Natalie’s Story

Natalie Skipp came to Gateway Hudson Valley in August 2022 and was assigned to our Health Home Manager.  At this time in her life, Natalie was facing homelessness and severe trauma from domestic violence. However, she was very determined to do whatever it would take to create the life she has today, no matter the hardships and barriers that she might experience while working toward her goals.

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David’s Story

David Traver is one of the hardest working, motivated and determined individuals you will ever have the pleasure to meet. When David sets a goal for himself, he will put all his effort into making it reality.

Thanks to the wages he earns through Preferred Source employment, he has reached his ultimate goal to be self-sufficient.

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Charles headshoCharles’ Story

My name is Charles Hertica and I am a father, a son, a friend, and a lifelong member of the Hudson Valley community. As someone who struggled with addiction, I’ve seen how difficult it can be for your friends, family, and community.

I left a halfway house in June of 2022 and was given an opportunity by Gateway to receive supportive housing. I would like to be an example for people that recovery is possible and there are wonderful organizations that are willing to help.

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Chris headshotChris’ Story

My name is Chris. I am 51 years old and a student here at Gateway PROS. I came from an extremely dysfunctional, chaotic, rage-aholic family upbringing.  As a result, I developed severe anxiety and PTSD at a relatively early age, but wasn’t officially diagnosed until I was in my early thirties. Furthermore, I suffer from chronic recurrent depression and psychosis. I’ve also been hospitalized three times due to my disorders and panic attacks on the job and have experienced bouts of extremely horrible insomnia that caused intense paranoia, amongst other symptoms.

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Jimmys headshotJimmy’s Story

When I started PROS over three years ago I was in a much different place than I am now. I was in and out of the hospital on three different occasions and was suffering from pseudo-seizures from all the stress that my mind was under due to my illness. I came out of the hospital homeless and penniless. I ended up in a shelter with around twenty other men, which wasn’t the ideal situation because of the nature of my symptoms but I didn’t have any other options.

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Melissas headshotMelissa’s Story

Melissa 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.

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