Gateway honors Community Champions

May 3, 2016

Annual Luncheon Spotlights Organziations, Individuals 

Gateway Healthcare hosted its annual awards luncheon on May 2 and honored individuals and organizations who demonstrate a commitment to their community. Honorees included Bristol Rotary Charities Foundation, Shriners of Rhode Island Charities Trust, Senior Account Executive Chris Martinez and Procter & Gamble, and Otis Warren, M.D., of the University Emergency Medical Foundation.

Bristol Rotary Charities Foundation was awarded Gateway’s Leadership Award for its strong support in the development of Gateway’s The Autism Project-East Bay Support Center. The center provides local access to Gateway services for East Bay families who live with autism. 

Shriners of Rhode Island Charities Trust received Gateway’s Light of Hope Philanthropy Award for its funding of Gateway programs, including Adventures in Learning, FRIENDS WAY and Caritas. These programs cover a broad range of services that benefit community members from ages three through adulthood. 

Martinez and Procter & Gamble received the organization’s Community Service Award as they adopted Gateway’s Blackstone Adolescent Counseling Center as a focal point of their community giving. The center provides care for adolescent girls ages 12 to 18 who have behavioral health care issues.  
Warren, with the University Emergency Medical Foundation received Gateway’s Champion Award. Warren was the primary driver for the creation of the Enhanced Care Team, a unique program that promotes emergency room alternatives and care for individuals who live with alcohol and drug dependence.  

“It is through their commitment and genuine care for community that we are able to provide much-needed mental health services throughout Rhode Island,” says Richard Leclerc, president of Gateway. “The luncheon is a celebration of our honorees’ achievements and a time to recognize and thank our team of counselors, clinicians and volunteers who, every day, dedicate themselves to improving the lives of others.”

Senior advisor for Trauma Informed Services Cheryl Sharp was keynote speaker at the event held at The Marriott Providence. A trauma survivor herself, she has worked with adult trauma survivors for more than 28 years, and trains and speaks nationally on the subject. Her personal and professional experiences offer a unique perspective on mental health care and its best practices. 

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