This January, The Gateway Family YMCA branches in Elizabeth, Rahway and Union will celebrate 2016 with an open house January 4 -10th.  The Y will be hosting events that are open to the community including family group exercise programs, healthy snacks, nutrition information, fitness games, family swimming and open basketball.  The Gateway Family YMCA locations include:  Elizabeth Branch - 135 Madison Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ, Five Points Branch - 201 Tucker Avenue, Union, NJ, Rahway Branch - 1564 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ and Wellness Center Branch - 1000 Galloping Hill Road, Union, NJ.  For branch specific schedules of events and free classes January 4-10, visit

“Our message this January is Tomorrow Starts Today.  We know that so many New Year’s resolutions are never realized and we want to help everyone achieve their health goals and reach their full potential,” stated Krystal R. Canady, CEO, The Gateway Family YMCA.  “Not only do we want to partner with each individual, but we want to share that healthy lifestyle with every member of their family.  Seeing families come together while enjoying fun and healthy activities gives meaning to what we do here at the Y.”  

Throughout the month of January, The Gateway Family YMCA will be offering membership specials as well as a free raffle that can be entered via their branch Facebook pages.  “We wanted to continue the spirit of giving into the New Year by offering a fun way to connect with the Y on social media and share in the community we have built based on healthy tips, recipes, family activities and sharing,” stated Krystal R. Canady, CEO. “We know that families are busy and providing them with resources outside our branches is a key strategy for making our community better.”

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The Gateway Family YMCA offers a variety of programs and services to support healthy family living in the community including Early Learning Readiness (ELR) a community program for preschoolers and their caregiver that is free to participants. “We strive to create opportunities for sharing family experiences, helping to create strong, connected, and healthy families,” stated Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO.  “As part of our commitment to strengthening families, most full time child care, before/after school care and W.I.S.E. adult day services participants are provided free family memberships to the Y.” 

The Gateway Family YMCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, health and community service organization of caring staff and volunteers dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community and stands For Youth Development, For Healthy Living and For Social Responsibility.  The Gateway Family YMCA impacts the community by providing quality services to people of all ages, races, faith or incomes. The Y doesn’t just strengthen bodies – it strengthens people, families and communities.  The Y.™  For a better us.™

For more information about The Gateway Family YMCA, please visit or contact the Elizabeth Branch at 908-355-9622, Five Points Branch 908-688-9622, Rahway Branch 732-388-0057 or the Wellness Center Branch 908-349-9622.