Board Members: The Highest Form of Volunteer
AbilityPath has fantastic board members, bringing with them their own areas of expertise. We strive to ensure our board members can amplify the voices of the communities we serve and that they are experts in subjects that are relevant to our mission. We are fortunate to have these excellent advisors further our organization’s work!
Prioritizing COVID-19 Vaccines for Those with Developmental Disabilities
As CEO of AbilityPath, I want to add my voice to the calls of those seeking to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations for people with developmental disabilities.
2020-2021 California Budget Proposal
Governor Newsom shared his 2021-2022 state budget proposal in a news conference on Friday, January 8th. The Governor stated his proposed budget was developed with a strong focus on the urgent needs of Californians, which includes wildfire preparation and addressing the fallout from COVID-19.
Dear AbilityPath Family,
The pace of changes we have had to adapt to this week has been unprecedented. I know how unsettling and disorienting this has been for all of us.
Gatepath and Abilities United Become AbilityPath
New Name and Tagline—Inspiring Inclusion—Position California, Developmental Disabilities Service Provider for the Next 100 Years
2020 Inclusion Publication
In recognition of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (March 2020) Gatepath partnered with Goodwill, Hope Services, Housing Choices, LSA Homes, Options for All, SCDD Central Coast, South Bay Consortium for Adult Education, Therapy and Via Services to create a custom news print publication to bring a positive message of inclusion on behalf of those with disabilities in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
County Eyes ‘A Unique Opportunity’ for Affordable Housing in Palo Alto for Adults With Disabilities
A small, Santa Clara County-owned property in south Palo Alto may soon be redeveloped to create an increasingly valuable and rare commodity: affordable housing for adults with disabilities.
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Announces 2020 CZI Community Fund Recipients
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced nearly $3.5 million in grants to Bay Area organizations working on the most critical issues facing local communities.
Make Sure You Are Registered to Vote – Everyone’s Voice Matters!
The thought of more than 150,000 Californians with developmental disabilities using their voice to vote on election day is incredibly powerful!
Healthcare District and Nonprofits Join Forces to Open First Cooperative Housing Model for Adults with Developmental Disabilities in San Mateo County
Peninsula Health Care District, Gatepath and Housing Choices have formed a partnership to establish the first cooperative living homes in San Mateo County for adults with developmental disabilities.
Governor Newsom Says California’s Special Education is in Crisis
Yet His State Budget Proposal for 2020-21 Fails to Adequately Fund Services for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
At Gatepath, we look at our Vision, Mission and Values
At Gatepath, we look at our Vision, Mission and Values statements as our “North Star”, defining the optimal future state of what we want to achieve as an organization over time.
Hillsborough Living: Spotlight on Gatepath
Spotlight on Gatepath.
Four Award-Winning Authors Champion Inclusion at the 28th Annual Authors Luncheon
A benefit for children and adults with special needs and developmental disabilities.
David Maraniss, Cathleen Schine, J. Ryan Stradal, and Deborah Underwood Announced as Guest Authors at Abilities United 28th Annual Authors Luncheon
A benefit that supports children and adults with special needs and developmental disabilities
The Power of Possibilities: Empowering People with Special Needs with Gatepath
Back in May, we were lucky enough to host Gatepath for its film festival event. The participants transformed our Barn into the the Wild West for the evening to showcase the short films they’d made. We are honored to support the work Gatepath is doing.
California’s State Budget for the Developmental Disabilities System Falls Short
Over the past several months, we have advocated for improved funding of the developmental disabilities system in the FY2019-20 California State Budget, seeking to stabilize the safety net of services that Californians with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) rely on.
Gatepath and Abilities United Finalize Affiliation Agreement
Two Bay Area nonprofits join forces to become the largest provider of services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities on the Peninsula.
Governor’s Revised Budget Neglects the Needs of the Developmental Disabilities Community
Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom released his revised budget for FY 2019-20. While the Governor’s budget included a modest increase to the developmental disabilities system, the funding is limited to only a few designated program areas and it provides virtually no funding relief for most service providers.
