37 N Maysville St
Mt Sterling KY 40353
Contact Information
Address 37 N Maysville St
Mt Sterling, KY 40353
Phone (859) 498-9892 101
Fax 859 498-0316
Contact Name Joe Gomes
At A Glance
Former Names
Gateway Juvenile Diversion Project
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Other ways to donate include mailing a check to Gateway Children's Services C/O Mr. Joe Gomes-CEO 37 N. Maysville St. Mt. Sterling, KY  40353.  You may also make a donation over the phone by calling 859-498-9892 and ask for Mr. Gomes.  In-kind donations are gladly accepted as well.  To learn about volunteer opportunities or to schedule a tour of our facility please contact Mr. Joe Gomes-CEO.  
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
"A lifeline for change.  Gateway Children's Services provides residential treatment and emergency shelter care for children placed by the Department for Social Services, as well as the Department for Juvenile Justice.  Gateway Children's Services provides emergency shelter for any child who presents at the door requesting protection in writing." 
Background Statement
 In 1974 the Federal Government mandated that children charged as “Status Offenders” (runaway, truancy, beyond control) could no longer be held in jail.
Since 1981 Gateway Children’s Services has provided an answer to this unfunded mandate by providing 24/7/365 emergency shelter to this at-risk and largely neglected population of Kentucky’s children.   Gateway began a national model project by initially serving a seven-county area.  Today, GCS serves the entire state of Kentucky.
  Many of our at-risk children have attempted suicide and about one third of our residents have been the victims of physical or sexual abuse.
  In 2005, with no additional funding we began our treatment program.  In 2007 Gateway received accreditation status from the Council on Accreditation.  This national award certifies that GCS meets the highest national standards and provides top quality services to the communities it serves.  In 2008 Gateway Children’s Services introduced our new cutting edge treatment program called Living It Up.
Impact Statement
The program growth dually from a 12-28 bed facility and the expansion from an emergency shelter program to a licensed and nationally accredited treatment program (Council on Accreditation), the successful obtainment of our foster care license, the restructing of management and treatment to enhance and improve quality of services to children, the accomplishment of increasing our donor base, community support and volunteers which has helped off-set cuts in state funding, the service of our President Emeritus as chairman of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, appointed by the governor. Additionally she was selected to serve on the National Advisory Committee for the deinstitutionalization of status offenders, the recognistion by a statewide organization of Gateway's classroom teacher as the teacher of the year.  In May 2011 Gateway Children's Services was reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation and found to be in full implementation in all areas with out deficiencies.   
Needs Statement
The aspiration to establish an endowment fund to protect the long-term financial stability of the agency, start-up funding to implement our newly licensed foster care program, continue to grow our donor base and increase community outreach support in order to off-set state budget cuts, support to maintain and grow our current program and services to at risk children, support to attract, maintain and reward quality staff in order to provide quality services to at risk youth, support to establish a development position.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Residential Mental Health Treatment
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development /
Geographic Areas Served
We serve all 120 counties in Kentucky.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
  1. Acquire the ability to bill Medicaid for outpatient behavioral health/substance abuse services for children and families.  Obtain agency Medicaid number and provider numbers for licensed staff.  Secure service contracts with state Managed Care organizations and launch outpatient behavioral health & substance abuse services.  Explore opportunities to provide behavioral health/substance abuse services to the courts, juvenile justice system, school system, and the community at large.
  2. Expansion of Foster Care Program.  Goals are for us to serve 55 children and have 25 certified families.  Additional office space in our building has been secured to accommodate foster care staffing needs. As we continue to reach growth milestones we will bring on additional staff to allow for expansion and growth.  On-going development of our foster care program will provide us the opportunity to continue diversifying our service delivery options and financial streams.
  3. Achieve Residential occupancy goal of at least 65%.
  4. Prepare for a successful Council on Accreditation site review and achieve full accreditation of our Residential Program, Foster Care Program and Emergency Shelter Program.
  5. Enhance and strengthen staff training to give employee’s real knowledge and tools to deal appropriately with children that present greater behavioral challenges.  This will include additional training in the areas of de-escalation and trauma informed care.
  6. Achieve all budget goals in both income and expenses.
  7. Evaluate our financial ability to increase direct care staff pay rate.  Perform salary analysis of our business competitors (other child serving agencies) and non business competitors (factories, health care facilities, retail, restaurants, and service industries), that are drawing form same work force pool.
  8. Continue efforts to diversify our services and funding streams.  Explore and evaluate programs/services that will help us to diversify our income. Establish outpatient behavioral health programs, substance abuse counseling, and pursue new grants, foundation funding, federal funding opportunities and the growth of individual donors.   

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jesse Hodgson
Company Affiliation Attorney - White Peck Carrington, LLP
Term July 2019 to June 2021
Board Members
Mr. Al BottsMayor of Mount SterlingVoting
Mrs. Judy BrambletRetired EducatorVoting
Mr. Will ClarkTraditional BankVoting
Mr. Jesse HodgsonAttorney White Peck Carrington, LLPVoting
Mr. Scott HolleyPastor First Christian Church, Mount SterlingVoting
Mr. Charles JonesRetired Gateway Regional Development District Aging ProgramsVoting
Mrs. Cay R LaneFormer Executive Director Gateway Regional Arts CenterVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Mr Jesse Hodgson
Company Affiliation White Peck & Carrington
Term July 2017 to June 2019
Email https://j
Standing Committees
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Joseph M. Gomes MSW/CSW
Term Start Sept 2010

Mr. Gomes has 32years experience in the field of non-profit leadership and social work, most recently serving two years as COO of Gateway Children’s Services prior to being selected as CEO for that organization 2011, replacing Kaye Templin who retired after 24 years with the agency. He obtained his BA degree from Morehead State University and his Master in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Kentucky, graduating Summa Cum Laude along with receiving the outstanding MSW graduate student award.  He is a Certified Social Worker with the Kentucky Board of Social Work.  Joe has 10 years experience as CEO of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bluegrass serving a 14 county area of Central Kentucky. Under his direction, Big Brothers Big Sisters doubled in both funding and number of children served.  Prior to that his experience included positions of leadership with hospital social work as well as helping start one of the first school based "Family Resource Centers" in Kentucky.  He is deeply committed to seeing young people succeed and has proven himself to be a visionary leader interested in management and development of innovative programs. 

