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 is Searching for Board Members

Date: July 19, 2019

July 14, 2019

Dear Gateway Community Member,

The board of directors of Gateway Center of Monterey is in search of a few new members to join our team.

We are happy to consider applicants from relevant backgrounds. A few examples include non-profit, human service fields such as special needs adults, autism, elder-care or social work. In addition, we would be interested in applicants with a strong background in non-profit management, fund development or finance.

We also welcome relatives of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Board members with a loved-one tend to have a sense of the needs of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities in our care, providing a compelling interest in ensuring that Gateway's future remains strong and bright.

Specifically, applicants need to be certain that they can commit several hours a month of their time to Gateway. We encourage positive, thoughtful, well informed community members to apply, who will be comfortable with the individuals we serve, and able to work in partnership with our executive team and board.

If you are interested in receiving an application packet, please direct your inquiry to Jim Landman, Vice Chair at jim1348@gmail.com. Or you can call and speak with the Executive Director, Stephanie Lyon, at 831-372-8002 for more information.  

Thank you for your consideration. We hope that you will join us in helping to strengthen Gateway so that it can continue providing top-notch, expert services to the developmentally disabled adults of Monterey County for the next 50 years and beyond.


Jim Landman
Board Vice Chair, Gateway Center of Monterey County

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Confidential, Quality Assurance Hotline

Date: August 21, 2019

We have initiated a Confidential, Quality Assurance Hotline to help improve Gateway Center of Monterey County's services. Click here for more information.

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Thank You Stephanie Lyon

Date: October 29, 2019

It is with great appreciation for our Executive Director, a valued employee with over twenty years of devoted service to Gateway that we announce her departure. We have all benefited from her contributions and wish her the very best. Stephanie's last day will be Thursday October 31, 2019.

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Stephanie Lyon Resignation

Date: October 31, 2019

Dear Friends and Families of Gateway Center of Monterey,

I am writing to let you know that Stephanie Lyon has resigned from Gateway effective as of the end of the day today.

I want to reassure you as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and as the brother of Paul Landman, (a resident at Gateway since 1978), I am as committed to ensuring that Gateway Center has a bright future as anyone.

The Board is meeting this afternoon (October 31, 2019 ) and again tomorrow morning (November 1, 2019). We will be putting a very competent and compassionate interim Executive Director in place as soon as possible.

The Board and staff of Gateway are committed to ensuring that all of our wonderful programs continue to operate as smoothly as they did while Stephanie was Executive Director.

Please check the website in the coming days as we will be posting updates as soon as we can.

Thank you, Jim Landman, President 

Board of Directors, 

Gateway Center of Monterey County 


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Message from Jim Landman, Gateway Board Chairman

Date: November 13, 2019

Message from Jim Landman, Gateway Board Chairman

The Board regrets that many of you were surprised by the suddenness with which Stephanie’s departure occurred.  She was a valued leader and we thank her for her 21 years and for her many contributions to the success of Gateway.  In this transition period, the Board is heartened by the dedicated service and hard work that each of our staff provides daily to Gateway and its consumers.

For the immediate future, as Acting Executive Director, I want you to know that I am here for you, at Gateway (literally).  I also want to assure you that because of our amazing, dedicated staff, Gateway is continuing to operate as it normally does. I am available anytime to hear your concerns.  I don’t claim to be an expert in all of Gateway’s areas of operation, but I have been deeply involved for more than 20 years.  My brother Paul is one of Gateway’s longest term residents and is currently thriving in ICF2 and our new, Communication and Awareness program for consumers with autism.

We are hoping to bring in an interim Executive Director (E.D.) very soon. During this Transition Period, until a permanent E.D. is in place, Natalie Sousa will be overseeing administrative functions and Chris Hunt will be continuing to run the day programs as well as providing support and advice to the rest of the staff and the interim E.D.  Also, please note, that during this period, the Board is committed to making as few changes to programs as possible.

In addition to hiring an interim E.D., we will be hiring an interim replacement manager to replace Judy as (QIDP) in ICF1.  We currently have several interesting prospects.  To help make this happen faster, we are working with consultants, Donna Ferraro, John Moise, and officials at SARC.

The search for a permanent E.D. has begun.  We are enlisting the services of Margaret Donohoe of Leadership in Transition. She is a local expert in non-profit executive searches with lots of relevant experience in the human services area.

I am available anytime to address your questions or concerns.  I look forward to working with you to build a bright future for Gateway.


Jim Landman, Chairman, Board of Directors

Gateway Center of Monterey County

415-517-0493; Jim1348@gmail.com


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