Staff Spotlight: February Love Stories — Richard & Jessica Bombach

The Bombachs get to live and serve in the booming metropolis of Keystone Heights, home of YMCA Camp Immokalee.  Jessica serves as the Group Retreat and Events Director and Richard is the Executive Director.

Why They Love the Y:

Our faith is a big part of our marriage, family, and our purpose. At camp, we get to practice what we preach each day. Camping is not just a job for us, but a lifestyle & a ministry. We’re called to Love Our Neighbor, and we get the opportunity to do that by creating a safe, healthy community at YMCA Camp Immokalee.  We live the mission of the Y and ensure we are a place for all to thrive.

 Marriage & a Union of Impact:

We actually met at a summer camp in Texas back in 2008, got engaged at camp in 2009, and had our Camp Director officiate our wedding in 2010!  We knew that if the opportunity ever arose that we would love to serve in a camp setting.  We moved to Keystone Heights in the spring of 2022 and have been so fortunate to have a wonderful community in this small town. As a family living at camp, we love that we get to be “mom & dad” to our summer staff over the course of 12 weeks of camp.  We couldn’t imagine a better place to raise our two daughters, which have the greatest role models and influences in our summer camp counselors.  With Richard being diagnosed (and beating!) cancer two different times since 2017, we get the opportunity to be an example of positivity, joy, and perseverance to our campers and counselors. We are beyond fortunate to be a part of the First Coast Y and live life not only with purpose, but ON purpose!