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“YMCA of Paterson surpasses the John Hovey Family $25,000 matching challenge donation. 

John Hovey, center, presents $25,000 check to Board President, Francis Blesso, right, and CEO, Gerard Gilliam, left.





“The YMCA of Paterson recently received a $1,000 donation from The St. Luke Baptist Church Helping Hand Ministry. Board President,  Francis Blesso accepted the check on behalf of the YMCA, which was presented by SLBC Ministry Leader, Cynthia Harris.  Our thanks and appreciation to Rev. Clayton and the members of St. Luke Baptist Church, Paterson, NJ.”


Congratulations !

 To all 5th Annual Achievers’  and 1st Hall of Fame recipients!!!



Business/Philanthropy Award  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Bragg Funeral Homes, Inc.

Business/Philanthropy Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  John Imparato, CEO Giannella’s Modern Baking Co.

Arts & Entertainment Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Collins, International Model

Social Justice Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Kenyatta Stewart, Esq.

SOLO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Nona Raine Fulmore Harris


Dr. Joseph S. Fulmore                                     Franklin Jacobs

Adolph J. Galluccio, Esq.                                  Lemar Leftwich (Posthumously)

Larry Gutlerner                                               Ray Lyde

John Hovey                                                    Alonzo Moody

Joyce Jackson                                                Peter Rendina, Jr.

                                                                   Charles Richardson  


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We deliver the innovative training, resources and support to empower our members and community to make change, bridge gaps and overcome obstacles.

The roots of the YMCA of Paterson are buried deep in the history of the “Silk City.”  During our nation’s tragic Civil War, several young men gathered in a local congregational church, wrote a constitution and, according to one contemporary source, planned ”an interesting course of social, intellectual, and spiritual exercises.”

From its early beginning in 1863 until 1867, the YMCA of Paterson seemed to alternate between periods of great popularity and community involvement and intervals of inactivity and public appeals for membership.

The first YMCA of Paterson building was located at 20-202 Market Street.  The facility offered a gym, bible classes, a reading room, and an “employment bureau.”

In 1892, the YMCA of Paterson moved into the former Cooke home on Ellison Street.  Mrs. Sarah E. Cooke had donated her elegant mansion to the YMCA of Paterson in memory of her late husband John Cooke of the renowned locomotive firm Danforth & Cooke.   A building containing bath, bowling alleys, a gymnasium, and an assembly hall was erected behind this facility.

Paterson’s historic 1902 fire destroyed the YMCA of Paterson building on Ellison Street, but a new facility was soon erected at 137 Ellison Street.  The new facility boasted dormitories, a swimming pool, track, and a library.  Services included assistance to immigrants and fund-raising for American military forces during World War I.

Our present YMCA headquarters opened on September 14, 1930.  This facility was constructed when the 137 Ellison Street location became too small to accommodate the varied needs of the residence, youth, and physical departments.  The new facility was built at a cost of $1,500,000.  Shortly after moving in, the YMCA of Paterson initiated a relief and job referral service for victims of the Depression.  During World War II, pre-induction physical training was offered to potential military recruits.

The YMCA of Paterson has shifted its course from a predominantly recreational facility to a community center that offers housing to vulnerable populations, as well as social, cultural, and educational services for people of all ages.  The staff of the YMCA of Paterson takes pride in this ability to adapt our programs to meet the current needs of the community.  The staff of the YMCA of Paterson hails predominantly from the Paterson community and reflects the rich diversity of this city


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The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all by designing programing which develops healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Read more about our financial assistance under the Healthy & Well Being Center Membership Fee Tab.