Gateways to Better Living Extends Helping Hands

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – In the past year, Gateways to Better Living presented several events that fostered inclusivity for the developmentally disabled adults it serves.

The Not So Haunted House provided a sensory-friendly Halloween experience for kids of all ages, according to Kristie Murphy, community engagement coordinator. It was free and open to the community and to other special needs programs,

Friends and Family Fest reinforced community bonds and celebrated the importance of relationships.

The 17th annual Gateways golf outing served as a community-building opportunity. The event will return June 17 at Youngstown Country Club.

The Bingo and Bling designer purse fundraiser offered an entertaining way for the community to contribute to the organization’s mission.

Gateways is undergoing a comprehensive rebranding process. The nonprofit agency’s new identity will symbolize innovation, inclusivity, and dedication to quality care, Murphy says.

Headquartered in Austintown, Gateways has been a pioneering force in adult developmental disabilities care since 1972.  It serves over 200 clients in the Mahoning Valley and employs over 400.

Murphy says the agency’s strategic plan has three pillars: innovation in care; community engagement and staff development.

Gateways manages 13 intermediate care facilities, including two with 24/7 nursing services. It also operates 14 waiver homes in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

Along with its main campus in Youngstown and The Galleria in Niles, Gateways recently established The Village by Gateways, a day program in Boardman.

Pictured at top: Gateways to Better Living presented its annual benefit golf outing June 19 at Youngstown Country Club. Pictured at the event are Melissa Adair, Zachary West, Shelly Socciarelli, Renee Merrill, Lisa Agee, Cynthia Ferry, Theresa Malvestuto, Kaonta Lawrence, Kristie Murphy and Dawn Howe.