The Gateway Family YMCA Provides Residential Programs to Plainfield Residents
YMCA Provides Housing and Social Services Programs and Union County Hotline

In collaboration with the County of Union, The Gateway Family YMCA is providing housing and social services programs to the City of Plainfield. In addition, The Gateway Family YMCA is providing a 24-Hour Homeless Emergency Response Hotline for those in need of emergency housing and vital services. This hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist Union County individuals and families seeking emergency shelter and other vital services at 908-249-4815.

“The Union County 24-Hour Homeless Emergency Response Hotline is a valuable resource for those in need of emergency housing and other vital services in times of struggle.” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “If you are an individual or family challenged by homelessness, please reach out and call for assistance.”

“The Gateway Family YMCA has served our community for 118 years,” stated Krystal R. Canady, CEO, The Gateway Family YMCA. “Our goal is to provide a continuum of care that provides the assistance necessary to transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency, from shelter to permanent housing.”

The Gateway Family YMCA offers housing and social services programs to support individuals and families in need of a safe environment with opportunities to restructure their lives. The Y provides emergency, transitional, supportive and permanent affordable housing opportunities along with wraparound social services focusing on employment preparation, life skills and case management. These programs include a Men’s Dormitory, a Women’s Dormitory for women and their children, Madison House- a homeless shelter for women and their children, Project Sustain- a 6-month residential program for pregnant women and women with children who are in recovery from addiction, and a Supportive Housing program for individuals who are homeless and disabled. The YMCA also provides low cost, affordable housing to individuals and families.

“The Gateway Family YMCA makes a positive difference in our community by helping homeless and low-income households to achieve stable housing and self-sufficiency,” said Freeholder Vice Chairman Bette Jane Kowalski, who is the Board’s Liaison to the Union County Human Services Advisory Council.

“Our nurturing staff provide the ongoing encouragement and tools needed to maintain a healthy and productive lifestyle,” stated Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO, The Gateway Family YMCA. “On an average evening, over 300 members of our community reside in housing and social services programs provided by The Gateway Family YMCA.”

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 or Residential Programs, visit or contact 908-355-9622.