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News & Events from Crossroads YMCA

May 23, 2017

Father’s Day is a Reminder of the Important Role Dads Play in Children’s Lives

Over 100 years ago, while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd wondered why there was no similar holiday for fathers. One of six children, Dodd’s father was a single father and she felt he and others deserved to be honored. After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Wash., her idea came to fruition with the first Father's Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Many years passed before the day became a national holiday, but today we use the day to honor the fathers and father figures in our lives.

On Sunday, June 18, Crossroads YMCA joins the nation in celebrating Father’s Day and recognizing the influence fathers and adult male role models have in children’s lives. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million—or one in three—children live without their biological fathers. Societal factors such as unemployment, work-life balance or a lack of resources can affect a father’s ability to seek support in strengthening his parenting skills and becoming more engaged in the lives of his children. The Y, a leading nonprofit in fostering positive youth development, is dedicated to providing both resources and opportunities for fathers to further involve themselves in the well-being and development of their children.

Studies show that children with close relationships with their fathers and other adult male role models have more self-confidence and exhibit less depression, perform better academically and engage in significantly less drug and alcohol use.

“On Father’s Day, we celebrate dads and all male adult role models as we recognize how important it is for children to grow up with men who are committed, responsible and involved,” said Laurie A. Halaska, CEO of Crossroads YMCA. “Dads need support to be the best parents and caregivers they can be, and this holiday helps to remind us of that.”

The Crossroads YMCA offers a variety of programs that foster understanding and companionship between children and their caregivers such as Adventure Guides, Youth and Toddler Sports, open gym, and open swim for families. In communities across the country, the Y is committed to ensuring that the 9 million children and teens in YMCA programs reach their full potential by helping them grow—physically, mentally and socially—from young children into active, engaged members of their communities. To learn more about programs and activities available at the Crossroads YMCA at 210 750 1082 or visit crymca.org.


May 16, 2017

The Best Summer Ever Starts at Crossroads YMCA

Programming keeps kids moving, exploring and learning

The “best summer ever” is right around the corner and Crossroads YMCA (Griffith, Hammond, Southlake and Whiting branches) is offering day camp to make sure kids and teens in Lake County, IN are adventurous, active and healthy this summer. YMCA camp programs offer youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.

Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. But, for some kids summer means no access to recreational and educational activities to help them learn, grow and thrive during out-of-school time. As a result, some kids can experience learning loss and gain weight twice as fast than during the school year. Attending Crossroads YMCA summer camp is a wonderful opportunity for kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

“Summer camp is an excellent way to ensure kids stay engaged socially, physically, and academically throughout the summer,” says Rebecca Kelly, Youth and Family Director at Crossroads YMCA. “In our day camp, kids are in a welcoming environment where they can belong, they’re building relationships, developing character and discovering their potential. We really encourage parents to give their kids the gift of camp to keep them active and engaged all summer long.”

Rebecca Kelly says there are five reasons why children and teens should attend summer camp:

1. ADVENTURE: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of new experiences and exploring the outdoors. YMCA camps have a new adventure for every child and teen. Visit crymca.org/summercamp for details.

2. HEALTHY FUN: Day and resident camps offer fun, stimulating activities that engage the body and mind, and also help children and teens learn the importance of nutrition to help improve their healthy eating habits.

3. PERSONAL GROWTH: While in the welcoming environment of camp, youth have a chance to learn new skills, and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges. Camps offer cognitive learning and social-emotional development opportunities for achievement.

4. FRIENDSHIPS: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, canoeing and talent shows, campers meet new friends and strengthen existing friendships. The bonds formed at camp are important and lasting for many youth.

5. MEMORIES: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories (and camp traditions) that will last a lifetime. Youth return to school with plenty of camp stories to share!

The Crossroads YMCA offers: Adventure Camp (with two field trips per week), Day Camp, Junior Leaders (for children who have completed 6th-8th grade), Preschool Camp, and Sports Camps. And, to ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, the Y offers financial assistance to those in need. If you’re interested in helping send kids to camp this summer, you can donate to the Y at ymca.net/ForaBetterUs.

A leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of youth, the Y has been a leader in providing summer camp for over 131 years. The Crossroads YMCA continues to give youth an enriching, safe experience with caring staff and volunteers who model positive values that help build their kids’ character.

For more information, visit crymca.org/summercamp


 
April 19, 2017

Hammond Family YMCA receives donation from Walmart

Crossroads YMCA’s Hammond Family YMCA was awarded a $1,000 gift from Walmart Hammond-5th Avenue through Walmart’s Community Grant program. The funds support programs for youth, families and seniors.

Crossroads YMCA consists of four branches: Southlake Family YMCA (Crown Point, IN), Griffith Family YMCA (Griffith, IN), Hammond Family YMCA (Hammond, IN), and Whiting Family YMCA (Whiting, IN). The Hammond Family YMCA serves 5,000 people from Lake County, IN, and Cook County, IL. The community benefits from this generous gift because the Y ensures everyone, regardless of age, income, or background will have the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. The Y offers programs, services, and initiatives focused on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Support like this gift and others given to our annual campaign help the YMCA provide income-based scholarships to those who cannot afford the membership cost. The Y doesn’t turn anyone away due to an inability to pay.

“We are very happy to receive the Community Grant from Walmart. The Y is a community-based, charitable non-profit so this grant helps us continue to provide income-based scholarships and assistance for those who need it toward YMCA memberships and programs. We look forward to an on-going relationship with Walmart to strengthen our local communities.” said Laurie A. Halaska, CEO of Crossroads YMCA.


April 17, 2017

CROSSROADS YMCA TAKING ACTION TO PREVENT CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

April is National Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Month, and Crossroads YMCA is designating a week this month to raise awareness and understanding locally. From April 17-21, the Y will host Five Days of Action for Child Abuse Prevention, a series of events and activities designed to inform the community about how to recognize, prevent and report child sexual abuse. This effort is part of the Y’s ongoing commitment to provide safe, enriching environments where children can learn, grown and thrive.

According to a study of studies by Darkness to Light, about one in 10 children experiences the trauma of sexual abuse before age 18, typically at the hands of someone the child knows and trusts. Also, abuse happens to children of all ages, genders, races, faiths and socioeconomic classes.

“Child sexual abuse is a broad-based, too-common crime in our country today, but the good news is that it’s preventable,” said Lori Mulligan, Childcare Director at Crossroads YMCA. “At the Y, we are fully committed to doing our part to protect kids from abuse in our community. With the Five Days of Action, we are asking others in the community to join us.”

The events and activities for the Five Days of Action include:

  • NEW Teddy Bear collection at each of our four Y locations to donate to local child advocacy centers;
  • Healthy Kids Day: Saturday, April 22 from 9:00am-Noon at Griffith, Hammond, Whiting YMCA locations;
  • Safe Kids Day: Saturday, April 22 from 9:00am-Noon at Southlake YMCA.

The Y invites the community to visit one of its facilities from April 17-21 to learn more about resources, training and opportunities to get involved with child-protection efforts.

For more information about Crossroads YMCA or our Griffith, Hammond, Southlake, or Whiting branches, visit crymca.org or contact Laurie A. Halaska, CEO at 219 750 1082.


March 22, 2017

Crossroads YMCA hosted their First Annual Volunteer Recognition Event

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Crossroads YMCA hosted their First Annual Volunteer Recognition Event with the theme “Cause-Driven Heroes”. The Cause-Driven Heroes are the hundreds of volunteers who have served and continue to volunteer at the Y in a number of roles. From coaching sports to assisting with events; from serving on the corporate board to community beautification projects—our cause-driven heroes make the YMCA’s work possible.

