About Us

The Gateway was established on 6 November 1972 by Doris Johnson. Her daughter and inspiration for this establishment is currently still a resident at The Gateway Village.​

During a meeting at St Gabriel’s Church in April 1972, Dorris Johnson made an agreement to lease the old Luipaardsblei Mine Hospital for use to start a school for persons with mental and physical disabilities as she became aware of her own struggle and need for such a school in the area.

The need was so great, that within 3 years the premises has become too small for the number of children attending and new premises had to be found.

During 1975 The School moved to Florida where children were taught in Zozo huts. Finally, in 1978 after much research into the problems school leavers had finding jobs in a secure and uplifting environment it was decided by Doris and The Gateway Executive Committee that sheltered employment facilities should be provided.

The Gateway Village became a reality in 1979 when The Gateway Society bought 13 hectares of land in Wilgespruit, Roodepoort and started developing the property. The first residents were accepted on The Gateway Village in 1984.

The Gateway School relocated to this property in 1995 and in February 1999 the Nedcor Hi-Care Centre, that assist in the special needs of individuals with lack of mobility, opened.

This year we completed a home for our elderly residents and this is the end of Dorris's dream. Our beneficiaries can be supported from age 3 until passing in loving comfort and the correct care.

 

The Gateway Society managed most of these projects through fundraising events and the support of the community.

Today our Committe is growing this dream to include more residential houses and a developed property to secure the sustainability of our organization.

Our benificiaries will forever be our "Angels" and our housemothers and teachers our "angel keepers"


OTHER FUNDRAISING INITIATIVES FOR SUSTAINABILITY

·         Tables, chairs and various cutlery & crockery for rent

·         The Gateway Kitchen can cater for most functions at the best prices

·         Our ABSA Bakery has the freshest products from cheese scones to biscuits

                (Price list on request from village@lantic.net)

·         The Charity Shop has the best quality 2nd hand books at the best prices

·         Any donations are welcome (household, clothes, linen, toys & stationary) If we cannot use it, we can sell it

·         Become a "Friend of The Gateway" & reach your level by a monthly fixed donation

·         There are various events throughout the year one can become involved in, either voluntary of financially.

                 Any assistance are welcomed and greatly appreciated.

·         For further information on how you can assist, please contact us:  village@lantic.net