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98 Years of Resilience in an Ever-Changing World

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11.16.18
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98 Years of Resilience in an Ever-Changing World

By Bryan Neider, CEO, Gatepath

I’m proud to share with you Gatepath’s 2017-18 Annual Report, which highlights many of our accomplishments this past fiscal year.

In June we proudly celebrated 98 years of serving children, youth and adults with special needs and developmental disabilities. This incredible milestone was made possible through the generosity of our donors and the dedication of our staff, board of directors, advisory council members, volunteers, corporate and community partners, and the Gatepath Auxiliary. Thanks to your years of support, Gatepath has been able to adapt and thrive in an everchanging landscape.

Despite more than $1.1 billion in budget cuts to California’s developmental disabilities system in recent years, your commitment to our mission has allowed us to remain nimble, and even expand our services to more communities on the Peninsula. Gatepath now has locations in Daly City, South San Francisco, Burlingame, Half Moon Bay, Redwood City, East Palo Alto, Mountain View and Sunnyvale. This allows us to reach nearly 1,000 people every day! We are continuously innovating and evolving to meet our community’s needs through new, high quality programs and services.  You have helped make all of this possible.

Here are a few examples of the impact our teams have had on the lives of those we serve:

  • 36% increase in children receiving developmental screenings and care coordination through our Watch Me Group program at WatchMeGrowSanMateo.org;
  • Opened bilingual Family Resource Center locations in Half Moon Bay and East Palo Alto to reach more families;
  • Doubled the number of children who received Early Intervention or therapy services – now serving 1,200 children;
  • Learning Links Preschool in Mountain View became fully inclusive, with special education teachers onsite;
  • New partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula for inclusive social hangouts and food service training programs for teens and young adults;
  • 16 adults recognized with service awards for volunteering in the community;
  • Created a new path to employment through paid internships;
  • 240 adults employed in the community;
  • Gatepath’s Board of Directors formed an Advocacy Committee to support a public awareness and education initiative to foster increased inclusion and to improve state funding of services.

As we look ahead to our 100th anniversary in 2020, all of us at Gatepath are grateful for your continued support and commitment of our work. I look forward to seeing what amazing things we can achieve together in the future as we continue creating a world where people of all abilities are fully accepted, respected and included.

Read the inspiring stories of accomplishment and achievement of those we serve in our 2018 Annual Report at  https://www.gatepath.org/Publications.