Gateway Center

A Way Home!

aka GATEWAY CENTER   |   ATLANTA, GA   |  www.gatewayctr.org

Mission

To connect people experiencing homelessness with the support necessary to become self-sufficient and find a permanent home.

Ruling year info

2008

CEO

Mr. RAPHAEL HOLLOWAY

Main address

275 PRYOR ST SW www.gatewayctr.org

ATLANTA, GA 30303 USA

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EIN

26-1193832

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Veterans Transitional Housing Program

provides beds for transitional housing (TH) with a maximum stay of up to 2 years. This program is a collaborative project funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Clients must be referred by Atlanta’s Homeless Veterans Program to gain access to this program. Veterans are assessed through case management and connected to all available services including treatment, income, and housing services.

Population(s) Served

The career resource center provides job readiness training, financial literacy, dress for success, resume building, and job linkage.

Population(s) Served

Provides short term housing for up to 180 days and is a residential addiction recovery program designed to support men in their efforts to end their addiction. Clients develop a plan for implementing and sustaining a substance abuse recovery plan, and then connect to employment resources and stable housing. Through intensive case management services and the utilization of a pre-treatment curriculum for single men, individuals are able to remain clean and sober.

Population(s) Served

The program provides housing for up to 18 months. This program is an opportunity for men to first volunteer their time within Gateway Center. After 30 days of success as a RI, men and earn a stipend for their work at the Gateway Center. RIs are clients who have displayed exemplary behavior and determination while in stabilization, but have not yet been able to identify employment opportunities in the community. These clients have an opportunity to develop new job and leadership skills.

Population(s) Served

This program provides short term housing for 180 days for men in need of housing and employment case management as they re-enter the workplace. Addresses various factors that may contribute to homelessness, such as educational, legal, and critical life needs.

Population(s) Served

This program connects men, women, and families with the most appropriate housing resources to assist them in ending their homelessness through the Atlanta Continuum of Care. Gateway Center utilizes an industry standard initial screening tool, the Vulnerability Index-Service Prioritization and Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT). The VI-SPDAT is rooted in leading medical research that determines the chronicity and medical vulnerability of individuals experiencing homelessness. The most vulnerable receive priority placement utilizing this screening tool. Clients are able to stay in the program until they move into permanent housing (began 6/7/2016).

Population(s) Served

Provides short term beds for up to 60 days to veterans referred to Gateway Center by the Veteran Affairs office located at Fort McPherson. Veterans are assessed through case management and connected to all available services including treatment, income, and housing services.

Population(s) Served

Gateway Center launched the Evolution Center on December 6, 2017 to address the needs of Atlanta’s chronically homeless in need of a low barrier shelter option. The Evolution Center provides emotional and physical support for men that are experiencing
homelessness. Evolution Center is designed to provide rapid access to safe shelter that is voluntary 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The goal of this program is to provide shelter beds to individuals who need it most with priority for those who are most acute and have the highest needs.

Population(s) Served

serves as a resource center during the day and an emergency response center under special circumstances. While permanent housing is the end-goal for persons experiencing homelessness, basic humane services are critical to the first efforts in building a relationship and meeting immediate needs. Gateway Center provides several services for non-residents of Gateway Center who are experiencing homelessness. These services include access to restrooms, showers, storage lockers, telephones, cell phone charging stations, clothing, laundry, hygiene supplies, health (physical and behavioral) services, and referral services (i.e. DFCS, ID assistance, and employment resources).

Population(s) Served

provides short-term beds for veterans for up to 5 days. Veterans are assessed for services through Fort McPherson and if eligible are then transitioned to longer term residen-tial programs; rapid re-housing; or permanent supportive housing based on their eligibility and needs.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Gateway Center's (GWC) goals are to end homelessness within the greater Atlanta area and provide support and framework for individuals moving out of homelessness to achieve self-sufficiency.

Organizational strategies related to Gateway's goals include: Continuing to improve upon tracking, evaluation, and costing of outcomes to support enhanced assessment, motivational interviewing, and more intensive case management; Building brand upon Gateway's documented successes and enhancing community awareness; Expanding and balancing funding and enhance donor relationships; Enhancing partnerships and collaboration with community agencies; Utilizing more professionals and alumni in volunteering and internships; Implementing a long-term capital improvement and maintenance plan.

Upon Gateway Center's opening, it was well prepared to begin addressing the issue of homelessness in Atlanta. Mayor Shirley Franklin worked with the Regional Commission on Homelessness, United Way, and other partners to pool together the facility, staff, and resources for Gateway. Although designed to primarily serve men, for eight years it operated an emergency shelter for women and families until those functions could be transferred to the City of Refuge in 2013. It opened in July of 2005, in time for the influx of Katrina refugees in September. Gateway Center is led by Executive Director, Vince Smith. Since 1990, Vince Smith has worked among the homeless in the Atlanta community. He has initiated residential recovery and transitional housing programs, as well as served in key leadership capacity to open 4 centers focused on serving homeless men, women, and children. He is a community leader often called upon by the faith community, the city of Atlanta, United Way of Greater Atlanta, and the Regional Commission on Homelessness to lend his leadership, energies, and expertise.

Gateway has almost completed a decade of work. In addition to the 24/7 services that Gateway provides to any individual experiencing homelessness, there are many Gateway residential programs including some that are staffed by community partner organizations that work onsite to help us provide a "one-stop shop" for our clients. Programs cater to individual needs including general assessment, Veterans support, employment or training support, mental health support, addiction recovery support, or a setting to recover from an injury or illness. Gateway Center provides services and programs for around 5,000 unduplicated clients each year. During the most recently finished fiscal year (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014), Gateway Center had 1,291 unduplicated residential clients. Some clients were in multiple GWC programs. 43% of discharges from a Transitional Housing program moved to a permanent housing situation and 47% moved to a temporary housing situation. 9% of discharges from an Emergency Shelter program moved to a permanent housing situation and 87% moved to a temporary housing situation. 59% of those who successfully completed a Transitional Housing program were stably housed upon discharge. Currently, we are capable of analyzing data for follow ups done 30 days after discharge. There were 436 clients that fell into this window for this fiscal year. Of that, 62% were able to be contacted. 42% of those clients participating in the follow up were stably housed after 30 days.

Financials

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Gateway Center

Board of directors
as of 12/19/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Edward Hardin

Rogers & Hardin LLP

Edward Hardin

Partner, Rogers & Hardin LLP

Robert Glustrom

RCG Companies

Greg Heston

Ernst & Young LLP

Peter McMahon

Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Keith Evans

Westminster Schools

Cindy LeBlanc

White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails

Calvin Ward

BB&T

Mary Benton

Alston & Bird LLP

Rayford Davis

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes