Parents tell heartbreaking stories of uncertain future for 100-year institution
Jeweleah Reyes, 7, knows the Y is the place where her daddy works and her mommy used to work. It’s where her parents met and fell in love, and it’s also the building where she learns and plays every day after school.
That’s why after overhearing that a simple bake sale wouldn’t be enough to raise the $5 million to $8 million needed to keep the Northern Lake YMCA in Waukegan, as well as the Vernon Hills facility open, she offered her mom, Rhonda Reyes, her wallet with $4.76 inside. It’s money she’s collected from doing chores and from her grandparents.
“It’s her routine-her safety. She just blossoms here,” said Rhonda of Waukegan.
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