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New Year, New Name

The YMCA of Eastern Union County Changes Name

Union, NJ, January 07, 2014 --( "The YMCA of Eastern Union County is changing our name to better recognize the communities we serve. In 2014, look for us as The Gateway Family YMCA. This change provides an opportunity to redefine ourselves as an organization. We are changing our name, but our programs and services remain the same. Look for our exciting transition throughout the upcoming months," stated Melynda Mileski, COO of The Gateway Family YMCA.

The Gateway Family YMCA was a name chosen as part of a contest in which the community was asked to participate in helping to define an open, engaging name. Krystal R. Canady, CEO of The Gateway Family YMCA shared, “Our Y serves communities further reaching than the area defined as ‘Eastern Union County’, and we wanted to celebrate all members of our community. The Gateway Family YMCA defines the reach of our organization and our impact in the region we serve.”

Geographically, the Y branches are located in the Gateway Region of the state. In addition, many times the Y is first option for a family towards health; programs that help them reach their potential, or services like child care or housing. The Y stands as a personal Gateway for someone who is at the beginning of their journey towards improving their life. The Gateway Family YMCA feell that Healthy Starts Here!

“This is an exciting time in the history of our YMCA,” stated John Ludington, CVO of The Gateway Family YMCA. “For an organization as well-known and respected as The YMCA of Eastern Union County to consider a change this large speaks to the value placed on the communities we serve.” 2014 will serve as a year of transition, allowing The Gateway Family YMCA branches in Elizabeth, Rahway and Union to make the necessary adjustments related to the name change. To receive transitional updates regarding progress during the transition, please connect with us on Social Media via

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 is more than a gym. It’s a cause. The Y doesn’t just strengthen bodies – it strengthens people, families and communities. The Gateway Family YMCA impacts the community by providing quality services to people of all ages, races, faith or incomes.

For more information about community programs and services provided by The Gateway Family YMCA, please visit or 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
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