I was suffering from depression, anxiety, and agoraphobia. Starting the In SHAPE program wasn’t easy for me -- having to meet people at a certain time, go to a gym where there were a lot of other people, and discuss myself with a mentor. But my first mentor was a perfect match for me.
She knew just how to get me started and build up to my ability. I had so much FUN with her. After several water classes, I signed up to learn how to swim, which I’d never done because I was afraid of the water. I even learned how to dive and at the age of 52! After a year of part-time work, I was able to work full-time.
Seeing therapists wasn’t enough for me to be ready for full-time employment. I truly believe it was the In Shape program that made the difference. I can’t say enough good things about In SHAPE. I hope it’s around a long time to help others as it has helped me.
March 15th, 2014
This past spring vacation, the Kids InShape program took a group of 12 participants between the ages of 10-16 to Camp Takodah to work on many skills such as team and relationship building, trust, listening and communication, increasing self-esteem, self-regulation and self-control, to name a few.
Michael was assigned to Melanie Diehl as he coped with severe depression. For years he had lived with his mother who fell where they lived in 2009 and was hospitalized. When Melanie began working with Michael, he was paralyzed with fear that he’d never go back to living with his mother.