The Arc Gateway’s purpose is to provide the best possible life experiences for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since 1954, we have been proud to provide life-enhancing programs that help the people we serve realize their dreams. We see the ability, not the disability. With the help of our members, supporters and volunteers, we are able to sustain our services and develop innovative ways to help children and adults with developmental disabilities reach their full potential. People with developmental disabilities accomplish great things every day. They are our friends, neighbors and coworkers; and they enrich our community in countless ways.
The Pearl Nelson Child Development Center provides early intervention services and pediatric therapies.
The Pollak Training Center provides adults with basic education classes, computer courses and art instruction, as well as offers training and jobs through the shredding workfloor and the Arc Gateway Plant Nursery.
Pollak Industries provides training and jobs through the production of plant sleeves, survey stakes and concrete products.
Community Based Employment connects people with jobs at the I-10 Welcome Center, the I-10 weigh stations, or enclaves at Armstrong World Industries and Gulf States Recycling.
Employment Services helps people find jobs in the community and succeed at work.
The Senior Adult Program at Bayview Senior Center provides health, social and leisure activities for senior citizens.
Supported Living and In-Home Support ensure that individuals receive the assistance that they need to live in their own homes in the community.
Group Homes provide opportunities for people to live in the community while receiving support and companionship.
Transportation provides transportation from homes to the appropriate day program.
Social Activities schedule recreational activities, such as dances, bingo and bowling.
The Arc Gateway is sponsored by the United Way of Escambia County; the State
of Florida; Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Children and Families Developmental Disabilities Program, Agency for Healthcare Administration and the Department of Health Children's Medical Services "Early Steps" Program.