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Gateway Children’s Services is Joining the Global #GivingTuesday Movement to Help Children in Need

December 1, 2020 marks this year’s Giving Tuesday – a global day of giving that encourages individuals, communities and organizations to give and to celebrate generosity. Gateway Children’s Services is asking for our community to show up, give back, and help children who have been abused, neglected and abandoned by donating on #GivingTuesday. 

Gateway Children’s Services helps Kentucky’s most at-risk children and families receive the care they need through a Qualified Residential Treatment Program, Emergency Shelter, Therapeutic Foster Care, Adoption Services, Outpatient Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse programs.  The residential treatment program and emergency shelter, located in the heart of downtown Mount Sterling, provides a safe, structured program where our children live, provided school instruction, therapy, medical care, wholesome meals and physical well-being, all while being surrounded by caring people.  In the most recent youth satisfaction survey, 100% of youth in the residential program believe Gateway’s staff care about them and they feel safe. 

Founded in 2012, GivingTuesday has inspired millions of people to give back and support the causes they believe in. Asha Curran, GivingTuesday’s CEO and co-founder said, “We believed in the idea that people fundamentally want to give and to talk about giving. People and organizations around the world proved us right. As we prepare for December 1, we’re energized and encouraged by the community’s generosity.”

CEO Joe Gomes said, “The stakes are high – there are nearly 9,500 children in Kentucky’s care because the people they depended on to love and protect them the most did not. The coronavirus has only amplified the need to purchase additional cleaning supplies and other equipment to keep our kids and staff safe and healthy.  This holiday season, YOU can help at least one child by making a donation today.  Our goal is to raise $22,500 for our children to help buy clothing, medical supplies, sponsor outings/activities, buy holiday gifts and we also need to upgrade serving equipment in our kitchen.  All donations, no matter how big or small, will matter in a life of a child in need.  We are always good stewards of your money and donations never go to pay for staff salaries – all donations go directly to help the children who need it the most.  We appreciate our supporters and I hope they will join me in making a meaningful donation on Giving Tuesday on December 1, 2020.”

Those wanting to help children who have been abused, neglected and abandoned this holiday season are encouraged to mail a tax deductible donation to Gateway Children’s Services, 37 North Maysville, Mount Sterling, Kentucky 40353 or donate online at www.gatewaychildrensservices.org/givingtuesday.

Gateway Children’s Services is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization and has been providing services to children and families since 1981.  For more information, please call 859.498.9892, visit gatewaychildrensservices.org or facebook.com/GatewayChildrensServices. 

Gateway Children’s Services Receives Kentucky Housing Corporation Grant

October 26, 2020 – Gateway Children’s Services has been awarded a strategic operating grant of $15,000 from the Kentucky Housing Corporation.  The Kentucky Housing Corporation invests in affordable housing solutions by offering programs and services designed to develop, preserve, and sustain affordable housing throughout the state.  This strategic operating grant will support Gateway Children’s Services in providing emergency shelter services to children ages 10-17 from the entire state of Kentucky that are homeless, at risk of homelessness and are runaways. 

Children are referred to Gateway’s program by DCBS (Department of Community Based Services), Family/District Court Judges, Court Designated Workers and law enforcement personnel as a result of neglect, abuse, abandonment, parental drug abuse, status and minor criminal offenses and/or homelessness.  Gateway Children’s Services program is one of only two agencies in the state that serve children in need of emergency shelter that are unaccompanied by an adult. 

Gateway Children’s Services helps at-risk children and families receive the services they need through our Qualified Residential Treatment Program, Emergency Shelter, Therapeutic Foster Care, Adoption Services, Outpatient Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse programs. 

Gateway Children’s Services is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization in the heart of downtown Mount Sterling, Kentucky and has been providing services to children and families since 1981.  For more information, please call 859.498.9892, visit www.gatewaychildrensservices.org  or www.facebook.com/gatewaychildrensservices.

Gateway Children’s Services Seeks Foster Families During Pandemic

October 26, 2020 – For 40 years, Gateway Children’s Services in Mt. Sterling, KY has provided “A Lifeline for Change” to Kentucky’s children who have been abused, neglected and abandoned. Our Therapeutic Foster Care program was founded on the belief that every child should be in a safe and loving home.

