IRON MOUNTAIN – Moving across the country, or even the continent for that matter, during a worldwide epidemic is probably a little bit unsettling.
For Josh and Erin Havrilka and their children Hunter (12), Harper (10), Holden (8) and Haylee (4), making an instant connection with the Northern Lights YMCA Dickinson Center sure helped ease the transition.
The Havrilkas moved from Alaska to Iron Mountain earlier this year, after both accepting jobs at the VA hospital. The first hurdle was finding quality child care when Erin and Haylee moved first in March.
“We are a new family to the area and child care brought us to the YMCA,” Josh Havrilka said. “Everyone was so nice and helpful during the transition from Alaska. We knew we’d also be enrolling our other children in the summer day camp.”
After the rest of the family completed the move, Havrilka enrolled the boys in summer camp. The family also signed up for a YMCA membership.
“It’s been great, as the kids instantly started making new friends,” Havrilka said. “Swimming is everyone’s favorite activity at day camp.”
The YMCA has helped the Havrilka’s settle into their new community, and the family hopes to be part of the YMCA family for a long time to come.
“The Y is just a great organization, family oriented and affordable,” Havrilka said. “They have caring employees that want to know you, to give you the best experience and support possible.”