Executive Director Suzanne Wantland tells them they're doing their best to keep it open, with a head nod and a grin.
The organization, which costs almost $500,000 a year to run, lost $38,125 last year, Wantland
In Pulaski, this Y
isn't just a health club facility, Wantland
It's a social services organization.
"We still have the same number of bills, but we have more people with need," Wantland
said, "so we give more away, and that's the reason we're cash-poor."
said the Y
offers financial assistance to about one-third of Y members.
A hospital employee still staffs the exercise room for a cardiac program, and hospital patients may pay fees to the Y
to use the facilities, Wantland
The town of Pulaski added its support to the Y
The government paid $5,500 this summer for its residents to use the gym for free three times a week and the pool on Sundays.
Wantland, who moved from managing a larger Y in Maine in 2008, now manages the Y's membership services, child care and swimming pool along with her director duties.
took on child care and pool responsibilities after she
cut four full-time positions and about a dozen part-time jobs.
The director greets nearly every person by name as he
enters the 35-year-old building.
"I don't want this place to close," Wantland