Working to end homelessness, the nonprofit Gateway Center was established in 2005 on the principles of dignity, respect, integrity, hospitality, and self-determination. To best serve the area’s homeless population, the center partners with a variety of individuals and organizations to support people and their own dedicated efforts to achieve permanent housing. With 330 beds and an in-house clinic, the Gateway Center offers eight residential programs that deal with veteran’s needs, employment training, and mental health issues, among other topics. Some programs, like the Clothing Closet and partnerships with the Department of Labor, are not available every day.
To raise funds for its efforts, the Gateway Center hosts a number of events throughout the year. Upcoming events include a celebration of lives changed by the center and its programs, a spring benefit concert, and a chance for homeless residents to connect with valuable services and organizations. Interested people can volunteer to support the center with their time and efforts, whether they help with the Clothing Closet, serve meals, or just interact with clients.