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Gateway Services partners for new group home

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Groundbreaking at the new group home for Gateway Services are (left to right) Jeff Dean, president/CEO of Gateway Services; Brenda Zehr; Jene Kinsley, director of residential services for Gateway Services; Peter Garramone; and Jonathan, Lilly and Juli Mabry.

PRINCETON — Gateway Services Inc., and Jonathan and Juli Mabry entered a partnership to build a new group home, located on North Main Street in Princeton, for Gateway consumers.

Construction started in mid-July and will tentatively be completed in October. The Mabrys will act as the landlords for the consumers who will be responsible for paying their own rent.

Gateway strives to make the consumers as independent as possible. Requiring them to be responsible for their own rent helps promote independence. Gateway currently provides a consumer benefit advocate service who will assist on a monthly basis to ensure the consumers’ rent is paid on time.

The new group home will be a duplex, with a capacity of eight individuals. Gateway Services currently has five group homes with 24-hour direct care. These homes are mostly Gateway owned and are paid for by Gateway through consumer funds. Like the other five group homes, 24-hour direct support staff will be on site to assist the consumers.

Jene Kinsley, director of residential services for Gateway Services, said, “Everyone is excited to live in a more accessible location. With the home located on North Main, it gives the individuals more opportunities to go to the businesses on that side of town.”

Gateway Services Inc. is a 501(c)3 charitable not-for-profit corporation headquartered out of Princeton which provides services to individuals with disabilities in Bureau, Marshall and Putnam counties.

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