On November 23rd, the board was informed that anonymous donors in our community have offered a matching gift of up to $25,000! The donors have agreed to give Gateway $1 for every $1 raised by December 31, 2015. In other words, what you give by the end of this year will effectively be doubled! Please help us get the full $25,000! Donate online at www.hopesweethope.org > donate or send checks to P.O. Box 432, Fort Dodge, IA 50501.Read More
Love heals and hope transforms…
That is the premise of Magdalene House in Nashville, Tennessee, a program founded by the Rev. Becca Stevens in 1997. Inspired by Magdalene’s community-living model, Gateway to Discovery opened its doors on October 21, 2013 as the first women’s residential recovery program in Fort Dodge and the only program of its kind in Iowa. The Gateway program helps homeless women recover from addiction and gain control of their lives. Women commit to two years in a community of recovery in exchange for housing, therapy, access to healthcare and opportunities for education and job training at no cost to them. Gateway to Discovery is supported solely by churches, individuals, foundations and service groups so that the program can remain faith-based with God at the center.
Our mission statement describes the program as a sanctuary to emphasize the haven that is needed for women facing social, psychological and economic factors that drive them to desperate means for survival. Addicts must overcome the peer pressure, bullying, physical abuse, sexual abuse, mental abuse, vulnerability and risk-taking behavior that led to addiction and a life on the streets. The sanctuary of Gateway to Discovery welcomes women into a compassionate and disciplined community where they can recover and rebuild their lives.
Perhaps the story of Gateway to Discovery can best be told by the first women to graduate from the program. To follow are testimonies from Josi and Holly who recently became the first to complete the two-year program! These women are part of a movement that is changing the tide of the conversation away from blame and shame towards healing. We could not be more proud of what these courageous women have accomplished in their journeys of sobriety.
The successful stories of Josi and Holly would not have been possible without your help. And we would like to help many more women! In fact, as we look towards 2016, we are planning to even more closely model the Magdalene program and expand Gateway’s services to reach women dealing with addiction who are also human trafficking victims. The additional training is ongoing and program changes are being made. We believe all of our efforts will be worth it as the lives of even more women are saved, but we cannot do it without your support.
Will you please consider supporting Gateway to Discovery so we can continue to offer women a sanctuary as they heal…at no cost to them or taxpayers? Enclosed is a donation envelope for your convenience. Additionally, food certificates, household cleaning & paper products, women’s personal care items and gently used women’s clothing are always appreciated. Please call us at 515.302.8162 for delivery or pickup of donated goods. Thank you for allowing us to share Gateway to Discovery with you! We appreciate your support!
Gateway to Discovery Board
On behalf of our board of directors as well as the residents, and staff we thank everyone at Dan Riley Plumbing for your generous and great support to our program. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Please go and check out our ‘Events’ page to learn more about our event that will be coming up called “Paint the Town Purple.” June 20th – 26th! We are looking for volunteers and send in your order for a T-shirt!Read More
We are excited to introduce our newest product, magnets!! We love putting a unique twist on some of the most basic items!! Hope that you enjoy these as much as we do!!
We are super excited about our new and improved website! We hope you enjoy the newest additions. We have lots more coming! Watch us grow and blossom!!Read More
We are busy working to bring you the latest events, news and daily impact the Hope Sweet Hope Studios has in lives of the women who work here!
We look forward to sharing our photos and the stories of our daily lives and journey to recovery!
Check back soon and watch us grow in the grace we find everyday working together with such caring people!Read More