November Shared Plate Recipient – Kernes Adaptive Aquatics Therapy Pool

Welcoming and warm, the Josephine Kernes Memorial Pool (Kernes Pool) helps people of all ages and abilities renew and maintain their well-being, mobility and quality of life. Kernes Pool has been an integral part of the Monterey Peninsula since 1972 and is the only facility on the Central Coast that enables fully supported, physical expression for people with special needs regardless of income or duration of need. Founded by Edith and Herb Perry to teach swimming to individuals with disabilities, the new pool was built in 1992 and named after Mrs. Perry’s mother, who exemplified the value and reward of service to others.

Personal instruction at Kernes Pool helps each person reach their full potential in range of motion, flexibility, strength, ambulation and coordination. For seniors, this can extend independent living and quality of life. There is help for those with arthritis and with other problems. For severely impacted adults or those with long-term conditions, warm water exercise reduces the incidence of secondary problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. For children, learning and playing at Kernes Pool builds life skills and confidence, and provides fun opportunities for progressive achievements and success.

From three months old to 103 years young, Kernes Pool is a place where everyone is welcomed and encouraged. Our programs are provided regardless of ability to pay or duration of need. Fees for instruction cover approximately one-fourth of the cost. The remainder relies on generous community support.

Please give generously to this worthy organization