Life sometimes brings trials and tribulations as one strives to overcome those obstacles that might come their way. A new group at Campo Family YMCA called Uplift Women’s Network empowers women by building them up spiritually and fostering a sense of community with the understanding that an issue does not have to be faced alone.

In November 2017, Heather Simpson, J.D. founded Uplift Women’s Network and leads it. This faith-based organization came into fruition because the Lord placed it on Simpson’s heart. It consists of more than 20 diverse women of all ages, cultures and denominations. The intent of it would be to bring women together through prayer, encouragement and friendship.

Simpson shared how she feels in regards to being the leader of it.

“I feel inspired by everyone who contributes as they build each other up in a positive and effective way,” Simpson said.

The goal of this group would be to see God lifted up in the women. To add, Simpson wants to see people grow in their faith and let them know they do not have to face life’s burdens alone. The group also aims to connect with other positive Christian women as it shares scriptures to encourage those who need it.

The organization started meeting at Campo Family YMCA in April of this year. Members and non-members of Campo Family YMCA can join. All women are welcome whether it be a mature Christian, new Christian or individuals who might be interested in becoming one. It meets the fourth Friday of each month from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Simpson also mentions how the group fits perfectly within the YMCA’s mission.

“Overall, I feel blessed that the door opened for our group to meet here at Campo Family YMCA,” Simpson said. “We also see us growing further with our partnership with them too and excited for the future as well.”

For more information, visit Check out the Facebook page Call 445-1825.

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Tatiana Ortiz is a freelance writer with the Osprey Observer Newspaper. She began as an intern here in 2010 and has been writing since. Tatiana graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. In her free time, Tatiana enjoys photography, biking and being with her family.