Gateway YMCA’s to hold open houses through Jan. 10

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Gateway Family YMCA branches in Elizabeth, Rahway and Union will celebrate 2016 with an open house through Sunday, Jan. 10. 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 at 135 Madison Ave. in Elizabeth; Five Points Branch at 201 Tucker Ave. in Union; Rahway Branch,1564 Irving St. in Rahway; and the Wellness Center Branch, 1000 Galloping Hill Road in Union. For branch specific schedules of events and free classes through Jan. 10, visit

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 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 meda and share in the community we have built based on healthy tips, recipes, family activities and sharing,” said CEO Krystal R. Canady. “We know that families are busy and providing them with resources outside our branches is a key strategy for making our community better.”

The Gateway Family YMCA offers a variety of programs and services to support healthy family living in the community including Early Learning Readiness, 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,” said COO Melynda A. Mileski. “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) nonprofit, health and community service organization dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community. 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.

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