Our Therapeutic Foster Care program serves children:

  • Ages 0-21;
  • From across all of Kentucky;
  • Children who will return to their biological families;
  • Children who will be adopted; 

Our Forever Homes
About 50% of children in foster care will become eligible for adoption. Since the pandemic began in mid-March, 11 children have been adopted from the Gateway Children’s Services foster care program. Two siblings have been reunited with their biological mother and a newborn baby has been united with his four siblings.

The Current Situation
Since the beginning of COVID-19, Kentucky’s reporting of child abuse and neglect has dropped due to the lack of trusted adults spending time with children during school and extracurricular activities.  Gateway Children’s Services CEO, Joe Gomes, speaks to Kentucky’s current foster care situation in rural communities during a time when rural communities are battling the COVID-19 pandemic, an increase in substance abuse and overdose deaths, high unemployment and many other stressors for children and families.

“Rural communities have been hit hard. Some families were already experiencing the stressors of unemployment, poverty, addiction, lack of access to services and technology. Isolation from support systems such as schools and lack of internet connectivity for telehealth services during the pandemic have placed vulnerable children and families at greater risk. As the stressors increase, the likelihood of child abuse and neglect in homes already experiencing struggles such as mental health disorders, domestic violence and addiction also increases. When neglected and abused children are removed from unsafe homes, frequently foster care is their only option for safety and love.”

If you suspect a child has been abused, neglected or abandoned, you are required by law to report it.  Please call (877) 597-2331 or (877) KYSAFE1.  You may be the only person that can save a child’s life.

CURRENT COMMUNITY NEEDS
Children in your community need YOU. When children are removed from family members due to neglect, abuse or abandonment the state social workers try to find foster families in the same county to care for them. This means your home could provide a life changing experience and an opportunity to love a child who needs it the most.

Teenagers and children with special needs are the most underserved children in our foster care system. We urgently need families to foster teenagers who have experienced multiple traumas in their lives and children with medical diagnoses, developmental delays and intellectual delays. Thousands of teens in foster care are looking for the love, support, and encouragement that families provide forever not just until they’re 18.

Nearly half of the children in foster care have chronic medical problems and unmet health care needs. There is a growing population of children entering foster care after having been exposed to alcohol and other substances during pregnancy. In addition to the withdrawal symptoms immediately after birth, this exposure frequently impacts the brain in a negative way.  They often struggle with sensory processing, developmental and intellectual delays.

How Gateway Children’s Services supports children and foster families In addition to our basic foster care services, Gateway Children’s Services offers medically complex foster care, therapeutic foster care, and adoption services. We partner with foster families to meet the needs of children by offering families:

  • Free pre-service and ongoing training opportunities
  • In-home services including case management and counseling/therapy
  • 24 Hour Support (Emergency support for after hours, weekend and holidays)
  • Assistance with school registration and advocacy in school and legal systems
  • Daily care reimbursement based on the child’s age and behavioral needs
  • Recruitment bonuses for referrals of new foster parents
  • Respite care if you need time away and
  • Support from the local community that frequently donates child specific items when needed

How you can help
Gateway Children’s Services is preparing for a spike in children entering foster care due to the COVID-19 pandemic and substance abuse crisis. You can help by:

Gateway Children’s Services is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization in Mount Sterling, Kentucky and has been providing services to children and families since 1981.  Please call Denise at 859.498.9892, email fostercare@gatewaychildren.org, visit gatewaychildrensservices.org/foster-care-services/ or facebook.com/gatewayfostercare  to learn more TODAY.


September 2020 Newsletter

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Gateway Children’s Services Designated a Qualified Residential Treatment Facility

August 11, 2020 – Gateway Children’s Services was officially designated by the Department of Community Based Services (DCBS) as one of 9 organizations in Kentucky as a Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP).  QRTP designation requires Gateway Children’s Services to provide a higher level of family involvement, follow up care after leaving the facility, case management services and trauma informed environment and staff training in this area.

On July 1, 2020, the Department of Community Based Services (DCBS) reported the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), has been fully implemented.  This federal legislation passed in 2018, focuses on improving outcomes for children and families by providing services through proven evidence based practices.

Key components of the FFPSA include foster care prevention services such as mental health, substance abuse treatment services, in-home, parent skill-based programs and individual & family counseling.  A QRTP provides the least restrictive environment and it also provides the most appropriate level of care for specific short-term and long-term mental and behavioral health care for children.

