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Gateway Healthcare Affiliates and Legacy Organizations
FRIENDS WAY affiliated with Gateway in October of 2006. FRIENDS WAY is the only bereavement center in Southeastern New England. Located in Warwick, Rhode Island, FRIENDS WAY offers peer-to-peer support groups to children and young adults ages three to 25 who have lost a loved one to death. Since its inception, FRIENDS WAY has assisted hundreds of children and families suffering from grief issues. The program is free of charge to families and is solely funded through fundraising activities. By maintaining its own 501(c) (3), FRIENDS WAY is responsible for its own fundraising while Gateway provides the infrastructure to manage the program.
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The Autism Project
The Autism Project affiliated with Gateway Healthcare in April 2007. In a mutual effort to develop innovative Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) programming and increase access to care, Gateway and The Autism Project work closely together on new initiatives in the area of ASD. The Autism Project maintains its own 501(c) (3) and manages its own fundraising efforts while Gateway provides the infrastructure oversight. The Autism Project provides services including family support, trainings, social skills groups, and a two week annual camp. The Autism Project also works with state agencies and organizations to promote awareness of Autism and Asperger Syndrome, and to increase collaboration at all levels.
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Capital City Community Centers
Capital City Community Centers became affiliated with Gateway Healthcare at the end of 2008. Capital City has a long-standing history of social services and adds depth to the Gateway program continuum. Located primarily in Providence, Capital City’s programming includes a pre-school program, a senior center, a food pantry and emergency services.
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Gateway's Legacy Organizations
The organizations below have contributed immeasurably to Gateway’s legacy of service and superior client outcomes. To gain efficiencies and improve effectiveness, these organizations merged into Gateway programming in June 2013. The programs and services offered by each have been preserved through the ongoing commitment of Gateway and its dedicated employees.
- New Hope for Families affiliated with Gateway in July 2005. As the only family emergency shelter in Blackstone Valley, The New Hope program allows a family to stay together while rebuilding their lives. New Hope provided emergency shelter and social services that assist residents in setting goals, seeking jobs, and planning for the future. With the Gateway affiliation, New Hope gained management expertise, infrastructure assistance and financial backing while maintaining its nonprofit status. Gateway further established a leadership role in providing access to mental health and social service programs to which the state’s most needy citizens would not otherwise have access.
- Lighthouse for Youth became affiliated with Gateway Healthcare in October 2007. Lighthouse operated as a group home for adolescent girls in Wakefield, Rhode Island. This program provided an opportunity for adolescents to move to a higher level of independence and autonomy.
- Family Service Society of Pawtucket‘s affiliation with Gateway Healthcare became effective in July 2009. The Family Service Society of Pawtucket (Family Services), a century-old nonprofit organization, provided mental health, social and human services to families in the communities of Pawtucket, Central Falls and neighboring areas. Family Services operated the Centurion Program geared to provide training, consultation, technical assistance and support to law enforcement officials. The Centurion Program provided hostage negotiation training, critical incident debriefing, and specialized counseling for post-traumatic stress disorders for police officers, stress management education at the RI Municipal Police Academy, and 24/7 consultation and emergency response.
- South Shore Center (South Shore), previously a licensed behavioral health care regional community mental health center with outpatient offices in Charlestown and Wakefield, affiliated with Gateway in July of 2009. South Shore served adults with severe, persistent mental illness; children with severe emotional disorders; and is available for a wide range of behavioral health care interventions with children, adults and families. South Shore operated a 24/7 emergency service program, providing crisis intervention and assessment on site at Westerly Hospital and South County Hospital. The South County organization also operated two group homes and supported apartment programs in Westerly, North Kingstown, Charlestown, and Wakefield. South Shore provided behavioral health services to approximately 2,400 children, families, and adults each year with its staff of over 130 professionals.
- Caritas, Inc. joined the Gateway network in July of 2010. Caritas, Inc. was formed in 1971 in response to a need for effective substance abuse treatment services for adolescents. Caritas House in Cranston was the first residential substance abuse treatment program for teenage girls in the United States. Now called Caritas ARTS (Acute Residential Treatment Service), this program still exists as the sole substance abuse residential treatment facility for teenage girls in Rhode Island. Caritas also operated Corkery House, a residential treatment facility for boys, in Richmond; Eastman House, a residential program for women, in Pawtucket, and an outpatient program. Caritas offered an array of treatment and prevention programs geared toward teenagers, women and their families.
Today, Gateway and its affiliates employ more than 600 staff members including psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical specialists and other paraprofessionals. We reach more than 25,000 Rhode Islanders each year through residential, outpatient and community-based programs and stand alongside our affiliates in a mutual effort to develop creative solutions for community care. This impressive continuum places Gateway at the forefront in assisting individuals in the community in a myriad of ways.