Nearly 200 volunteers and their guests enjoyed an evening of recognition, appetizers and fellowship with others dedicated to the mission of this community-based non-profit organization at Lighthouse Restaurant. Last year in 2016, Crossroads YMCA volunteers devoted over 10,000 hours to volunteering at the YMCA which strives to strengthen community. Across the United States, more than 500,000 business leaders, community advocates, parents, teens and individuals who want to give back and support their neighbors volunteer at the Y. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, Y volunteers give men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life the resources and support they need to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.

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Laurie A. Halaska, CEO of Crossroads YMCA, said, “Our Crossroads Y volunteers see firsthand how the Y positively impacts people from all walks of life in their community and that’s why so many of our volunteers choose to support the Y’s mission by giving their time, talent and treasures.  We truly value and appreciate every single volunteer.  Without them, our Crossroads Y would not be able to partner and help nearly as many people as we currently do.  These relationships are vital for people we connect with in achieving their goals around the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.”

Numerous volunteers were awarded special recognition for their work with the Y. Each Crossroads YMCA branch (Griffith, Hammond, Southlake, and Whiting) awarded Program Volunteer Award, Leadership Award, and Ray of Light award to one individual from each location. For the Crossroads Association, four overall awards were given: Rising Star, Community Impact, Volunteer of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement award. Francisco Salazar was awarded the “Ray of Light” award at the event. Francisco was recognized for having an infectious, positive attitude. He helps out with Y events, youth sports, soliciting for donations for special events and advocating for the Y—all in addition to his regular job where he works at the Y’s early learning center. Francisco was honored to receive this award and said, “The YMCA is the best place in the world. Everyone at the Y is so nice and supportive and it is an honor to be a part of the YMCA family.”  

All photos are available at Southlake YMCA facebook page 

To learn how to get involved with the Crossroads YMCA (or one of the four branches in Northwest Indiana), contact 219-750-1082 or visit www.crymca.org.


February 2, 2017

Crossroads YMCA receives grant from ArcelorMittal

Local children will be healthy and safe thanks in part to grant from local steelmaker.

Griffith, IN—Crossroads YMCA was awarded a $21,250.000 grant from ArcelorMittal. The funds support programs for children which focus on physical fitness, health and nutrition and character development.

Crossroads YMCA consists of four branches: Southlake Family YMCA (Crown Point, IN), Griffith Family YMCA (Griffith, IN), Hammond Family YMCA (Hammond, IN), and Whiting Family YMCA (Whiting, IN).“Crossroads YMCA is very happy to receive this grant from ArcelorMittal. The Y is a community based, charitable non-profit so this grant helps us continue to provide high-quality, and affordable before & after school childcare to children through our branches in Lake County. We look forward to an on-going relationship with ArcelorMittal to strengthen our local communities.”said Laurie A. Halaska, CEO of Crossroads YMCA.

Through partnerships like this Crossroads YMCA is able to provide before and after school programs for 600 youth. The areas of focus – physical fitness, health and nutrition and character development, were selected based on data about the state of children’s health in Lake County.

ArcelorMittal’s support of Crossroads YMCA underscores its commitment to be an active and welcomed member of the community, and to provide opportunities for children to thrive in a safe and healthy environment. “ArcelorMittal is dedicated to the communities where we operate,”said Kevin Vana, process manager, security & emergency services, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor.“We recognize our responsibility to provide safe havens for local children. The support to Crossroads YMCA marries our business strategy to provide safe, healthy, quality working livesfor our employees with the needs of the local community.”

Crossroads YMCA is one of many nonprofits across Northwest Indiana to receive funding fromArcelorMittal to support healthy and safe communities. In 2016, ArcelorMittal USA investednearly $1 million in nonprofit organizations and programs specific to health and safety. 

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ArcelorMittal Council for Stronger Communities (CSC) member Kelly Nissan (right), presents a$21,250.00 check to Crossroads YMCA CEO Laurie A. Halaska. Also pictured are Dave Mays, Jr.(far left), Executive Director at Whiting Family YMCA and ArcelorMittal CSC members Kevin Vana(right) and Jim Lang (far right).

