For nearly 25 years, YMCAs have celebrated Military Family Month, providing Americans the opportunity to recognize the dedication, sacrifice, and service of military personnel and their families. Throughout the year, and especially this November, The Gateway Family YMCA supports military families with programs and initiatives that improve their well-being and provide opportunities to connect with other families waiting at home.  

“Military families have many needs when a loved one is away from home,” said Krystal R. Canady, CEO, The Gateway Family YMCA. “Whether it’s providing a place where kids can make friends and have a sense of belonging or providing a place for adults to meet health goals, the Y is here and able to help.” 

The Gateway Family YMCA offers Y memberships through the Military Outreach Initiative.  Since 2008, the Military Outreach Initiative has provided more than 82,000 Y memberships to military members and their families. Here in Elizabeth, Rahway and Union the Y provides Military Family Memberships to support the local community.

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First established by the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) and recognized by the U.S. government ever since, Military Family Month recognizes the dedication and service of military personnel and their families.  

To learn more about the Y and programming that supports military families, visit or contact The Gateway Family YMCA Elizabeth Branch 908-355-9622, Five Points Branch 908-688-9622, Rahway Branch 732-388-0057 or Wellness Center Branch 908-349-9622.