Albert’s Story


Albert had a car accident and was stranded in Gastonia for several days.  He had no money and no place to stay.  From experience as a child, he knew the YMCA was a good place.  He came into the Central YMCA and was welcomed with smiles and open arms.  The member services staff took Albert under their wings and helped him find a safe warm place to stay, food, and lots of love.  Albert was moved to tears by the compassion and help he received from our YMCA staff and members.  This entire series of events took place without a single staff member notifying their supervisor.  They helped Albert because they cared about him, not for a reward from management. Albert was a complete stranger when he walked in the door and Albert left with a wonderful community of support. Every day beautiful things are happening because of the dedicated YMCA staff and members.