You Have the Power to Influence Change
It’s been more than a decade since the Great Recession significantly impacted the funding for California’s developmental disability system. Since 2008 the cumulative budget cuts and inflationary impact to service providers has created a net shortfall of nearly $1.1 billion.
The Power of Possibilities Event Highlights the Importance and Impact of Inclusion
Gatepath held its 11th Annual Power of Possibilities on March 21, 2019.
NFL Super Bowl Champion Kurt Warner Speaks About the Importance of Inclusion at Gatepath’s Power of Possibilities Event
Warner shares his inspiring story about being a parent of a child with special needs.
Collaboration Helps Nonprofits Thrive
It was a privilege to participate recently in Thrive’s strategic retreat, where we explored new ways to achieve the organization’s mission of supporting and promoting a nonprofit sector that’s a major contributor to the economic and social health of San Mateo County.
People with Disabilities Lose as Programs Shrink or Close in Costly Bay Area
State and federal funding hasn’t matched rising rents or wages, the leaders of nonprofit organizations and for-profit business serving people with disabilities say.
Transforming the Nonprofit Mindset
Nonprofits face the ongoing challenge of figuring out how best to adapt to ever-changing economic, technological, social, and political environments. As one way to survive in times of limited funding and excessive risk aversion, nonprofit leaders often adopt a scarcity mindset that leads to extreme cost reduction.
Rotary Club Supports Gatepath and Our Mission of Inclusion
It was a privilege to be welcomed as a new member of the Rotary Club of Burlingame.
Gatepath and Abilities United Enter Merger Talks
Two Bay Area nonprofits serving individuals with developmental disabilities explore strategic alliance to proactively address significant underfunding of California’s disabilities system.
Carolina Ballardares Receives Spotlight on Excellence Award
We are extremely proud of Carolina Balladares, our Watch Me Grow and Family Resource Center manager, for receiving the Spotlight on Excellence Award from First 5 San Mateo County.
Gatepath Receives a Grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Grant supports organizations working to address the basic and more urgent needs of at-risk and vulnerable individuals in four San Mateo County Communities.
New Executive Committee to Board of Directors Announced
Gatepath, a nonprofit serving individuals with developmental disabilities and their families for more than 98 years, announced the appointments of a new Executive Committee to its Board of Directors. These individuals bring to the organization an array of professional expertise in the areas of finance, education, health, law, and operations.
Let’s Celebrate! 13 Peninsula Birthday Spots
Grins ‘n’ Giggles party space was designed with specialized indoor and outdoor play structures to accommodate children of all abilities and accessible for those with special needs and disabilities. Best of all, it’s available year-round, rain or shine.
The First Inclusive Party Place for Kids with Special Needs is Here!
Located in Burlingame, Grins ‘n’ Giggles is a party place for children of all abilities ages two to five.
NFL Super Bowl Champion Kurt Warner and Award-Winning Journalist Nancy O’Dell Announced as Guest Speakers at Gatepath’s 11th Annual Power of Possibilities
Two-time NFL MVP and Super Bowl champion Kurt Warner will be the guest speaker at Gatepath’s 11th Annual Power of Possibilities event on March 21, 2019 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront in Burlingame, CA.
Nonprofits Struggle with Growing Rents
If growing anxiety over lease renewals and scoping ways to downsize are an emblem of an expensive real estate market squeezing Bay Area residents and businesses, the reality of rising space rents and prices is not lost on San Mateo County nonprofits fighting to remain in the communities they serve.
The High Cost of Operating a Business in the Bay Area Challenges Nonprofits
Insights from Gatepath were featured in a recent San Mateo Daily Journal article entitled “Nonprofits struggle with growing rents,” which brings to light one of the biggest challenges facing Bay Area based nonprofits – increasingly high operating costs.