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What is a "sensory room" for?

For people with certain developmental needs, even such an inclusive place as the Y can become too stimulating. Ask someone with autism how difficult it can be to compensate for a bout of sensory overload. No matter what event is taking place–from a relaxing swim to an exciting birthday party–they are faced with the choice: “meltdown or exclusion?” Sensory rooms provide a safe, quite environment to weather the momentary storm before returning to your scheduled activity.

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Just as there are many different kinds of people but one YMCA community, there are also many ways for you to participate. Become a member, volunteer your time, support a specific program or donate charitably to the Stephens Family YMCA–and you are joining with us in our commitment to help our families and our community grow strong.

Membership rates, volunteering information, and financial assistance along with contact information for giving, are available in the program guide under “Get Involved at the YMCA.”

Financial Assistance

Hear from a scholarship recipient to learn how YMCA assistance helped make a difference in her child's life... it could possibly make a difference in yours too. Click the"Scholarship Video" tab below to view video.

Thank you for your interest in the Stephens Family YMCA where our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. In support of our mission, we offer a financial assistance program that lends support to families and individuals with low income and/or extenuating circumstances so they may have the opportunity to participate in membership and programs at the Y.

For important information about applying for our Financial Assistance Program, click below for Overview and Commonly Asked Questions.

An Application may be downloaded by clicking below or obtained at our facility at 2501 Fields South Drive, Champaign.

NOTE: Only complete applications with income documentation attached will be reviewed within 10-14 business days. Incomplete applications are immediately returned to the applicant.