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Armed Services YMCA Working for You

By: MC2 Daniel Taylor, SURFOR Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO – Vice Adm. D. C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, toured the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) facilities on April 30.

According to Brittany Catton, Development and Public Relations Director, the ASYMCA offers free, confidential in-home counseling, youth and community programs that help children connect to other children in their community while they have educational experiences, and gives the parents a little time to themselves. ASYMCA also offers programs at Naval Base San Diego for active duty Sailors, mostly for volunteer opportunities, and Naval Medical Center programs for families of special needs and injured patients.

“It is important for our young Sailors to have organizations like the Armed Services YMCA to provide a place for them to gather with other Sailors, involve their children in the community, or have some one to talk to,” said Curtis.

Just like all the organizations that give aid to military members, the ASYMCA needs to get its name out to Sailors and convey what it can do for them in order to effectively carry out its mission.

“It is essential that Vice Adm. Curtis and other Flag officers understand the free programs we offer so they know where they can send people for help.” said Catton, a San Diego native, “We get calls from Family Readiness Officers and Ombudsman all the time with special emergency situations, and a lot of different programs, like the confidential, in-home counseling and emergency assistance.”

The services offered by the ASYMCA can help Sailors with problems, get them more involved in the community or just give them something to do on a Saturday afternoon.

“It’s neat because you see some families use services across the board. A family might be in for counseling, and then you see them at an event like the Christmas You Missed or Mom and Tots, and you can see them actively bonding and connecting to help lower their stress,” said Catton.

Military members are encouraged to sign up on ASYMCA home page at www.militaryymca.com for more information on up coming events.

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