Exeter Area YMCA becomes ‘home base’ for Military & First Responders

Apr 03, 2018

April 3, 2018 (Exeter, NH) – Exeter Area YMCA is honored to become “Home Base,” the dedicated meeting space for a very exciting project providing our nation’s active and retired service men and women, as well as first responders and their families, with access to The Military & First Responders Family Story Project, powered by TheVoiceLibrary.net.

“We recognize that the life of military personnel and first responders comes with unique challenges, placing enormous strain on families,” said Tanisha Johnson, Associate Branch Director, Exeter Area YMCA. “In an effort to further support these families and the bonds that unite our community, Exeter Area YMCA has formed a partnership with TheVoiceLibrary.net.”

This collaboration with TheVoiceLibrary.net also provides a creative avenue to help strengthen the community, an integral part of the YMCA’s mission to build a healthy mind, body and spirit for all. “The Military & First Responders Family Story Project provides families with life-strengthening connection through shared experiences and stories that broaden family ties and emotional bonds,” said Al Brandano, founder of TheVoiceLibrary.net.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said it best: “the voice is the organ of the soul.” The Voice Library and Exeter Area YMCA believe that nothing in this world still can comfort, inspire, teach and entertain like it (the human voice).

The Y, therefore, invites you and your extended family members (high school age students and above) to listen, learn, participate, and build new friendships through this FREE Introductory, 3-week series focused on learning new ways to build trust and help break down communication barriers that have been unconsciously built into our daily lives. The class will be exposed to:

  • Creative, fun, interactive family activities focusing on the art and structure of storytelling. You along with your family and new friends will learn how to find new ways to more effectively communicate your personal experiences with one another.
  • At the conclusion of the series, you will also be introduced to creating and capturing your family legacy, sage advice, and humor into an audio family journal/audiobook that will become a joy for generations!

Please join us at Exeter Area YMCA, 56 Linden Street, Exeter, NH on Tuesday, May 15, from 6:15 to 7:30 pm, and subsequently May 22 and 29.

Light refreshments served!

Each participant will receive a free 6-year family subscription to TheVoiceLibrary.net.

Instructors are:

  • Al Brandano, TheVoiceLibrary.net;
  • Dan Ward, Veterans Count Easter Seals Care Coordinator and veteran; and
  • Amy Davenport Dakin, CMHC, LCPC, NCC, DCC.

This 3-week opportunity is a free program, open to military and first responders offered by the YMCA. Class size is limited. Please email tanisha@sdymca.org or phone 603 642 3361 to add your name to the Military & First Responders Story Project.

Additionally, in partnership with the Armed Services, YMCA and the Department of Defense, Exeter Area YMCA is proud to offer FREE memberships to eligible military families and personnel, providing extra support during deployment. It is our way of giving back to those who dedicate themselves to serving our country.

The free membership is open to Title 10 personnel. Exeter Area YMCA invites you to spend quality time together and enjoy fun activities in a warm, supportive community environment.

For more information about The Military Families Story Project, please visit TheVoiceLibrary.net. For more information about Exeter Area YMCA, please visit ExeterYMCA.org. For more information about the YMCA Military Outreach Initiative, visit ymca.net/military-outreach

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