CEO Joe Gomes states, “The QRTP designation has only been given to 9 facilities across the state and to be named one of those facilities provides the assurance to our stakeholders, especially the at-risk children and families we serve, that we are committed to providing the highest quality of care to Kentucky’s most vulnerable children”. More About Gateway Children’s Services.

Gateway Children’s Services helps at-risk children and families receive the services they need through our Residential Program, Emergency Shelter, Therapeutic Foster Care, Adoption Services, Outpatient Behavioral Health Counseling & Substance Abuse programs.

Gateway Children’s Services is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization in Mount Sterling, Kentucky and has been providing services to children and families since 1981.  For more information, please call 859.498.9892, visit gatewaychildrensservices.org or facebook.com/gatewaychildrensservices.


New Director of Therapeutic Foster Care

July 13, 2020 – It is with great pleasure to announce that Denise Spittler will be joining our Gateway Children’s Services team, as the Foster Care Program Director.  Denise will assume her position starting July 13, 2020.  Denise earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Mississippi College, and her Master of Business Administration from Belhaven University, Jackson, Mississippi. 

Denise started her career with the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor. She then worked for Hollins & Associates in Nashville TN, as the Office Manager.  She then spent the next 13 years as Program Director for Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, in Lexington.  Most recently since 2018, she has been the Program Director for the Neurorestorative program of Lexington, supervising over 30 employees. 

Denise is described as an individual that has a unique skill set both social services and business settings.   She is an outstanding manager, communicator and goal oriented. Self-starter, very client focused and not afraid to get her hands dirty.

Please join me in welcoming Denise Spittler to Gateway Children’s Services as we continue to provide outstanding services to children and families. 


June 2020 Newsletter

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CANCELLATION: Gateway Children’s Services 13th Annual Cornhole Tournament & Silent Auction

It is with great sadness to announce the CANCELLATION of the Gateway Children’s Services 13th  Annual Cornhole Tournament & Silent Auction due to COVID-19.  We’ve been closely monitoring the situation and due to the overwhelming concerns of the virus, we know cancelling the event is the right decision based on the information we have today.  To say the least, we are disappointed and we know you are too.

Sadly, this is the first time in 13 years the Cornhole Tournament will not take place.  Canceling our single BIGGEST fundraising event of the year was not taken lightly especially realizing it will impact our organization’s fundraising goals.

Last year, our sponsors and participants helped raise $12,000 and every dollar supported our mission to be “A Lifeline of Change” for Kentucky’s children who have been abused, neglected and abandoned.  Our work must go on regardless of the added expenses of COVID-19 because our children need us.

Thank you for your understanding and we can’t thank you enough for supporting Gateway Children’s Services.  We look forward to planning another great event in 2021.  In the meantime, we’ll continue doing everything we can to keep our children healthy and safe.  If YOU can help, please donate online at www.gatewaychildrensservices.org/donations or by mailing in your check to 37 North Maysville, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353.


SAVE THE DATE: May 5, 2020
Gateway Children’s Services to Participate in #GivingTuesdayNow

GivingTuesday, the groundbreaking global generosity movement, announced #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.  Gateway Children’s Services helps Kentucky’s children who have been abused, neglected and abandoned receive they services they need to heal from trauma.


SAVE THE DATE: August 8, 2020
Gateway Children’s Services Cornhole Tournament 

Gateway Children’s Services will host the 13th Annual Cornhole Tournament during the Smalltown America Festival on August 8, 2020.  More details for participants, sponsors and silent auction donations coming soon!


March 2020 Newsletter

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Gateway Children’s Services will Hold Foster Parent Information Session on March 24, 2020

This event has been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak – stay tuned for future information.

Has it been on your heart to become a foster parent? Do you want to open your home to a child in need? Have you been thinking about fostering or adoption but you’re just not sure? Do you just want to learn more?

Join Gateway Children’s Services on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at the Montgomery County Public Library from 5:30-6:30 pm to talk one-on-one with one of our team members, learn about the foster care certification process, ask questions, take home information and even an application.  *Those attending are under NO obligation to begin the process of becoming a certified foster parent.

Gateway Children’s Services is a 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit located in the heart of Mount Sterling. We help Kentucky’s battered, abused and neglected children and their families heal from the trauma they’ve experienced. Call 859.498.9892 if you have questions.


