Grand Rapids, MI (May 1, 2014) – YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, in partnership with Hope Network and local parent support groups, is expanding the services available for young adults on the autistic spectrum and their families. The new YMCA Family Hope program hosts monthly events, which give parents and young adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder the opportunity to participate in engaging social and physical activity, garner emotional support, and have time for respite.

Each session is designed to incorporate both social and physical activities for both diagnosed young adults and their parents. The first hour is structured to include physical activity, which is selected by the participants. The second hour of each session is set aside for socialization, games and respite. Not only do the participants enjoy the events, the Y staff does, too. Brie Gohlke-Clausen, Associate Executive Director for Spartan Stores YMCA notes, “YMCA Family Hope is a great program for any young adult on the autism spectrum and their parents. Each month parents and young adults alike build friendships, get active, and have fun. We look forward to this Friday every month!”

Monthly meetings are held on the third Friday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Spartan Stores YMCA.  The YMCA Family Hope events are free to both Y members and non-members.  For more information call 616.855.5500 or email