As part of that weekend, we held a breakfast in Fort Lauderdale and a luncheon in Miami, plus 22 Day of Service projects across Broward and Miami-Dade counties. One of the most inspirational things about the…


By: Tiffany Woods

Stand for Something

Every year, Joe Sanches looks forward to MLK day. It’s not just a holiday for him—it’s a day to serve his community. And he doesn’t do it alone. Joe is the president of D. Stephenson construction company. For the last three years, he has joined his employees in doing hands- on community service projects as…


By: Tiffany Woods

100 Years

It only takes one person to change a life: YMCA of South Florida celebrates 100 years of changing lives

Rejection. It’s a word NBC Anchor Hoda Kotb was all too familiar with when she was trying to land her first job in television. She was repeatedly told that she wasn’t good enough.  She recalls driving across the country, hoping one station would give her an opportunity. It seemed like that day would never come. …


By: Tiffany Woods