What is Gateway?
Gateway is an online system where social workers and school resource centers can enter needs of foster families or families in difficult situations. Once the needs are entered into the system, volunteers who have signed up to be a part of Gateway will receive an e-mail notifying them of the needs. If a volunteer is able to meet the need, they click on the button to meet it and they are put in contact with the worker who entered it.
What kind of needs are entered into Gateway?
Social workers who are involved in various situations often see needs that can keep a family together if they have someone who can help. The needs can be as simple as a mom without a crib for a new baby or a family who needs multiple sizes of school uniforms for their kids. Sometimes, a young mom has no money for the deposit on an apartment, so a social worker will ask for a specific amount of money. Since the requests are entered by a social worker or resource center, we know the needs are legitimate. The needs are physical, tangible needs that, if met, will make a huge difference in keeping families together.
How can I meet the need?
We are looking for volunteers across the state willing to sign up to meet these needs. As OCA is growing, so is our Gateway ministry. We have social workers in Kentucky and southern Indiana signing up to enter requests, but we need more volunteers willing to receive the emails. It is simple to become a volunteer! Sign up here and you will receive an e-mail when a need in your area is entered into the system. If you see a request you can fulfill, simply click the link to meet the need.
Gateway is a wonderful way to show you care. Providing physical needs can make a huge difference in a family who is struggling. Many of our requests for help are for single mothers, young adults aging out of foster care, or families in desperate situations. This is a beautiful way to give hope to families in your community who simply need someone to care.
If you have further questions about our Gateway ministry, please contact our Family Support Director, Stacia Washausen at email@example.com.