Gateway Children’s Services Receives Kentucky Housing Corporation Grant

December 27, 2019 – Gateway Children’s Services has been awarded a strategic operating grant of $15,000 from the Kentucky Housing Corporation.  The Kentucky Housing Corporation invests in affordable housing solutions by offering programs and services designed to develop, preserve, and sustain affordable housing throughout the state.  This strategic operating grant will support Gateway Children’s Services in providing emergency shelter services to children ages 10-17 from the entire state of Kentucky that are homeless, at risk of homelessness and are runaways.

Children are referred to Gateway’s program by DCBS (Department of Community Based Services), Family/District Court Judges, Court Designated Workers and law enforcement personnel as a result of neglect, abuse, abandonment, parental drug abuse, status and minor criminal offenses and/or homelessness.  Gateway Children’s Services program is one of only two agencies in the state that serve children in need of emergency shelter.

Gateway Children’s Services helps at-risk children and families receive the services they need through our Residential Program, Emergency Shelter, Therapeutic Foster Care, Adoption Services, Outpatient Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse programs.

Gateway Children’s Services is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization in the heart of downtown Mount Sterling, Kentucky and has been providing services to children and families since 1981.  For more information, please call 859.498.9892, visit www.gatewaychildrensservices.org  or www.facebook.com/gatewaychildrensservices.

From left to right: Joe Gomes, CEO; Lynda Mae Wilson, Director of Development & Community Engagement; Leslie Godby, Financial Manager; Brenda Parsely, Financial Manager in Training; Janessia Townsend, Residential CMA



Gateway Children’s Services is Joining the Global #GivingTuesday Movement to Help Children in Need

GivingTuesday, taking place on December 3, 2019, is a global day of giving that encourages individuals, communities and organizations to give and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Gateway Children’s Services is asking for our community to show up, give back, and help abused, neglected and abandoned children in need by donating on #GivingTuesday.

Gateway Children’s Services helps Kentucky’s most at-risk children and families receive the care they need through a Residential Program, Emergency Shelter, Therapeutic Foster Care, Adoption Services, Outpatient Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse programs.  The residential program and emergency shelter, located in the heart of downtown Mount Sterling, provides a safe, structured program with school instruction, therapy and physical well-being, all while being surrounded by caring people.  In a recent youth satisfaction survey, 100% of youth in the residential program believe Gateway’s staff care about them and they feel safe.

Founded in 2012, GivingTuesday has inspired millions of people to give back and support the causes they believe in. Asha Curran, GivingTuesday’s CEO and co-founder said, “We believed in the idea that people fundamentally want to give and to talk about giving. People and organizations around the world proved us right. As we prepare for December 3, we’re energized and encouraged by the community’s generosity.”

CEO Joe Gomes said, “Our goal is to raise $20,000 for our children to help buy clothing, medical supplies, sponsor outings/activities and we also need to replace a commercial grade dishwasher for our kitchen.  All donations, no matter how big or small, will matter in a life of a child in need.  We are good stewards of our money and donations never go to pay for staff salaries – all donations go directly to help the children who need it the most.  We appreciate our supporters and I hope they will join me in making a meaningful donation on Giving Tuesday.”

Those who are interested in joining Gateway Children’s Services #GivingTuesday initiative can donate online at  www.gatewaychildrensservices.org/givingtuesday or mail a tax deductible donation to 37 North Maysville, Mount Sterling, KY 40353.

Gateway Children’s Services is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization and has been providing services to children and families since 1981.  For more information, please call 859.498.9892, visit gatewaychildrensservices.org or facebook.com/gatewaychildrensservices.

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Fazoli’s in Winchester, KY to Host Fundraiser – Nov 4, 2019

Fazoli’s at 16 Carol Road in Winchester, KY will host a fundraiser for Gateway Children’s Services on Monday, November 4, 2019 from 11am-8pm.  When ordering your meal, tell them you are supporting Gateway Children’s Services and they’ll donate 20% of your order cost to us!  Let us know you’re planning to attend by committing to eat.


Gateway Children’s Services Awarded $420,000 Grant from Federal Home Loan Bank-Cincinnati.  

