Since 1999 Gateway Residential Services has provided a safe, healthy and secure treatment facility for "at-risk" youth on the Western Slope. In Delta, program director Julie Cassidy oversees a setting that promotes respect for self, family and members of the community.
Through the teaching of life skills and the fostering of personal development, Gateway offers its residents the opportunity to make healthier choices and build healthy relationships so they can become productive members of their communities.
In December, Delta Elks Lodge #1235 supported their efforts by tapping into the Clem Audin Fund to purchase a winter coat, work boots, and a shirt and tie for each young man at Gateway Residential Services. This is the Elks' third year of support.
A warm winter coat will enable the boys to work comfortably outdoors on community service projects. With a shirt and tie, they'll be dressed appropriately for meetings, court appearances and appointments with professionals. According to Cassidy, appropriate clothing enhances the boys' self-esteem and helps them believe they can "fit in" in any aspect of society.
In late December, several of the recipients attended an Elks gathering to personally express their appreciation for the Elks' support.blog comments powered by Disqus