I hope this fall 2018 issue of the
Gateway Foundation newsletter finds all of you, our
friends, colleagues and partners, in good health and
enjoying this holiday season. We have been very busy
since our last issue. I hope you take a few moments to
read about our 50th Anniversary Celebration and other
latest activities, meet the people included in this issue
and learn more about some of our program investments.
In October we were fortunate to host our 50th Anniversary
Celebration at an annual dinner with over 300 guests.
These guests were a diverse group of friends from our
past, our present and our future, with some folks being
introduced to our work for the first time. On this
celebratory evening we came together to honor past and
present leaders and share our stories of success through
the outcomes of our alumni. We raised almost $150,000 for
our programs, especially for our alumni community, which
you can read more about in this newsletter.
As this year comes to close, we reflect on all of the
changes we have experienced and plan for the
opportunities to come. In preparation for future growth
and innovation, we know we need to continue investing in
our leaders and staff. This past quarter we brought
together leaders from across nine states for our first
annual leadership conference. It was an opportunity to
build our teams across both of our divisions and to share
a common set of core competencies for the organization.
These competencies will guide us into the future of our
next 50 years. As always, we thank all of you for your
continued support as we deliver cutting-edge addiction
medicine treatment and save lives.
Pictured above: Michael Darcy (right), our legacy CEO,
built our strong foundation for our new CEO Tom Britton
(left) to lead us into the future
We are proud to highlight a member of the
Gateway Foundation team who exemplifies all the core values of
our organization — integrity, teamwork, compassion, opportunity
and evolution — Dawn Ruzich. Dawn holds a master's degree in
public policy from the University of Chicago and has an
extensive background in the nonprofit and corrections world.
Dawn is our executive director of business development in our
Corrections Division and has been an invaluable member of the
team since she joined in January 2015. She joined Gateway
Foundation at an exciting and critical time in our evolution,
when there was much change and opportunity to innovate and
Dawn was hired to support the growth of our Corrections
Division and is responsible for driving and executing the
strategic growth plan while maintaining Gateway Foundation’s
position as the premier provider of correctional treatment
services. She works with members of the division to ensure the
practices and treatment plans are current and evidence-based.
In the short time she has been here, Dawn has managed the
tremendous growth we have experienced in this dimension of our
work. She is an advocate and respected leader in the field of
substance use and mental health in corrections. Her
contributions today will have a long-lasting impact on our
scope and on the lives of those impacted by the disease of
While Dawn’s target is the Corrections Division, she is always
available to support the team in policy analysis and other
areas of expertise. She is adept at recognizing opportunities
for new concepts and evolution of our model and, most
importantly, demonstrates an unprecedented passion for the work
We highlight Dawn as an example of our entire Gateway
Foundation workforce who demonstrates integrity and commitment
to quality first. Thank you, Dawn, for your continuous hard
work and commitment to our mission of saving lives.
Debbie became a teacher because she wanted to
help other people, especially kids. On a typical weekday, she
would drop her son off at the high school then go to her own
classroom of fourth-graders, where there’s no typical other
than the subjects.
Well respected by their small town and church, Debbie’s son had
his sights set on Yale University with a GPA to match. He knew
his mother, a teacher, and father, a carpenter, couldn’t afford
to send him to the Ivy League without scholarships. One day,
dream in mind, he borrowed a friend’s ADHD medication to stay
focused on a test.
Completing treatment is an incredible accomplishment, but
the work does not end there and neither does our support.
Recovery is a lifelong process that requires continued
focus, support and commitment. Science shows that the
greatest indicator of lasting success is sustained
engagement in recovery activities and support. Our alumni
benefit from an active Recovery Community that includes
social activities and educational programming to help
empower recovery for life.
One of the biggest barriers to getting treatment is the
stigma associated with substance use disorder. Being part
of a recovery community helps others find the courage to share their story and
increases the likelihood that others will access treatment, thus
affirming addiction is a disease
like any other.
Giving Tuesday may be over, but you can still support Gateway
Foundation and our mission of saving lives. Since 1968, our
goal has been straightforward: help patients get their life
back on track and achieve a life of sobriety, free from drug
use and symptoms of mental illness. A life that is productive,
socially responsible and healthy.
In the past 50 years, we’ve utilized evidence-based practices
to help over one million patients, and we still have many more
lives to touch. In order to continue the work we are doing we
need your support.