Celebrating Southwest Floridians
During her time as director of the Bonita Springs Assistance Office, Maribel Slabaugh saw the role the Bonita Springs YMCA played in the community. Now as the Y’s new branch director, she’ll be spearheading the organization’s efforts to improve the lives of the city’s residents.
Since taking the helm earlier this year, Slabaugh has been reaching out to churches, schools and other organizations to let them know what the Y offers, which ranges from sports programs for kids that encourage teamwork and physical exercise to health and wellness initiatives targeting conditions like diabetes and childhood obesity. “We’re really working hard on promoting any program that strengthens the lives of families as a whole and enriches the lives of children,” she says. “I see the Y as that core place where people can go and feel that they belong, that place that opens up to anyone who wants to really work and better their lives.”
Slabaugh herself looks for ward to taking spinning classes and hitting the pool at the Y. “Swimming is one of my favorite sports, ” she says. “It relaxes me and helps me tremendously , physically and mentally.” 239-221-7560, swflymca.org