Gateway to Prevention and Recovery started as a group of local, concerned citizens coming together as a result of watching two Chemical People television specials in the 1980s. These citizens sustained a planning group in an effort to pave the way for addiction treatment services to be offered in their community. Gateway was initially named the ‘DARE’ program of Shawnee, Oklahoma. In 1985, ‘DARE’ secured their 501c3 non-profit status; hired their first professional staff member; and received a foundation grant for operating capital. Through efforts from the Board of Directors, private donations, the Shawnee Noon Day Lions Club and United Way, funding was acquired to start providing addiction treatment services to the community.
By 1986, Gateway had four full-time staff members and in 1987, an Advisory Board was developed. DARE received a prevention grant to provide a best practice prevention program named, School Team Training. The State of Kansas was already conducting School Team Training and the Executive Director, Sallie McLaughlin, traveled to Kansas to participate and bring this information back to Oklahoma schools.
The ‘DARE’ program changed its name to ‘Gateway to Prevention and Recovery’ which has now grown into a comprehensive continuum of prevention, intervention, treatment and training services for the counties of Pottawatomie, Lincoln, Okfuskee, Seminole, Hughes, McIntosh, and surrounding areas. Gateway is fortunate to have professional, experienced staff providing all our services as well as a committed Board of Directors providing leadership as unpaid volunteers. These men and women give countless hours in the hopes of making our community a better place to live.
We are proud of our history, heritage, and journey. Gateway is honored to serve this community and looking forward to the next 25 years.