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

Date: June 22, 2018–June 23, 2018

The Twelfth Annual Monterey Rock & Rod Festival, June 22 and 23, 2018, is a celebration of rock & roll and custom & classic cars and trucks benefitting Gateway Center of Monterey County, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization which provides services and support to adults with intellectual disabilities in Monterey County.

The festival kicks off Friday evening, June 22 at 5pm with a good old-fashioned SOCK HOP held in the Monterey Room at the Monterey County Fairgrounds & Event Center. Back “in the house” this year is Jeremy “Elvis” Pearce & The Memphis Sons as well as our incomparable house band, the Yard Dogs. A Show-N-Shine, no-host BBQ and full bar, silent and live auctions, along with best-dressed and best-dance contests will take place. Sock Hop tickets are $20 and will be available at the door.

The Rock and Rod show will be held at the Custom House Plaza in beautiful downtown Monterey near Fisherman’s Wharf. Starting at 10am and ending at 6:00pm, this year’s Show-N-Shine will feature 1975 and older vintage, customs, classics, hot rods, street rods, muscle cars, and trucks. Vehicles will be judged and are eligible to win merchant awards, one of 15 Awards of Excellence or the Best of the West honor. Public admission to car show and live music downtown is FREE!

The all day festival will feature music headliner Big Brother & The Holding Company. Also look forward to live entertainment by Jeremy “Elvis” Pearce & The Memphis Sons, the Yard Dogs, Los High Tops, Project TBA, DJ AL B, and more.

Enjoy good fun for a great cause while helping to make a positive difference in the lives of the men and women that Gateway Center serves.

Testimonials

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