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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2018 Monterey Rock & Rod Festival Update

Date: June 22, 2018–June 23, 2018

The Monterey Rock & Rod Festival is a major fundraiser for Gateway Center of Monterey Co., Inc.  This event could not take place without the generous assistance of the committee chairs. The following individuals work all year long on this event to give the added recognition to Gateway Center and, of course, the always needed funds for programs. Let’s all thank the following committee chair volunteers; Mike & Cheryl Wecker, Dan Aliotti, Ronnie and Joan Usrey, Kristina Olfson, Judy Anderson, Patricia & Roger Payne, Terry & Angela Wecker, James Wayman, Kathy Jeal, Mark & Kim Russo, Bob & Sue Wecker, Bob Urquides, Jim & Rhonda Chambers, Meredith Crews, Dave & Cathy Ruccello, and A. J. Wecker. 

This 12th Annual Festival kicked off with an Old Fashion Sock Hop, complete with BBQ, live music by the Yard Dogs and Jeremy “Elvis” Pearce & The Memphis Sons, a silent and live auction on Friday, June 21, 2018 which was held in the Monterey Room at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center. Saturday the event moved to Downtown Monterey at the Custom House Plaza. Over 150 classic cars and trucks were on display, along with food and merchandise vendors. 

This year’s headliner was Janis Joplin’s Original Band Big Brother and the Holding Company, featuring Darby Gould. The weather was great with thousands of attendees present throughout the day. We will be presenting a check to Gateway Center at their Board of Directors meeting on August 30th. We also must thank all of our sponsors so please visit our website at montereyrockrod.com for a complete list.

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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. 


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