Gateway needs a new facility so that it can continue to effectively meet the safety and support needs of women and children fleeing domestic violence. The shelter was built in 1984. Sincethat time, the community’s population has grown from 80,278 to 207,566 people.
The current lease expired on December 31, 2020, and Gateway must relocate. The property owners have agreed to extend Gateway’s lease while we finish fundraising and build the new shelter.
The demand for shelter space has increased significantly in recent years, requiring Gateway to overcrowd the shelter and book hotel rooms for families. During the 12-month period from July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019, Gateway housed an average of 20 people per night in the 18-bed emergency shelter.
Gateway’s goal is to raise $4.5 million dollars in cash and in-kind support. The new facility will be near public transportation and employment opportunities for clients. When this new facility is finished, Gateway will increase its capacity in the emergency shelter from eight bedrooms to 12 bedrooms and will increase its transitional housing program from 10 apartments to 12 apartments.
Susan J. Daniell
Gateway’s founding members and honorary campaign chairs.
From left: Lynda Askew, Deborah Mack, Sissy Lawson and Julia Cromartie.