Gateway to Hope celebrates 2 years of success


POSTED: Monday, September 1, 2014 - 5:57pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 2:06pm

Gateway to Hope is a non-profit, resource center for the homeless.

Pat Mallory convinced the city, after many years, to give her the permits she needed to run a shelter for the homeless. Mallory and her team provide more than just storage and showers. Her resource center is faith based and she says the minute someone walks in the doors she gives them a hug and tells them they will be offered unconditional love.

Gateway to Hope offers resources to guests so they can move forward in life. Mallory says at the shelter, guests can get help with G.E.D. classes and testing, computer use to apply for jobs or schools, and parenting classes. There are also jobs skills training classes that are offered.

Mallory is excited about the success the shelter has seen in just two years. Almost a thousand of the people who have come through the shelter and working and more than two hundred have jobs. Mallory told KETK several success stories and she says her favorite part is the call backs she gets from people who say coming to the shelter changed their lives.

Today the center celebrated two years of success. Current guests and even those who have become success stories were there to celebrate.

The shelter is in desperate need of men's clothing and children's nap mats. If you can donate either of those items, please take them to Gateway to Hope at 601 Valentine Street, call 903-363-9265.

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