ymca family hope

Family Hope Program is for families of young adults who experience challenges related to ASD and other social impairments. It’s designed as an opportunity to gather at the Y to participate in engaging social and physical activity, garner emotional support, and have time for respite.

ASD is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. Since 2013, the Spartan Stores YMCA, in partnership with Hope Network and local parent support groups, have expanded the services available for young adults on the autistic spectrum with our YMCA Family Hope Program.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the term “spectrum” refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of impairment or disability that people with ASD can have. Some are mildly impaired by their symptoms, while others are severely disabled.

Family Hope Cooking Class

THE PROGRAM

Free for young adults and their families, the program meets on the third Friday of every month at 6:30 pm for two hours at the Spartan Stores YMCA.

  • During the first hour parents and young adults participate together in activities selected by the young adults centered on teamwork, new experiences, and wellness.
  • The second hour is set aside for socialization. A Y facilitator provides opportunities for parents and young adults to engage in informal activities that encourage them to work and play together, interact, and have fun.
Family Hope indoor cycling class

The YMCA Family Hope program’s early success includes endorsement from the established autism community in West Michigan and the support of the local medical community including referrals through the following agencies:

If you are interested in learning more or registering for this free program, please contact familyhope@grymca.org at 616.885.5500.