By: Sophie Beal LacQuanda is Gateway Center's 4th Floor CSA (Client Service Aid). Because our 4th floor is devoted to Veterans experiencing homelessness, Ms. Rosson has unique insights on serving a population that once served us. LacQuanda is a fantastic human being with a calm, no-frills energy--good to have around in this line of work. [...]
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By: Sophie Beal Michael came to Gateway Center only 4 months ago after struggling with chronic homelessness and mental illness all his life. But at 43 years old, Michael came to Gateway Center and discovered a loving and supportive environment that changed everything. With the support of his case manager and close friends at [...]
By: Sophie Beal During my time working for Gateway Center, I have often found it hard to answer the question "What is Gateway?" -- It's tempting to just say that Gateway is a Homeless Shelter... but that doesn't quite do us justice... Gateway does so much more than "shelter" folks. We invest in folks. We walk [...]
By: Sophie Beal Barbara Favors, a talented Gateway Case Manager won Employee of the Month this September! Ms. Favors is incredibly insightful about her work with men recovering from homelessness--which is not surprising considering she's worked at GWC as a Case Manager since 2006 (just 6 months after we opened!) and for Fulton County in [...]
By: Staci Wright This is the sixth, and final, installment of the blog series “Simple Truths: debunking common stereotypes surrounding those experiencing homelessness.” You can find the introduction to this series here. In this series, we have discussed common stereotypes surrounding those experiencing homelessness. If you need a refresher, they are: 1. “All homeless people are dirty, smelly [...]
By Sophie Beal: Phyllis Rowe is not a Gateway employee, but that’s easy to forget as she’s something of an institution around here. Phyllis has volunteered at Gateway for almost three years and manages our clothing closet four days a week, often serving 30-50 people per day. In her words, she’s an “A++ personality,” so [...]
By: Sophie Beal When I asked Ron if he’d be willing to sit down and share his interesting story with me, he laughed. “People are always telling me how ‘interesting’ my story is . . . Interesting, huh? I guess that’s one word for it.” Truth is it’s hard to find words to describe Ron’s [...]
By: Sophie Beal Fredrick Payne (known by most as Fred) is an incredible and dedicated human being. He arrived at Gateway as a client, rose in the ranks, was hired, and quickly became one of our most valuable employees. Today, Fred is our 3rd Floor CSA, but is always willing to help out wherever he [...]
By: Staci Wright This is the fifth installment of the blog series “Simple Truths: debunking common stereotypes surrounding those experiencing homelessness.” You can find the introduction to this series here. Homeless people are lazy. Why don’t they just get a job? This question is one we often hear when discussing the issue of homelessness [...]
By: Sophie Beal Our volunteer spotlight this month highlights Patrick Davis, passionate and active board member of the Sopo Bicycle Cooperative. Sopo and Gateway teamed up earlier this year to create "The Link"--a partnership that helps our homeless clients learn cycle maintenance skills and earn bikes with Sopo expertise and guidance. So far, over 30 [...]