Gateway Children’s Services recently announced they received a grant from Federal Home Loan Bank-Cincinnati (FHLB) in the amount of $420,000 to purchase the Adrian Arnold Building at 37 N. Maysville St, which serves as their primary location.  Gateway Children’s Services CEO Joe Gomes said the vision to purchase the building came about as a result of their board of directors and staff strategic planning process two years ago. Gomes stated, “as we started looking towards the future changes in the child welfare system, we wanted to ensure that we had sufficient funding to continue strengthening our current programs such as Residential Treatment Services, Therapeutic Foster Care, Adoption Services and Outpatient Behavioral Health Counseling.”  Gomes added, “by purchasing the facility and utilizing the FHLB grant as partial payment on the building, we are able to reduce our overhead expenses and reinvest this savings in expanding programs that provide services to Kentucky’s vulnerable children, youth and families.”

Gomes said they worked with several community partners to realize not only the purchase of the building, but to obtain grant funding as well.  “We initially approached Daren Turner, former owner of the building, and communicated our vision for the future of our organization.  Mr. Turner completely supported our plan and agreed to sell us the building.  We then began looking for funding options and applied for grant funding with FHLB-Cincinnati.”  Gomes explained that FHLB grants are very competitive, and the entire process took approximately 18 months.  Gomes added,” We are also very appreciative of the support and guidance we received from Traditional Bank, who served as our partner bank in this endeavor.”

Gateway Children’s Services “A Lifeline for Change” — values personal relationships and collaboration with others as key elements in helping our most vulnerable population – abused, neglected and dependent children – prepare for life’s challenges. Gateway Children’s Services is a private non-profit 501(C) 3 organization.


12th Annual Cornhole Tournament 2019
August 10, 2019

Cornhole Presenting Sponsors

Mount Sterling & Owingsville Stores


2019 Cornhole Donations

Presenting Sponsors
Save A Lot- Mt Sterling and Owingsville Stores Life Board Sponsors
The Walker Company
Southwest Airlines Life Preserves Sponsors
Community Trust Bank
Key Stone Financial Group
Traditional Bank
Walmart
Walt Disney World Life Saver Sponsors
Bird Consulting
Bluegrass Office Systems
Cooper Standard Automotive
Dr. Alaine Barber
Dairy Queen
KY Farm Bureau
Lyn Clay Flowers
Living Water Community Church
Mt. Sterling First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ
Murphy Reality
The Judy Country Store
Renee’s Bridal
Rotary Club
Slade & Collins Insurance Lifeguard Sponsors
Berryman’s Restaurant
Casewell- Prewitt Reality
Colors Inc.
Legacy Benefits Groups
Faulkner, King and Wenz
Linton Spine & Joint Chiropractic Center
Mt Sterling Kiwanis Club
Mt Sterling Clinic
Mt. Sterling Lions Club
Mt. Sterling Pediatrics
Oldfield Used Cars
Reid Village Baptist Church
Swallows Agency
Swartz Mowing
Townsend Financial Planning
Whitaker Bank
Whitaker Pharmacy
Shipmates Sponsors
African Safari Wildlife Park
Ameila & Jackie Ruth
Ark Encounter
Arby’s
Beech Bend Park
Cattleman’s Roadhouse
Chick Fil-A
Chicago Cubs
Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Zoo
Creation Museum
Don Senor
Fastenal
Frisch’s Big Boy
Hardee’s
Holbrook Drugs
Holiday World
Indianapolis Colts
Jerry Taylor
John T. Lane, CPA
Keenland Race Track
Kentucky Horse Park
Los Rodeos
Louisville Bats
Louisville Zoo
Merle Norman
Montgomery Tractor Sales
NASCAR Hall of Fame
NASCAR Speedpark
Natural Bridge State Park
Nestles
Newport Aquarium
Ober Gatlinburg
Paps John’s
Perfect North Slopes
Pittsburgh Steelers
Red River Appalachian
Rumpke
Russ & Pat Henry
Ruth Hunt
Save A Lot Distribution Center
State Farm
Sterling Academy of Dance
Tammy Lennon
Shaw’s Heating & Cooling
Flowers on Main
Rusty Skinner, D.V.M

 2019 Gateway Children’s Services Cornhole Tournament Winners

1st Place Cornhole

1st Place Winners
Trellis Cisco- Matewan, WV
Columbus Cisco- Matewan, WV

3rd Place Cornhole

3rd Place Winners
David Barnes- Clay City, KY
James Lovins- Frankfort, KY 

2nd Place Cornhole

2nd Place Winners 
BJ Jump- Georgetown, KY
Dale Polley- Georgetown, KY

4th Place Cornhole

4th Place Winners 
Brandon Duckett- Lebanon Junction, KY
Dylan Ramsey- Lawrenceburg, KY

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