The funds support programs for children which focus on physical fitness, health and nutrition and character development. For more information about Crossroads YMCA or our Griffith, Hammond, Southlake, or Whiting branches, visit crymca.org or contact Laurie A. Halaska, CEO at 219 750 1082.

About YMCA
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities,the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net

About ArcelorMittal
ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countriesand an industrial footprint in 19 countries. Guided by a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel, we are the leading supplier of quality steel in the major global steel markets including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with world-class research and development and outstanding distribution networks. Through our core values of sustainability, quality and leadership, we operate responsibly with respect to the health, safety and wellbeingof our employees, contractors and the communities in which we operate. For us, steel is thefabric of life, as it is at the heart of the modern world from railways to cars and washingmachines. We are actively researching and producing steel-based technologies and solutionsthat make many of the products and components people use in their everyday lives more energyefficient. We are one of the world’s five largest producers of iron ore and metallurgical coal andour mining business is an essential part of our growth strategy. With a geographically diversified portfolio of iron ore and coal assets, we are strategically positioned to serve our network of steelplants and the external global market. While our steel operations are important customers, oursupply to the external market is increasing as we grow. In 2015, ArcelorMittal had revenues of US$63.6 billion and crude steel production of 92.5 million tons, while own iron ore productionreached 62.8 million tons. ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT),Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MT), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges ofBarcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS). For more information visit www.usa.arcelormittal.com


January 30, 2017

Southlake Family YMCA Unveils $35 Million Expansion: Building Community Together

Plans for the $35 million expansion of the Southlake YMCA from 40,000 to 121,000 square feet were unveiled for the organization members for the first time.


January 1, 2017

Join a Cause for Community

When dealing with life’s daily demands, people need a place to go where they can feel supported and receive help in trying times. A place where adults can find life balance; children can reach their full potential; seniors can be active and find camaraderie; and families can connect and strengthen relationships. By becoming involved with Crossroads YMCA individuals have the opportunity to improve their health and well-being and connect with the community, all while participating in their favorite program or activity at the Y. 

“Crossroads YMCA is a community that is dedicated to helping individuals achieve a balance of spirit, mind and body through our Griffith, Hammond, Southlake (Crown Point) and Whiting branches” said Laurie A. Halaska, CEO of Crossroads YMCA. “We encourage everyone to get involved by joining the Y where they can take advantage of the resources and support to be healthy and connected.”

As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y seeks to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has an opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. To help more people benefit from the Y, Crossroads is offering a no joiner’s fee promotion through January 31, 2017. In addition to the promotion, all group fitness classes are included in membership in 2017. These classes vary by location but include land, water, and group cycling classes.

Crossroads YMCA offers a variety of programs to help achieve greater health and well-being, nurture youth and inspire individuals to give back to better their community.

To learn more about Crossroads YMCA, contact Laurie A. Halaska at 219 750 1082 or visit crymca.org/january for more information.


December 12, 2016

Crossroads YMCA Welcomes New Controller

Mike Hart will be joining Crossroads YMCA on Wednesday, December 14. Mike brings 21 years of experience as a Controller in the construction industry. He lives in Frankfort, IL married for 23 years and has three girls.

Mike attended St. Xavier University in Chicago, on a Athletic Scholarship, where he obtained his B.S. in Accounting. Mike is a huge advocate of coaching and sports and brings with him a passion for helping develop youth of all ages. He believes in the Mission of the YMCA from his youth and his Dad's involvement with his local YMCA.


August 1, 2016

Congressman Visclosky Visits Southlake Family YMCA Summer Campcongressmansvisit

Crown Point, IN, August 1, 2016—Today, Congressman Pete Visclosky visited the Southlake Family YMCA to get a firsthand look at the Summer Camp Program that demonstrates the Y’s work to nurture the potential of youth, improve our communities’ health and give back to our neighbors in Northwest Indiana. During the visit, Congressman Visclosky saw how the campers spend their day in full-day camp where the youth have a blend of academic experiences and recreation as they focus on the YMCA’s core values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility.

