Gateway Community Services Merges With Child And Family Charities

Child and Family Charities announced today that the two organizations have merged. Under the merger agreement, Gateway will become a division of Child and Family Charities. Gateway was established in 1970 and provides street outreach, counseling, shelter, independent living skills instruction, crisis intervention, and advocacy services to runaway and homeless youth and their families throughout Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. Core programs are housed at the Kevin J. Moody Youth Home located in southwest Lansing.

Gateway joins an array of divisions and services at Child and Family Charities including foster care, adoption, independent living, child abuse prevention, parenting education, early childhood education, juvenile diversion, truancy, mental health, substance abuse, and a shelter for teen parents.

“We reached out to Child and Family Charities because of their long and successful history serving vulnerable populations in our community and the synergies this merger facilitates,” said Gateway board president, Amber Beard. “Our staff, board, and funding sources are very supportive of this development.” Beard will serve on the Child and Family Charities Board of Directors.

Susan Devon, Child and Family Charities board president, echoed that sentiment. “Bringing Gateway under the Child and Family umbrella is a great fit for both agencies,” Devon said. “We see this as part of a broad vision to increase our capacity to serve people in need.”

“The timing of this merger is appropriate. This year is the 40th anniversary of the Federal Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, which was the foundation for Gateway’s development,” said Mark Morton, Gateway’s outgoing executive director. Morton will become director of the new division.

Child and Family Charities will continue under the leadership of executive director Jim Paparella. Paparella has been with the agency since 1997 and previously served as division director for runaway and homeless youth services at Gateway.

Child and Family Charities was established in 1911 as Associated Charities of Lansing. The Gateway merger follows two similar mergers with Ingham Teen Court in 2008 and Child Abuse Prevention Services in 2011.

For more information, see website or call Demphna Krikorian at (517) 882-4000, ext. 126.

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Posted: 10/02/2014

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All Time High, Need for Foster Care Parents

With over 14,000 children living in foster care in Michigan, the need is at an all time high for people to open their homes and their hearts so that children in our State will have what every child deserves, a safe and loving home in which to grow and thrive.


Posted: 11/04/2012