The Partnership Program is a recreational, non-clinical program* designed specifically for people with physical disabilities to more fully enjoy all that the Y has to offer. Training partners assist participants with exercise to improve or maintain physical conditioning, stay active in sports, recreation and everyday activities. Specialized, adaptive exercise equipment and one-to-one exercise assistance is available through the South Shore YMCA Partnership Program. The program is recreational in nature and not to be considered rehabilitation. The Partnership Program is available as a free service to South Shore YMCA members.

How it Works

The Partnership Program offers training assistance and programs designed to fit individual needs. Volunteers and training partners provide one-to-one instruction and assistance with specialized strength and cardiovascular equipment in our Health & Well-being and Aquatic Centers.

Health & Well-Being Center

Our Emilson YMCA and Quincy YMCA branches offer a wide range of specialized equipment available as part of our Partnership Program.

  • MotoMed Viva Cycle with FES
  • Wheelchair-Accessible Equipment
  • Total Access Cybex
  • Strength Equipment
  • Seated Octane Elliptical
  • TechnoGym Arm Ergometer
  • Sci Fit Stepper
  • Keiser Functional Trainer
  • Raised Platform for Mat Exercises & Stretches

  • Wheelchair-accessible Cybex strength equipment
  • RT300-S Ergometer FES Leg Cycle
  • EasyStand Evolv Glider
  • Easy Stand Evolv Stander
  • NuStep T5XR and TRS4000
  • MotoMed Viva 2 Arm/Leg Cycle
  • Vitaglide Arm Ergometer
  • Mat Table for Mat Exercises and Stretching
  • Keiser Functional Trainers
  • Bravo Functional Trainers
  • Technogym Arm Ergometer

Electrodes for electric stimulation equipment provided at additional cost.

Aquatics Center

At the Hale Family Aquatics Centers in the Emilson YMCA and Quincy YMCA branches, all Partnership Program swim and water safety training is conducted in heated family pools or lap pools.

Water safety is our primary concern, and each participant is under the constant supervision of our Aquatics Team. Lifeguards are permanently stationed in all pools to ensure participants can more fully and confidently enjoy water exercise and activities.

Financial Assistance Opportunities

The Partnership Program is available to South Shore YMCA members at no additional cost. Financial assistance may be available for those who cannot afford the cost of membership. Pick up an application at the Welcome Desk. This program is funded through the generous donations from members, staff, friends and businesses to our Annual Campaign.


Please contact us for eligibility and registration information.


Sheryl Rosa, Partnership Program Coordinator, (617) 479-8500 ext. 4762.


Michael Buonocore, Senior Director of Healthy Living and Member Engagement,
(781) 829-8585 | ext. 8341

By working through the Partnership Program, it has allowed me to stand and walk again. Matt, SSYMCA Member and Partnership Program Participant


The South Shore YMCA is a charity. Because you give, we can give back. The Partnership Program is a free service made possible by the generosity of our friends, donors and volunteers. Help support those with physical disabilities to enjoy all that the Y has to offer.