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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Monterey County Gives Campaign

Date: January 10, 2020

Update on the Monterey County Gives campaign - We raised $24,402.64!  Thank you all who gave this season to the Monterey County Gives campaign.  Your donations will go towards a much needed new elevator in our Intermediate Care Facility.  This elevator is used on a daily basis to transport clients to the art room, Gym and class rooms. 

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New Executive Director

Date: February 21, 2020

Announcing our New Executive Director, Robert Freiri!

The Board of Directors is proud to announce the appointment of Robert Freiri as Gateway Center’s new Executive Director. Robert comes to us with 30 years of experience in human services and the nonprofit sector. Robert will be responsible for managing our day-to-day operations as well as serving as the main public contact and spokesperson for Gateway. Robert will also help lead our efforts in program development, marketing/communication, finance and philanthropy, in addition to administration and governance. 

The Board is looking forward to working with Robert to build on Gateway’s many strengths.

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Gateway ICF Families

Date: March 16, 2020

March 16, 2020


We are aware of the current Covid-19 situation and have taken the following actions effective immediately and until further notice to help keep everyone safe:

Covid-19 updates are being monitored several times a day

Staff briefings and distribution of materials for Covid-19 have been completed and will continue to be done daily.

Policies and procedures have been updated and we have enhanced infection control methods.

We are enforcing a strict no visitor policy this includes families, volunteers and non-essential healthcare personnel.

Nursing is making daily assessments. Our nurse is in constant contact with Doctor Light.

Frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing is being practiced.

Sanitation stations have been installed in all high traffic areas

All employees and participants are being monitored to make sure no one is sick; EVERYONES temperature is being taken before entry to the facility. We have assigned this task to specific staff members.

Our Pharmacy is prepared to service our clients for the long term

Again, family members are to avoid visiting Gateway Center until further notice. Please utilize phone calls, Skype, texting, and other forms of communication

If you have come in contact with someone who is suspected of having the Coronavirus, please do not enter our facility.

If you have traveled internationally in the last 14 days, please do not enter our facility.

Janitorial services have been doubled. All common surfaces (beds, chairs, tables, counters, door handles, etc.) are frequently cleaned and sanitized.

All outings have been canceled. We are sheltered in place.

Our day program will be limited to ICF clients, non-resident clients are being asked to stay home.

These are very challenging times for us, especially for our clients. We are doing our best to keep them and our staff safe and healthy. As new recommendations come out, we will inform you as best we can.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Robert Freiri

Executive Director

Phone 831 372-8002 x220


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