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Nov 11 - Dec 31, 2021

Gateway Center of Monterey County

Mission

WHO WE SERVE We serve adults with developmental disabilities. WHAT WE STRIVE TO ACHIEVE We are successful when our clients are able to achieve meaningful, joyful, and productive lives within their communities. We strive to support each person to achieve their own goals, attain independence, empowerment, and dignity. HOW WE WORK WITH OUR CLIENTS All of our services and programs are individualized and client driven. We offer and deliver a spectrum of person-centered services, dependably, with high standards, which maximizes choice for our clients. We ensure a safe, stable, and supportive environment. Consistent and individualized support is the foundation of everything we do. THE ROLE OF THE FAMILY AND/OR SUPPORT CIRCLE We maintain collaborative relationships and communication with family, friends and other supports to ensure that all service and support is provided with our clients’ best interest in mind. THE ROLE OF GATEWAY IN THE GREATER COMMUNITY Individuals with developmental disabilities are equal members of society. Gateway Center has led by example since 1954, and will continue to provide opportunities to our clients that expand and enrich their lives. This fosters education, awareness, and inclusivity with our community at large.

The Big Idea

The Gateway Center serves adults with developmental disabilities and helps them maintain a life filled with purpose and joy. This year’s Big Idea, Gateway to Fitness, provides all residents and clients with a walking wellness program. They will also include exercise therapy, swim therapy, exercise bikes, wellness fairs, cooking classes and Friday field trips. They believe in empowering individual choices and ensuring all services are offered in a person-centered way. The Gateway Center is also looking to update its nutrition and dietary options to allow for healthier meals.

My sister, Tina Pappas, has attended Gateway Center (GWC) & utilized their services the past 2 years. Prior to the pandemic, she thoroughly enjoyed each & every day she attended the center. She made meaningful connections with the wonderful support staff, attended outings & activities on their campus. When Covid-19 hit last year with the mandatory lockdowns, we understood the importance of the quarantine, but we feared the mental & emotional devastation this could cause a person with a developmental disability. Like a lifeline, the Gateway Center brought education, fun, friendship, mental stimulation & most importantly love & kindness. I cannot thank the staff of Gateway enough for their love and unstoppable dedication to our disabled family members. Without you all we couldn’t have made it through the lonely and unbearable days of isolation. GWC is truly a Gateway to Tina's heart!

- Helene Lubben

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.