The Gateway Family YMCA Supports Military Families

The Gateway Family YMCA helps the families of military personnel maintain their health and well-being while their loved ones serve overseas

UNION COUNTY – Military Family Month provides all Americans the opportunity to recognize the dedication, sacrifice and service of military personnel and their families. The Gateway Family YMCA recognizes military families this November, and all year round, by bringing families together to have fun, grow, strengthen their relationships and build connections with other families waiting at home.

“The Y encourages everyone to recognize the sacrifices that military members and their families make in service to our country,” said Krystal R. Canady, CEO, The Gateway Family YMCA, “Residents of Union County can also show support for military personnel by getting involved with the Y or other local organizations that help military families here in our community.”

In support of military families, The Gateway Family YMCA offers a free family membership to qualifying Title 10 personnel and their families, through the Military Outreach Initiative. Those currently eligible to participate in the initiative include: All families of joint deployed National Guard and Reserves; Active Duty Independent Duty station personnel (single or family members); Relocated spouses and family members of deployed Active Duty personnel; and Community Based Wounded Warrior Transition Unit personnel and their families. “Military families have many needs when a loved one is away from home,” said Melynda A. Mileski, COO, “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 has a number of options to help here in our community.” All branches of The Gateway Family YMCA in Elizabeth, Union and Rahway participate in this program for the surrounding communities, allowing families to participate in programs that advance youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

First established in 1993, Military Family Month recognizes the dedication and service of military personnel and their families. On Oct. 30, 2009, President Barack Obama continued this important initiative by proclaiming November as Military Family Month, calling on “all Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service for the tremendous contributions they make in the support of our service members and our Nation.”

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

The Gateway Family YMCA provides military family memberships at no charge.

The Gateway Family YMCA provides military family memberships at no charge.

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