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The Honorable Sheriff David Morgan and the Escambia County Sheriff's Office generously donated $20,000 to The Arc Gateway's Supported Living Program. This service assists people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live independently in the community by providing support and practical assistance with daily tasks such as shopping, cooking, housekeeping, banking, socialization and public safety. As a benefit to taxpayers, Supported Living is the most cost effective residential service as it enables people to live in the community while avoiding more expensive and restrictive residential settings such as group homes or institutions.
“We are honored to be able to continue the legacy and great works of the wonderful organization,” says Sheriff David Morgan. This year, Sheriff David Morgan and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office will be honored as the presenting sponsor of the Wreaths of Joy Gala to benefit The Arc Gateway. The Wreaths of Joy is the largest fundraiser of The Arc Gateway as it anticipates raising over $200,000 to support services provided by The Arc Gateway.
Funding for Supported Living and other services continues to be an on-going challenge. For several
years, The Arc Gateway has endured a decrease in overall funding as a result of inadequate reimbursement rates. “A monetary donation such as this is what keeps our organization strong,” says
Melissa Rogers, CEO of The Arc Gateway. “We cannot express how grateful we are for
our supporters such as our Sheriff. Our Supported Living program was at risk of being halted,
however, because of the Sheriff’s generous support we are able to continue to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they live independently in our
In addition to cost savings, the individuals served by this program are valued citizens of our society as they pay their own rent, buy their own food, ride our public transportation and support local businesses. Living coaches help build healthy lifestyles by providing the necessary support so that the people we serve can continue living independently in our community.
Sandy Sansing Donates Transportation Van to The Arc Gateway
PENSACOLA, FL - Sandy Sansing has donated a Chevrolet 12-passenger van to The Arc Gateway! The Arc Gateway's Transportation services bring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to the much-needed opportunities they would not otherwise have - recreation, education, camaraderie and meaningful work.
Since 2004, state funding cuts have taken a toll on the program's budget. Vehicle purchases were postponed while the agency sought more financial footing to recuperate from reduced funding. As the fleet aged, repair costs have diminished any ancillary funds to purchase newer vehicles. Currently, The Arc Gateway has a fleet of 39 vehicles, with 15 of those having traveled over 100,000 miles. The donated van will be replacing a van with 230,000 miles and a broken A/C. "Our family is honored to be able to help such a wonderful organization," says Sandy Sansing. "The Arc Gateway does great things for our community, and we are blessed to be a small part of that."
The Transportation program is a life-blood of the organization as it provides service to not only those we serve in our local community, but also as far away as Navarre, Milton and McDavid. The people we serve have special needs that are not currently met by the community's public transportation. "We are humbled at the generosity being shown by Mr. Sansing," says Melissa Rogers, CEO of The Arc Gateway. "This kind of community support is what allows our agency to continue serving people with disabilities successfully." Without this service, the 226 individuals served by this program would not have access to our day programs, which enables the opportunity to gain independence, engage in physical activity, social opportunities, meaningful work and the chance to earn a well-deserved paycheck. Additionally, this service provides a vital respite to families and caregivers, and gives them the opportunity to hold other jobs outside the home.