Emily & Phillip’s Story

Emily and Phillip are siblings whose mother was left paralyzed from gun violence. They have been attending the Y after school program since 2005 and thank the South YMCA Program Center for being their “safety net.” After their mother was shot, Y staff were some of the only people they could turn to. Phillip and Emily cared for their mother and took care of things around the house, such as buying food throughout her 7-month recovery.

Although their mother is unable to work, she can now take care of things around the home, so their lives are getting back to normal. Emily is on track to graduate from high school this spring and has applied to work at the YMCA this summer. Phillip now says, “If I wasn’t at the Y, I would be bored, and when you’re bored, you always find something bad to do.”