Human Services

GATEWAY

Gateway is a game changer for children and families.

Birmingham, AL   |  www.gway.org

Mission

Gateway is a game changer for Alabama children and families.

Ruling year info

1973

President/CEO

Kate O'Day LCSW

Main address

1401 20th Street South

Birmingham, AL 35205 USA

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Formerly known as

Family and Child Services

The Mercy Home

EIN

63-0288854

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Family Services (P40)

Financial Counseling, Money Management (P51)

Foster Care (P32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Alabama families carry the state's largest responsibility: they raise the best people to ensure the best future. At the end of their work day, they return to where the real work begins. It is the work that determines the strength of our communities. It is the work that can move our entire nation forward. We must give children and families the tools they need to become connected, competent and contributing members of our communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Gateway Financial Freedom

Gateway Financial Freedom is a solution for affordable, reliable financial counseling, credit counseling and housing counseling.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Gateway is Alabama's most experienced provider of Therapeutic Foster Care for children from the hardest backgrounds of trauma.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Gateway is Alabama's most experienced and effective provider of Intensive In-Home Services. This program safely keeps families together and reunifies families through in-home counseling services.

Population(s) Served
Families
At-risk youth

Gateway's Independent Living Program serves youth at risk of aging out of foster care without permanent families. This program exceeds national statistics, helping youth graduate from high school, gain employment and become independent young adults.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Gateway is one of Alabama's most experienced providers of school-based therapy services. Gateway therapists work with students, families and teachers in schools.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Families

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation 2010

The Joint Commission Accreditation 2018

Affiliations & memberships

Alliance for Children and Families - Member 2010

United Way Member Agency 1925

Mental Health Corporations of America 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people who received clinical mental health care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children and family members served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people receiving financial counseling services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Gateway Financial Freedom

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children receiving school mental health services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of foster youth finding forever homes and permanency in 12 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of therapeutic foster youth adopted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Therapeutic Foster Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of foster youth enrolled in college

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Independent Living Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of foster youth who obtained employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Independent Living Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of families that stayed together through counseling

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Intensive In-Home Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total debt financial counseling clients paid back to creditors in 12 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Gateway Financial Freedom

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Please note this is a dollar amount: $462,081.

Total payday loans recovered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Gateway Financial Freedom

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of families who kept their homes and avoided foreclosure

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Gateway Financial Freedom

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Success rate keeping families together and preventing child abuse/neglect

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Intensive In-Home Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Please note that this is a percentage. In 2016, Gateway improved its success rate keeping families together and preventing child abuse/neglect to 95%. This program also expanded from 2 to 33 counties.

Total debt financial counseling clients paid back to creditors since the program's opening

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Gateway Financial Freedom

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Please note this should be a dollar figure. Since 1997, Gateway financial counselors have helped individuals pay back more than $69,000,000 of debt to creditors.

Total number of foster youth who found forever homes and families in five years

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Gateway's method is simple, but proven. When we help families reach their full potential, our education system, economy, workforce and communities thrive. Thus our mission is not accomplished until Alabama children and families are connected, competent and contributing citizens. <br/><br/>During our 125th year of service, Gateway launched a bold 10-year strategic plan to move Alabama forward with child welfare, financial stability and mental health solutions. By 2025, Gateway aims to be a game changer for children and families.

In order to achieve an ambitious vision, Gateway launched an innovative strategic plan in 2015. We collaborated with all levels of staff, the Board of Directors, community partners and industry leaders to develop a path never forged in Alabama. After analyzing the exponential changes in our social, economic and political climates, we asked ourselves a critical question:<br/><br/>How do we become a game changer for children and families?<br/><br/>Thus Gateway is in year two of its strategic plan, aiming to become a game changer for children and families. We are successfully pushing toward the following objectives:<br/><br/>• Lead transformational change for children and families<br/>• Do what is best for families and work from a strong base business<br/>• Become a policy driver for children and families<br/>• Be the preferred provider of services<br/>• Build efficient organizational infrastructure and capacity<br/>• Expand our current product line<br/>• Expand our foot print with new product lines and geographical areas<br/>• Align resources and partnerships for collective impact<br/>• Align facilities and resources with operations<br/>• Align the strategic plan with stakeholders

No other organization can match Gateway's proven capacity to strengthen families and communities: <br/><br/>• Gateway carries a 125-year-old track record of strong relationships with the private and public sectors<br/>• Families' ability to pay is not a barrier for Gateway services thanks to generations of community <br/>support<br/>• Gateway was one of the founding four community partners for the United Way of Central Alabama <br/>and remains one of four agencies to receive an allocation of more than $1 million per year<br/>• Gateway is the only agency in Alabama to provide a wide array of services for families that range from financial counseling to intensive mental-health therapy.<br/>• Gateway is one of the Alabama Department of Human Resource's largest service providers and contract holders in the state, totaling more than $16 million in contracts.