“YMCA summer camp supports the social-emotional growth, cognitive development and physical well-being of kids,” says Laurie A. Halaska, CEO of Crossroads YMCA. “In our camps, kids are in a welcoming environment where they can belong, they’re building relationships, developing character and discovering their potential. We really encourage parents to give their kids the gift of camp to keep their kids active and engaged throughout the summer.”

Crossroads YMCA branches serve over 1,200 kids in Lake County each summer through our Preschool, Day, Adventure, and Junior High camps. After the summer, the Y is a leader with preschool and school-age childcare programs. The Crossroads Y locations in Crown Point, Griffith, Hammond, and Whiting help over 550 kids get ready for a life of learning through academic preschool. Griffith, Hammond, and Whiting Ys deliver before/after school childcare to over 700 kids—who enjoy structured activities each day including gym, art, outdoor play/games, character building, and health & nutrition.

Congressman Pete Visclosky was greeted by Laurie A. Halaska, CEO of Crossroads YMCA; Chris Mallers, Executive Director of Southlake Family YMCA; Jill Schaffenberger, Marketing Director of Crossroads YMCA; Taylor Stewart, Summer Camp Coordinator; Kelly Pallanti, Regional HR Director. Congressman Visclosky has advocated for the Y by: Voting for legislation that supports federal investments in after school and summer learning programs, including the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program, the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program, and Head Start and Early Head Start programs. These programs support the Y and their essential role in the Northwest Indiana community to increase educational opportunities and promote the development of critical skills for our future leaders.

For more information about Crossroads YMCA or our Griffith, Hammond, Southlake, or Whiting branches, visit crymca.org or contact Laurie A. Halaska, CEO at 219 750 1082.


April 4, 2016

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Red Carpet Grand Event: Developmental Disabilities Prom

On Saturday, April 2, 2016, Crossroads YMCA’s Griffith Family YMCA hosted the Red Carpet Grand Event: Developmental Disabilities Prom. The event was held to provide a prom experience for anyone with developmental disabilities and their peers age 16 and over. The Red Carpet Grand Event included appetizers, dancing, DJ, and fun. Over 75 people attended this prom and made lasting memories.

The Developmental Disabilities Prom worked with various community groups to help make this event a success including Griffith Police Department, Griffith Fire Department, Griffith Tri-Kappa, AccessAbilities, Inc of Northwest Indiana, and over 25 other individuals and businesses. Jamee Queen, Griffith Family YMCA’s prom organizer said, “I loved every minute of our 1st Annual Developmental Disabilities Prom. Seeing parents brought to tears watching their children have the time of their life dancing, working with amazing volunteers with huge hearts, and dancing with someone who isn't worried what others are thinking, but just having a care-free night…that's what it's about. I feel incredibly blessed to be part of giving them an evening to look forward to; I cannot wait to plan another special prom next year.”

To learn how to get involved with the Crossroads YMCA (or one of the four branches in Northwest Indiana), contact 219 750 1082 or visit www.crymca.org.

 

 
March 1, 2016

CROSSROADS YMCA SUMMER CAMP

Helps Youth Experience Their Best Summers Ever
Programming keeps kids moving, exploring and learning

Griffith, IN– Crossroads YMCA with Griffith, Hammond, Southlake and Whiting branches is offering adventure, day, junior leaders, preschool and sports camp to give kids and teens in those communities an adventurous, active and healthy summer—one that will surely be described as “the best summer ever” for years to come. YMCA camp programs offer youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.

Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. But, for some kids summer means no access to recreational and educational activities to help them learn, grow and thrive during out-of-school time. As a result, some kids can experience learning loss and gain weight twice as fast than during the school year. Attending YMCA summer camp is a wonderful opportunity for kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

“YMCA summer camp supports the social-emotional growth, cognitive development and physical well-being of kids,” says Laurie A. Halaska, CEO of Crossroads YMCA. “In our camps, kids are in a welcoming environment where they can belong, they’re building relationships, developing character and discovering their potential. We really encourage parents to give their kids the gift of camp to keep their kids active and engaged throughout the summer.”

