Welcome to Gateway Center of Monterey County

Gateway Center evolved from the determination of a group of concerned parents in 1954 who wanted to offer their special needs infants and children a place to grow and thrive with support from each other. Its purpose was to promote the general welfare of the intellectually disabled and enhance their daily living in the least restrictive environment while maximizing their potential.

As the population aged it became apparent that support services were needed for adults within the disabled community. Gateway Center recognized this need and continued its mission of providing a caring and stimulating environment for the developmentally disabled by offering residential and day program support services for adults.

Today, Gateway Center continues to serve our community by providing numerous options for clients, allowing them to  thrive in a caring, respectful, and supportive environment where they can develop individualized program plans that promote rights, choices, and opportunity for growth.

Gateway Center is committed to provide support services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities by continually expanding our understanding of the ever-changing needs of this community and tailoring our services to support all of our members. Gateway Center is staffed by dedicated, caring, and respectful providers who prove everyday that with a little understanding and patience every member of our community can live a full and satisfying life with dignity and respect.

Gateway in the News

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Gateway Center's Salute to Small Business Award

Date: October 01, 2017–October 31, 2018

Gateway Center has been awarded

The 2017 Salute to Small Business

Best Nonprofit of Monterey County!

We are extremely honored to have been chosen as the Best Nonprofit of 2017! We would like to thank KSBW and Union Bank for this prestigious award and are grateful for all who supported us in this process.

We would not be successful without the amazing dedication of the Gateway Center staff who work tirelessly each day to support and guide all of our clients and residents. Gateway Center is proud to offer various support services to enrich the lives of our participants and we continue to expand our programs so we may offer all adults with disabilities the opportunity to thrive.

Thank you to all of our donors who continue to support our mission!

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David Flores: 2018 Gateway Center Chairman of the Board

Date: September 14, 2018

David has been a board member since 2016. His son Ben attends Gateway's Day Program. He is a retired Fireman having served with both the City of Los Angeles and the City of Santa Clara Fire Departments. He has coached youth basketball in P.G., bowling with Special Olympics in Monterey County, and has served with the Cannery Row Foundation. 

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MC Gives Update

Date: January 10, 2019

$33,170.05 DONATED!

Thank you to all who donated to our MCGives! Campaign.
We couldn't continue our mission without your support.
We appreciate you!

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13th Annual Monterey Rock & Rod Festival

Date: June 21, 2019–June 22, 2019

Join us for the 13th Annual Monterey Rock & Rod Festival to be held June 21 and 22! The festival begins with a Sock Hop at the General Stilwell Community Center in Seaside, CA. Doors open at 5:30pm and the music starts at 6:00pm with the Yard Dogs. Jeremy "Elvis" Pearce and the Memphis Sons will play from 7:30 to 8:30pm. The Yard Dogs will close out the evening from 8:30 to 10:00pm. There will be food and beverages available for purchase. Dress in your favorite 50's attire for the Best Dressed Award and Dance Contest. Tickets are $25 per person.

Saturday's event will take place at the Custom House Plaza–Monterey State Historic Park in downtown Monterey. The show begins at 10:00am and goes until 6:00pm. There will be hundreds of pre-1975 custom and classic cars and trucks. The Greg Kihn Band headlines the show from 4:00–5:30pm with a Meet and Greet from 5:30–6:00pm. Other entertainment will be provided by Jeremy "Elvis" Pearce and the Memphis Sons, Los High Tops, Yard Dogs, Jagged Relics and DJ AL-B. This event is FREE! Visit montereyrockrod.com for more information and to register your car. See ya then!

Proceeds benefit Gateway Center of Monterey County, Inc.


To my son David, Gateway Center is the place where he lives among friends, enjoying as much independence as he can safely assert. He loves the constant activity of group living, and especially enjoys the staff. Though he enjoys visiting with family, he clearly values the autonomy and respect he finds at Gateway. There’s always something going on! As a Mom, I value the peace of mind Gateway provides. Now my son’s future is secure with friends, activities, and a rich social life.

The continued success of Gateway Center is not only vitally important to the residents and staff, but to the families who treasure the quality of life their loved ones would not otherwise enjoy as well. Gateway Center is not an institution warehousing the unfortunate. Gateway Center is a vibrant community that encourages each special resident to be the best that they can be.

Mary Lou/Mother of David, Gateway Resident

How reassuring it is to know that my Granddaughter is living happily under the secure roof of Gateway Center. I am grateful that she is healthy and safe, that she continues to learn how to function in and out of Gateway Center, and that she is receiving tender loving care. Such facilities are difficult to locate when trying to find placement for a family member who is developmentally disabled. We are fortunate. Lisa is encouraged to function to the highest extent of her ability in every area.

Mez/Grandmother of Lisa, Gateway Resident

I believe that the programs Gateway Center provides are excellent because they allow individuals to truly engage in the community and learn new things along the way."

Christopher’s brother, Mark, is ecstatic that Christopher has the opportunity to be a part of the Community Based Program. He believes that the program has improved his brother’s quality of life significantly because it gives Christopher the opportunity to express himself out in the community and is not limited to one place and he is always doing something new. Mark sees more excitement coming from Christopher since he has joined the Community Based program because he enjoys doing their daily activities and socializing with his friends.

Mark Elstob/Brother of Christopher, Gateway Resident