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Gateway Foundation

Community Connections Newsletter

December 2022

Dear Gateway Family and Friends,

As the days grow shorter, we are invited by many traditions to turn inward, reflect, and be grateful. Thank you for your past generosity to Gateway Foundation and the clients we serve. Our work is vital and our continuum of care continues to evolve, as it has since our founding in 1968 by just nine people on the south side of Chicago. In fiscal 2022, Gateway Foundation helped over 40,000 individuals heal and begin to transform their own lives in recovery.  This would not be possible without our devoted staff of over 1,400, who provide compassionate and quality care in a wide variety of settings across eight states in our Community and Corrections Divisions. Our staff are genuine agents of change and hope. It has been an honor to serve as the Interim CEO & President this year, leading a team so devoted to our mission.

We hope this newsletter of celebrations will inspire your support of Gateway Foundation’s ongoing work with an end-of-year gift.

May you and yours enjoy a restorative midwinter, full of reasons to be grateful, and look forward to seeing you in the new year at an alumni event or the Illuminating Recovery Annual Benefit Luncheon on March 13, 2023. 

Marc C. Turner
Interim CEO & President

funders spotlight

Funder Spotlight: Live Free 999

Gateway Foundation was the grateful recipient of a $10,000 grant from Live Free 999 this fall, to contribute towards capital improvements at Kedzie House, our recovery home in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. Live Free 999 was founded by Carmela Wallace to honor her son Jarad “Juice WRLD” Higgins, who grew up in Homewood, Illinois. Through his music, Jarad shared the emotions that tormented him. His art has resonated with and helped countless fans who struggle with depression and anxiety. Live Free 999 seeks to carry on his legacy with programs that provide preventative measures and positive avenues to address mental health challenges and substance dependency, including grant-making. We invite you to listen to some of Jarad’s music and to join his mother and Live Free 999 in supporting recovery work with a personal gift.


Funder Spotlight: DuPage Foundation

Gateway Foundation is proud to announce grant support provided by the DuPage County Transformation Partnership, a collaboration between DuPage County and DuPage Foundation. Funding supports and strengthens our Intensive Outpatient Program for individuals with substance use disorder in Downers Grove. This award comes at a critical time of the unprecedented alcohol and drug addiction epidemic currently facing our nation and represents a vital commitment by our partners and Gateway to provide effective and accessible treatment. 

Corrections Staff Spotlight: Frank Davis

This quarter, Frank Davis, Interim Senior Director – Community Corrections, was awarded the prestigious International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium Board of Directors Excellence Award for exemplary work, commitment, and dedication to IC&RC and the field of Substance Use and Recovery Professionals. Gateway is proud of Frank and the recognition by his peers in this international network of over 50,000 professionals.

Community Division Staff Highlight: Dianne Robinson

Dianne Robinson, Program Director for Adult Services at our Lake Villa site in northern Illinois, was named the 2022 Pamela Frazier Counselor of the Year by the Illinois Association of Addiction Professionals this September at IAAP’s annual award luncheon. Dianne is a dedicated professional who has prioritized meeting each client’s unique treatment needs since she began her tenure in 2001. Gateway is thrilled to see Dianne publicly recognized by the sector with this prestigious award. 

Dianne shared, “I started over 20 years ago at the Lake Villa site. I knew this would be the place I could make a difference. I made a decision to return to school to get my degree and certification. I am grateful for the support I received from my Gateway Foundation supervisors over two decades; they encouraged me to finish my education and obtain my license. It is a joy to come to work daily and see the physical and mental progress in our clients over the course of their treatment.  I take every opportunity to remain teachable in my journey to evolve professionally.”

Alumni Spotlight: Winston Henry

We salute Winston Henry, an alumnus and 28+ year veteran employee of Gateway Foundation, as he assumes the role of Executive Director of Caseyville and Swansea. After an extensive search for this key leadership role at two busy sites in the Metro East Area of Illinois, near St. Louis, Winston was promoted this fall from his most recent position as Program Director of Outpatient Operations in Central and Southern IL. 

President, Gateway Operations Gregg Dockins says: Winston has worked as a line staff and supervisor, in both community and correctional settings.  He has continuously applied himself in both personal and professional growth opportunities, and has served in progressively more responsible managerial roles as his career has evolved.  In so many ways, he has been preparing for this next step for his entire career. 

Board of Director Spotlight: Jennifer Vidis

This month the Board of Directors welcomed its newest member, Jennifer Vidis, Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health. Jennifer’s career has been devoted to service in the public sector and her unwavering commitment to accessibility and inclusion.  She has served as a Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall, University of Chicago; Chicago Public Schools’ Executive Director of the Office of Alternative Education Options; and as Executive Director of Cook County Department of Human Rights, Ethics and Women’s Issues. Vidis is an alumna of Georgetown University Law Center and Smith College. Welcome, Jennifer!

young professionals board

Welcome! New Young Professionals Board Members

The Young Professionals Board welcomes Arielle Townsel and Claire Demos. Arielle recently completed her Master’s at the Harris School for Public Policy at the University of Chicago and currently serves as the Director of External Affairs for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Claire is an attorney, and also a professional photographer who generously documented a day of service recently at Gateway Foundation’s Chicago Independence site.

Please contact charitable@gatewayfoundation.org if you are interested in joining this group of young philanthropists. And save the date for the annual virtual Trivia Night on February 23, 2023!

partner spotlight

Partner Spotlight: Executive Construction Foundation

In October, Gateway Foundation Young Professional Board member Peter Kuchan, Senior Project Manager at Executive Construction Inc., led dozens of volunteers from ECI on behalf of the Executive Construction Foundation to do two days of beautification work at our Chicago Independence site. In addition to hundreds of in-kind hours of expert labor, the Executive Construction Foundation provided new wall-mounted TVs and bed linens for the facility.

This month Executive Construction Foundation brings more joy to Independence and Kedzie House sites, as its staff chose Gateway Foundation as the recipient of its 2022 employee holiday gift drive. Thank you!

Join us on March 13, 2023, for the Illuminating Recovery annual benefit lunch, when we honor Executive Construction Foundation as our 2023 Incandescence Humanitarian Award.


ways to give

Ways to Give

Gateway Friends and Family,

Thank you to everyone who supported our mission-driven work in 2022. We hope you will continue to support our work as we enter Gateway Foundation’s next chapter in 2023. Please consider an unrestricted gift in your end-of-year giving, as this allows us the most flexibility to put funds where they are most needed.

I invite you to reach out to me to discuss what motivates you to support our work and find the most meaningful way for you to do that as well as answer any questions about ways to give.

May your winter be filled with love, health, and many other reasons to be grateful.

Deirdre Harrison CFRE, Director of Advancement
312-663-1130 ext. 2269


Illuminating recovery

Save the Date, Illuminating Recovery Benefit

Illuminating Recovery Annual Luncheon

Monday, March 13, 2023 @ The Exchange

Tickets available January 15 | Live Streaming Available