Lori Mulligan, Childcare Director at Griffith Family YMCA says there are five reasons why children and teens should attend summer camp:

1. ADVENTURE: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of new experiences and exploring the outdoors. YMCA camps have a new adventure for every child and teen. Visit crymca.org/summercamp for details.

2. HEALTHY FUN: Day camps offer fun, stimulating activities that engage the body and mind, and also help children and teens learn the importance of nutrition to help improve their healthy eating habits.

3. PERSONAL GROWTH: While in the welcoming environment of camp, youth have a chance to learn new skills, and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges. Camps offer cognitive learning and social-emotional development opportunities for achievement.

4. FRIENDSHIPS: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, canoeing and talent shows, campers meet new friends and strengthen existing friendships. The bonds formed at camp are important and lasting for many youth.

5. MEMORIES: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories (and camp traditions) that will last a lifetime. Youth return to school with plenty of camp stories to share!

The Crossroads YMCA offers: Adventure Camp (with two field trips per week), Day Camp, Junior Leaders (for children who have completed 6th-8th grade), Preschool Camp, and Sports Camps. And, to ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, the Y offers financial assistance to those in need. If you’re interested in helping send kids to camp this summer, you can donate to the Y at ymca.net/ForaBetterUs.

A leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of youth, the Y has been a leader in providing summer camp for over 131 years. The Crossroads YMCA continues to give youth an enriching, safe experience with caring staff and volunteers who model positive values that help build their kids’ character.

For more information, visit crymca.org/summercamp.


July 1, 2015

Welcoming Laurie A. Halaska as CEO!

The Board of Directors of the Crossroads YMCA, Inc. has announced the hiring of Laurie A. Halaska as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Halaska assumed her duties at the Crossroads YMCA, Inc. on June 29, 2015.

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During her 14 years working for the Y, Halaska has embraced the organization’s mission and worked tirelessly to further its cause in several communities throughout the Joliet, Illinois area. Prior to joining the Crossroads YMCA, Inc., Halaska served as the Executive Director of both the Galowich Family YMCA located in Joliet, IL and the Morris Family YMCA located in Morris, IL. In this role, she provided leadership to both branches and oversaw a budget of $3 million. Under her leadership, the Galowich Family YMCA’s membership, program enrollment and retention reached all-time highs. Halaska was instrumental in the start-up operations of the Morris Family YMCA, developing programs, boards and introducing the community to the Y. Halaska also managed the redesign and renovation of the Galowich Family YMCA wellness center, locker rooms, lobby and pool, just to name a few capital improvements.

Prior to joining The Greater Joliet Area YMCA, Halaska spent more than thirteen years working for the Commercial division of Allstate Insurance in South Barrington, IL. During her years with Allstate, she worked as a Controller with the Independent Commercial Agents of Allstate, while also spending several years in the Commercial Underwriting department of Allstate.

“We are very excited to welcome Laurie to the Crossroads YMCA family,” said Tom Hoffman, Chairman of the Executive Board of Directors of the Crossroads YMCA. “We have been very impressed with Laurie’s vast knowledge of the Y and her high level of professionalism. After having conducted an extensive national search, we are confident that Laurie’s innovative thinking and passion for our organization make her the ideal leader as we continue to advance the mission of the Y throughout the communities we serve.”

A true believer in the spirit of volunteerism, Halaska has been active with the Boys Scouts of America’s Rainbow Council in Morris, IL, holding multiple volunteer positions with them over the past 13 years. She has also been an avid parent volunteer for her children’s High School Marching Bands, local chapter 45 of the Association of YMCA Professionals (AYP), her local church and various chambers.

A native of Chicago, IL, Halaska earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. She and her husband Chris have been married 32 years and have two children – Alexander and Courtney.

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Crossroads YMCA has been serving families – regardless of age, income or background – from throughout Lake County and its surrounding areas for more than 40 years. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. To learn more, visit www.crymca.org.

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