Whether through monetary donations or volunteering within the program, dedicated support from throughout our community has insured that the Gate is a viable program from our opening day in 2004. We have been fortunate to keep our fees affordable for our participants while still providing stimulating activities and a caring, qualified staff.
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How can you get involved?
The Gate offers many volunteer opportunities. All that is asked of a volunteer is to be yourself and enjoy the time you spend with participants. Volunteers are welcome to come and spend an hour or a day. The Gate is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm. We also need volunteers to assist with tasks such as reading, taking photographs, speaking about the program, designing pamphlets, helping with fundraisers and even other tasks off site.
Criteria for enrollment:
Our enrolled participants must be 22 or older, live in Blount County, and have a significant disability. Significant disability is a subjective term, but translates to a person who cannot live or work independently. Consequently, the range of abilities is broad. Several participants attend our program with a nurse or a special assistant. These personal assistants are needed because of health issues, feeding issues and/ or hygiene issues. The Gate’s staff does not perform any medical procedures, assist with personal care such as diapering, and are not licensed or permitted to give any medications.