Melissas HeadshotMelissa has been part of the Gateway family since enrolling in our Work Center nearly 20 years ago. Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of working with her through many of our programs and services and witnessing her build confidence and independence as she became more involved in the local community.  As a participant in Gateway’s Internship Program, Melissa was able to gain work experience in several different fields.

She learned that the work she enjoys most is helping others, particularly seniors. This passion turned her final internship into a permanent position as a Recreational Aide at Mountain Valley Manor where she runs the BINGO, Art and Trivia groups five days a week. With her bright smile, warm demeanor, patience, and gift of empathy, she is beloved by her coworkers and all of the people she assists. We’re certain that Melissa’s story has many more amazing chapters not yet written.