The Gateway Family YMCA (formerly The YMCA of Eastern Union County) 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.

With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive. Anchored in more than 16 neighborhoods throughout Eastern Union and Middlesex Counties in New Jersey, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

Though the world may be unpredictable, one thing remains certain – the Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities.

General Information

The Gateway Family YMCA is a non-profit health and community service organization serving youth, adults and families. We provide a safe and caring environment, positive role models, fun activities and opportunities for people to grow in spirit, mind and body.

Founded in 1900, we are a member of the National Council of the YMCA of the USA and a certified United Way of Greater Union County agency. The YMCA is separately incorporated, locally controlled and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

The Gateway Family YMCA is a CFC registered charity. Please consider making donations in our name.

A copy of the Gateway Family YMCA (formerly The YMCA of Eastern Union County) and its subsidiary YHomes and YMCA Inc. 990 is available upon request or by logging onto Guidestar

Service Area

We serve Eastern Union County and Northern Middlesex County communities surrounding Avenel, Carteret, Clark, Colonia, Elizabeth, Hillside,Kenilworth, Linden, Plainfield, Port Reading, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, Sewaren,Union, Vauxhall, Winfield Park and Woodbridge, NJ. We have a registered membership of nearly 16,000 and an annual operating budget of $12 million.


The Gateway Family YMCA has five branches in Elizabeth, Rahway and Union (Five Points Tucker, Wellness Center & WISE Center) . In addition, two preschool childcare centers and 30 school age child care sites in schools located in Elizabeth, Hillside, Kenilworth, Rahway and Union. Senior Day Care is provided through the WISE Center YMCA Branch located in Union (see WISE Center information).

Core Programs

    For Youth Development

    • Aquatics: Learn to Swim
    • Youth and Teen: Development and Recreation Programs for Ages 6 to 17 Years Old
    • School Age Child Care
    • Child Care: Development and Education Programs for Children Ages 6 weeks to 12 Years Old
    • Day Camp: Child Care and Recreation for Children ages 6 and Older

Financial Assistance

We are a membership organization open to all. Financial assistance available for those in need. Download or request an application for assistance at any one of our three branches.


Join and become a part of our extended family. See our branch locations for information on membership.

The Gateway Family YMCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, health and community service organization of caring staff and volunteers who are dedicated to providing quality services to people of all ages, races, faiths or incomes.