Gateway is a data-driven, evidence-based agency with a leading-edge Quality Assurance Department that tracks program outcomes as well as critical, detailed statistics. On a weekly basis, our leadership team analyzes program outcomes, utilization and financial data generated by the Quality Department. The team uses this information to evaluate the strategic plan's progress, identify next week's priorities and celebrate game-changing results for those we serve.<br/><br/>Gateway's President/CEO Kate O'Day knows our robust strategic plan can only be executed with a strong business model. Thus, she has developed and led a wildly successful curriculum for managers using two award-winning books: "The Effective Executive" by Peter Drucker and "The 4 Disciplines of Execution" by Chris McChesney and Sean Covey. Thanks to this training model, Gateway's department heads have the tools they need to manage their team, execute plans, hold people accountable and move the needle for children and families.

Thanks to the commitment and expertise of our staff, Gateway accomplished our first year goals within eight months of the strategic plan's launch in 2016. More importantly, year one of Gateway's strategic plan resulted in game-changing outcomes for Alabama children, families and communities:<br/><br/>Gateway produced proven results for children, families and communities:<br/><br/>• Families paid back more than $650,000 of debt through financial counseling.<br/>• 104 families stayed together through counseling.<br/>• 34 teens in foster care gained employment.<br/>• A record-breaking 13 foster children with mental health needs were adopted.<br/>• More than 1600 hours of premier mental health therapy was provided to Woodlawn students and families.<br/>• 70 percent of Woodlawn teachers saw improved classroom behavior and achievement.<br/>• 15 families kept their homes and avoided foreclosure.<br/><br/>Gateway became Alabama's largest, most effective service provider:<br/><br/>• Boasted a 94 percent success rate keeping families together and preventing child abuse.<br/>• Continued to help families pay back debt, surpassing the $69 million mark since the program's launch in 1991.<br/>• Exceeded national statistics, helping 95 percent of teens transitioning out of foster care earn their high school diplomas/GEDs, compared to 55 percent. Sixty-nine percent of these teens gained employment, compared to 35 percent nationally.<br/>• Expanded its Intensive In-Home Services program from 2 to 33 counties, becoming the largest provider in the state. <br/>• Added the state's best school-based counseling program to another Birmingham City School.<br/>• Became the first and only agency in Alabama with staff and foster parents fully trained in the nation's leading trauma-informed safety model: The Mandt System.<br/><br/>Gateway remains fiscally strong and responsible:<br/><br/>• Operates on a $10 million budget.<br/>• Received more than $2.3 million in community support and private contributions.<br/>• Continued its 93-year-old partnership with the United Way of Central Alabama and was awarded one of its four largest program allocations.<br/><br/><br/>Gateway's tremendous results could not have happened without the strong leadership of Gateway's Board of Directors, the courageous work of its staff and the support of an incredibly generous community. The momentum gained from last year's tremendous success continues into the strategic plan's second year. Although the expectations we have set for ourselves are high, Alabama children and families deserve nothing less.

Financials

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GATEWAY

Board of directors
as of 3/24/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. James McCrary

Tom Thompson

Dawson Baptist Church

Keith Carter

Securities Capital Corporation

Denson Franklin

Vulcan Materials

Maeci Walker

Christie Strategy Group

Elizabeth Goodrich

The Mike and Gillian Goodrich Foundation

Bernard Lockhart

The Boutwell Auditorium

Khalilah Brown

Jefferson County Department of Health

James McCrary

James P. McCrary Philanthropic Counsel

Keywords

Therapeutic foster care, mental health, financial counseling, family counseling, crisis intervention, poverty alleviation, community development, youth development