The Gateway is a residential recovery program for homeless men in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The Gateway provides transitional housing for a maximum of 24 men at any given time. An average of 45 men per year are served by this program. The first man moved into The Gateway in 1992 and since that time the program has served over 1,000 men.
In the first weeks of the program, residents get a physical, obtain a mental health evaluation, update their resumes, seek employment, open a savings account, and establish a solid recovery system including attendance at 12-step meetings, journaling, reading about addiction and obtaining a sponsor.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a history of substance abuse and addiction. Residents are referred to The Gateway by counselors at drug and alcohol treatment programs, homeless shelters, probation and parole, prisons, hospitals, jails and departments of social services. Referral by a counselor is required.
Established residents have a strong recovery foundation, serve as role models for newer residents and typically have more responsibilities, as well as privileges. Residents are breathalyzed daily and drug tested on a random basis at least monthly to hold them accountable. The Gateway Program provides in-house training in relapse prevention, anger management and violence prevention, helping residents to find other ways of conflict resolution. The Gateway provides financial literacy training and budgeting instruction, as well as assists with credit repair.
Residents who successfully complete The Gateway Program are drug and alcohol free, have stable jobs, are ready to move into affordable permanent housing, know how to make wise choices in all aspects of their lives, have demonstrated that ability, and are able to be self-sufficient.