The Gateway Society – Ruimsig, Roodepoort.

I recently spent some time at Gateway to do some photography for their brochures. What an uplifting experience. Chanelle Bekker, the fundraising manager for The Gateway Society accompanied me through the complex and I was astounded at what I saw. It is a truly multifaceted organisation with many years of experience.

“The Gateway Society consists of The Gateway School and The Gateway Village which caters for physically & mentally disabled children and adults on adjacent properties in Wilgespruit, Roodepoort. We celebrated our 40th birthday in November 2012 and will continue to offer the essential care, stimulation, education and training in life skills to ensure a reasonable quality of life and dignity for all persons in our organization. Our beneficiaries will always be their “forever children”.

The Gateway School is a public school for learners with special educational needs rendering services to learners with an intellectual disability; many of them have multiple disabilities. The school caters for learners ranging in ages from three to eighteen years and is representative of the total spectrum of the South African community. A fleet of 18 mini busses transport the children on a daily basis.

The Gateway Village offers an informal, relaxed lifestyle for permanent residents, as well as day care facilities with sheltered workshops for both the residents and day workers. There are 7 residential houses on the property that each provide love and care by a housemother and a relief housemother. There are 2 residents per bedroom and each house has 12 residents.

The Nedcor Hi-Care Centre is maintained 24 hours per day by trained staff and provides for the needs of those with limited mobility.

The Village is also starting phase 1 of their first old age home, as residents can live there from age eighteen to passing. A fleet of 5 mini buses transports the non-residents on a daily basis. We are also currently in the process of starting phase 1 of our first old age home.”

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