We are "A Lifeline for Change" to children and families.

Mt Sterling, KY   |
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EIN: 61-1033836


Gateway Children's Services provides preventative services to children and families and we are a "Lifne for Change" for children who have been abused, neglected, abandoned, and exposed to drugs alcohol in utero. We provide therapeutic services to children throughout Kentucky in our Qualified Residential Treatment Program, Emergency Shelter, Alternative to Detention, Therapeutic Foster Care, Medically Complex Foster Care, Adoption Services, and Substance Misuse Programs.

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Ms. Denise Spittler

Main address

37 N Maysville St

Mt Sterling, KY 40353 USA

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Formerly known as

Gateway Juvenile Diversion Project



Subject area info

Mental health care


Foster care

Family counseling

Youth services

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Population served info

Children and youth




Non-adult children

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Group Home, Residential Treatment Facility - Mental Health Related (F33)

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Our programs

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

Residential Treatment

Our Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) provides a trauma informed care supportive environment where children and youth, ages 10-17, have an opportunity to learn key skills needed to become healthy responsible citizens.

We are a trauma informed, "no restraint" facility providing short & long term programs for Kentucky's youth. Our program is guided by the Family First Prevention Services Act.

PROGRAMS OFFERED: Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP), Emergency Shelter with Treatment, Alternative to Detention, and a Stepdown from Juvenile Justice & Psychiatric Facilities

SERVICES PROVIDED: Clinical Therapy, Medical Services, Education, Independent Living Skills, Substance Abuse Treatment, Psychiatric Care, Case Management, Recreation, Family Involvement & Supervised Visitations, and Post Discharge Services

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Foster Care Program allows children to be in a less restrictive home setting.  Services include: child assessment/evaluation, foster parent recruiting and certification, on-going case management, and counseling services for both child and parents.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth

Our Outpatient Behavioral Health Program provides supportive services to children and families to help overcome parenting challenges, strengthen relationships and address barriers in accessing mental health and medical services.

SERVICES PROVIDED: Family Support Services, Counseling, Parent Skill Building, Substance Abuse Treatment, DUI Classes, Anger Management, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Assessments, & more.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth
Non-adult children

Where we work


Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation 2019


Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2023

Children's Alliance of Kentucky 2023

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 Audit 2022-2021
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6.89 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

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Average of 9.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

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Average of 18% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of GATEWAY CHILDREN'S SERVICES’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $610,063 $201,839 $291,569 $47,987 $857,159
As % of expenses 37.1% 11.2% 17.0% 2.7% 37.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $577,416 $168,842 $257,957 $11,403 $816,162
As % of expenses 34.5% 9.2% 14.7% 0.6% 35.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,252,451 $2,005,738 $2,008,934 $1,818,721 $3,133,923
Total revenue, % change over prior year 18.6% -11.0% 0.2% -9.5% 72.3%
Program services revenue 66.4% 82.2% 71.9% 71.8% 65.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.2% 0.2% 0.3% 0.2%
Government grants 11.4% 12.9% 12.8% 14.2% 18.4%
All other grants and contributions 21.3% 4.6% 3.9% 4.6% 4.1%
Other revenue 0.8% 0.2% 11.1% 9.1% 11.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,642,388 $1,803,899 $1,717,365 $1,770,734 $2,276,764
Total expenses, % change over prior year -3.5% 9.8% -4.8% 3.1% 28.6%
Personnel 58.8% 57.5% 61.3% 61.2% 61.3%
Professional fees 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 3.4% 2.2% 2.1% 2.0% 1.4%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 37.5% 40.0% 36.2% 36.5% 37.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,675,035 $1,836,896 $1,750,977 $1,807,318 $2,317,761
One month of savings $136,866 $150,325 $143,114 $147,561 $189,730
Debt principal payment $461,815 $0 $25,792 $240,649 $50,606
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $104,122
Total full costs (estimated) $2,273,716 $1,987,221 $1,919,883 $2,195,528 $2,662,219

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 10.9 12.7 14.5 12.9 10.9
Months of cash and investments 13.1 14.7 17.1 15.2 15.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 14.1 15.0 17.6 15.6 15.8
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $1,486,793 $1,904,514 $2,078,949 $1,906,148 $2,072,295
Investments $305,548 $310,001 $361,669 $334,235 $869,286
Receivables $202,428 $141,641 $181,702 $186,389 $228,388
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,450,346 $1,453,846 $1,461,254 $1,493,196 $1,597,318
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 12.5% 14.8% 17.0% 19.1% 20.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 27.8% 29.8% 27.5% 23.2% 18.8%
Unrestricted net assets $2,366,521 $2,535,363 $2,793,320 $2,804,723 $3,620,885
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $2,366,521 $2,535,363 $2,793,320 $2,804,723 $3,620,885

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Ms. Denise Spittler

Mrs. Denise Spittler has served with Gateway Children's Services as our Therapeutic Foster Care Director, Chief Operating Officer and transitioned into the CEO position in October 2021. Bringing expertise and capacity to the role of CEO, Denise earned her MBA from Belhaven University and her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Mississippi College. She began her career in a domestic violence shelter and then moved on to Information Technology with the Mississippi Department of Audit as a statewide IT trainer for seven years. Denise spent 13 years as Program Director and Developer with Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, a nonprofit serving individuals with disabilities and economic disadvantages. Here she led a team that built the first public school program on a state park serving youth with behavioral challenges. Prior to joining Gateway Children’s Services, she was a Program Director for a community based brain injury rehabilitation program in Lexington, KY. Denise has a unique skill set in the social services, nonprofit management and business. She is an outstanding manager, communicator, self-starter and goal oriented individual, who possess an outstanding vision for the future of Gateway Children’s Services.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 05/20/2023
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Board chair

Mr. Jesse Hodgson

Attorney - White, Peck, & Carrington, LLP

Term: 2021 - 2023

Jesse Hodgson

Attorney White Peck Carrington, LLP

Judy Bramblet

Retired Educator

Cay Lane

Former Executive Director Gateway Regional Arts Center

Al Botts

Mayor of Mount Sterling

Scott Holley

Pastor First Christian Church, Mount Sterling

Will Clark

Traditional Bank

Amy Ruth

Retired Health Care

Emily Settle

Dentist, Beacon Hill Family Dentistry

Joe Zakrzewski

Senior Engineer, Cooper Standard Automotive

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