The Gateway Family YMCA Adds Sixth YMCA Branch

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The Gateway Family YMCA Adds Youth Development Branch YMCA in Elizabeth

The Gateway Family YMCA Adds Sixth YMCA Branch

The Gateway Family YMCA Adds Youth Development Branch YMCA in Elizabeth

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Gateway Family YMCA announced the addition of a sixth YMCA branch to the association, serving Eastern Union County and Northern Middlesex County in New Jersey. The Youth Development Branch YMCA, located in Elizabeth, NJ is the sixth official YMCA branch within The Gateway Family YMCA, serving over 24,000 members annually.

The Youth Development Branch YMCA is located at 16-20 Jefferson Street in Elizabeth, NJ and is host to the Youth Development Branch Child Development Center. Plans for expansion in the near future are under way to include additional program space and services to the Elizabeth community.

“Since 1900, our YMCA has served this community,” stated Krystal R. Canady, CEO, The Gateway Family YMCA. “With the addition of the Youth Development YMCA Branch, we have strengthened our commitment in Elizabeth and are able to provide services to a larger population of those in need of child care, wellness programs, chronic disease management or youth development programs.”

“Please accept my congratulations on the opening of the Youth Development Branch YMCA,” stated Kevin Washington, CEO, YMCA of the USA. “The Youth Development Branch YMCA joins a powerful association of nearly 2,700 other YMCAs dedicated to strengthening kids, families and communities. Today’s YMCAs unite tens of millions of children and adults across the United States and around the world. Our reach and impact shine from the lives we impact every year.”

“The Youth Development Branch provides an additional layer of services necessary to the local communities served by The Gateway Family YMCA,” stated James Masterson, Chief Volunteer Officer, The Gateway Family YMCA.

The Youth Development Branch YMCA joins the Elizabeth Branch YMCA, Rahway Branch YMCA, as well as the Five Points Branch YMCA, Wellness Center Branch and WISE Center YMCA Branch in Union. “We are excited to continue to expand our YMCA to increase service for our members and the communities we serve,” stated Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO, The Gateway Family YMCA.

“YMCAs have a unique ability – through our reach, our values and our mission – to nurture children, strengthen families and guide individuals to good health,” stated Kevin Washington, CEO, YMCA of the USA, “This branch has been welcomed into the worldwide family of YMCAs so that it may put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.”

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 Y impacts the community by providing quality services to people of all ages, races, faiths or incomes. The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community.

For more information about The Gateway Family YMCA, visit To learn programs and services, contact the Five Points Branch 908-688-9622, Elizabeth Branch 908-355-9622, Rahway Branch 908-388-0057 , Wellness Center Branch 908-349-9622, WISE Center YMCA Branch 908-687-2995 or Youth Development Branch 908-355-3061.

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