Joe was reared in New York where his parents, natives of Portugal settled and ran a family business.  While attending college in Kentucky, he met and married his wife Julie. They have one son, Bryce a graduate of Mississippi State University employed there with the Men’s Basketball team. 
Full Time Staff 20
Part Time Staff 14
Volunteers 30
Contractors 4
Retention Rate 70%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 31
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 30
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Mrs. Kaye J Templin MSEMay 1989 - Sept
Senior Staff
Title Financial Manager
Title Director of Residential Services
Title Director of Foster Care
Title Clinical Therapist & Treatment Supervisor
Title Director of Development & Community Engagement
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description Boys and girls, ages 10 – 17, are eligible for the program.  They must be able to participate in their own self-care, and able to function in a school, treatment and group setting.  At this time, children must be placed by court order, Department for Juvenile Justice or the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
Description Our treatment staff consists of an experienced Treatment Director, Program Director, 2 Case Managers/Counselors, Nurse, Intake Coordinator, Recreation Services/Community Engagement Coordinator and Residential Supervisors. Educational services are provided on site in cooperation with the Montgomery County School District. The classroom utilizes Novel Star credit recovery sytem. Additionally we contract for physician services. Individual and group counseling sessions are planned and provided by trained clinical staff under the supervision of the Treatment Director. Additionally, counseling with families and children’s social workers are included in our program. Treatment services include but are not limited to: Comprehensive Assessment; Psycho-educational groups· Goal achievement groups; Individual sessions; Stress Management groups; Anger Management groups; Substance Abuse groups; Group Living groups· Life Skills groups
Our program is available 24/7/365 to accept children on a short-term emergency basis who are in need of a safe and stable environment. 
Description Living It Up is a treatment program which provides a safe, supportive environment where residents have the opportunity to learn skills to become healthy, responsible citizens. It combines individual and group therapy sessions, fitness, nutrition, relaxation, independent living skills and lessons in cultural diversity in an effort to prepare them to become responsible citizens. A key component of this program is goal setting. Each resident is taught that everyone is responsible for the consequences of their own actions. New approaches to understanding and expressing needs and feelings are a core portion of our treatment. During a time when our society is facing the greatest rate of obesity and health issues, divorced families, substance abuse, unemployment, lack of financial opportunities for higher education, personal debt, etc...; Living It Up emphasizes personal accountability and teaches new approaches to important life issues that our residents all face.  
Foster Care Program allows us to transition children from a residential setting to a less restrictive home setting.  Services include: child assessment/evaluation, foster parent recruiting and certification, on-going case management, and counseling services for both child and parents.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2015
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Montgomery County Heath Department, First Presbytarian, First Christian Church, First Church of God, Ascention Episcopal Church, Reed Village Baptist Church, Gateway Community Action, Montgomery County School System, Gateway Regional Arts Center, Mt. Sterling/Montgomery Co. Chamber of Commerce.
United Way Member Agency1987
Alliance for Children and Families - Member2003
Chamber of Commerce2000
External Assessments and Accreditations
Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation2007
Human Services Agency of the YearMT. Sterling, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce2003
Most Money Raised by a Service OrganizationBig Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass2005
Teacher of the YearKentucky Education Collaborative for State Agency Children2010
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $2,256,762.00
Projected Expenses $1,981,867.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Revenue$1,899,247$2,012,512$1,956,181
Total Expenses$1,710,697$1,715,508$1,842,419
Revenue Less Expenses$188,550$297,004$113,762
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$275,000$275,000$268,813
Individual Contributions$51,787$85,447$45,417
Investment Income, Net of Losses$230$196$387
Membership Dues$0----
Special Events$0----
Revenue In-Kind$0----
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$1,427,281$1,444,979$1,489,182
Administration Expense$283,416$270,529$353,237
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.111.171.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%84%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$3,164,956$1,680,826$1,394,952
Current Assets$1,576,202$1,399,016$112,447
Long-Term Liabilities$1,329,304$41,184$45,881
Current Liabilities$46,547$39,087$44,620
Total Net Assets$1,789,105$1,600,555$1,303,551
Audit Documents
2018 Audit
2017 Audit
2014 Audit
2014 Audit
2013 Audit
2012 Audit
2011 ADD Audit Document
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments
The most significant challenge we face is the fact that we are being mandated by the Cabinet For Families and Children to do more with less funding.  We fully realize and accept the difficult financial climate in which we operate.  Our focus is to diversify our funding streams through, grants, foundation funding, and private donations,  in order to provide children the best care and services they need to become productive young adults and to reach their goals and dreams. 
Address 37 N Maysville St
Mt Sterling, KY 40353
Primary Phone 859 498-9892 101
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Joseph M. Gomes MSW/CSW
Board Chair Mr. Jesse Hodgson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Attorney - White Peck Carrington, LLP