Community Gatepath (Redwood City , CA)


  • Name:Mrs. Gabrielle Karampelas
  • Title:Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Collaborations

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Community Gatepath
  • Address:350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 123
    Redwood City , CA 94065
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:650-259-8500

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  • Mission:
  • Creating opportunities for greater independence for children, youth and adults with special needs and disabilities through education and support services that empower individuals and families.

  • Overview:
  • Community Gatepath builds paths to opportunities that promote equality in education, health and employment for individuals with special needs and developmental disabilities. For over 90 years we have dedicated ourselves to improving the quality of lives of those we serve and creating support networks so children and adults with disabilities can thrive in school, at work and in the community. Gatepath’s direct services targets residents of San Mateo County in the San Francisco Bay Area, while its online community and resource hub for professionals and special needs families – – has a national reach, and increasingly an international audience.

    Gatepath's service portfolio is one of the most complete for individuals with disabilities and families. With accreditation from the Commission of Accredited Rehabilitation Facilities, Gatepath employs 156 staff and reaches over 9,000 individuals, professionals and families annually on an operating budget of $9.8 million.

    Gatepath services span the lifetime and interests of those we serve. Children with or at risk of developmental delays from birth to age three receive early intervention to enhance their motor, cognitive and communication skills during critical stages of development. Inclusive preschool is available through Learning Links, where students with and without special needs, ages two to five, learn and prepare for kindergarten together.

    Adult Services focuses on empowerment through education, life skills and vocational skills to achieve greater independence. All programs are located in the community closest to where the individual lives. Gatepath’s Learning and Resource Campuses are adult day programs that offer a myriad of curriculum courses, including topics on banking and budgeting, foreign language, safety, healthy habits and personal care. For individuals with developmental disabilities seeking employment, our Learning and Employment Campus offers a variety of employment mock-up stations designed to provide trainees with worksite simulators to hone job specific skills and improve their performance on various tasks.

    Gatepath also operates Community Access, which does not operate out of a facility but rather uses the community as a living classroom with a primary focus on helping young adults with disabilities navigate public transportation, increase social skills and gain volunteer and paid work experience. Individuals who are work ready benefit from Gatepath’s distinguished Employment Services that partners with our extensive network of over 100 employment partners including Electronic Arts, Target, Walgreens, Safeway, Century Theaters, and various small businesses throughout the County to secure employment for job seekers with developmental disabilities. Gatepath partners with our employers to provide job coaching to help make the transition successful for both parties.

    Through, Gatepath has become a national thought leader in advancing the health and wellness of people with developmental disabilities on issues where our population is at risk, including the release of two national reports on bullying and obesity risks for youth and adults with disabilities.

    Our history, achievements and reputation are the result of dedicated leadership, strong fiscal management, and innovative services provided. Gatepath closely monitors trends and participates in many collaborations which ensures our programs continually meet the community need and incorporates preferred practices in the field. Through the combined efforts of our management team and Board of Directors, we are finalizing our next strategic plan for focused, sustainable growth and innovation while ensuring our measurable objectives meet the vision, mission, and strategic intent of the organization.

    Gatepath firmly believes potential resides within all of us and takes seriously our role to empower and inspire those we serve to reach their greatest potential.

  • History:
  • Community Gatepath is the largest and longest running nonprofits in San Mateo County serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. With roots in the community since 1920, our history is filled with mergers to become the agency we are today. In 1995 we became Poplar ReCare after merging with another local nonprofit whose services were similar to those we provided. Six years after the merger, our board of directors with input from the community and donors, changed our name to Community Gatepath and developed our tagline of “Turning Disabilities Into Possibilities.”

    Throughout our history we have always dedicated ourselves to ensuring children and adults have access to services that increase their independence. San Mateo County has been our geographic service area since our inception. In 2010, with the launch of, we established a national presence via online support services and information. In 2012, we expanded our direct service geographic footprint to include Santa Clara County with vendorization authority to deliver Community Access services for adults from San Andreas Regional Center.

    Community Gatepath continues to benefit from the visionary leadership of Sheryl Young for the past 25 years. Sheryl joined the agency just before the Poplar ReCare merger and has doubled the agency's operating budget and tripled the number of people Gatepath serves annually during her tenure. Her foresight and leadership has and continues to keep Gatepath ahead of curve with respect to program development and overall external risks to operations. Because of her commitment to those we serve, Gatepath was the first in the state to design an employment program tailored to the strengths of the autism community and the first in the region to move 100% of our programs to community based program models that research proved improved the quality of life for those we serve.

    Another accomplishment in our history is the strategic focus management and our board of directors to reduce reliance on government funding. Most of our services are reimbursed by state agencies dedicated to support the wellbeing of individuals with developmental disabilities. However, with the state and federal fiscal issues the past 5 years, that funding has been cut or has had rate cuts that exceed 10 years. Today, government fees only cover 80% of program costs, requiring Gatepath to fund the remaining 20% to keep programs high quality and available for children, adults and their families. During the same time of rate cuts and freeze, demand for Gatepath services grew dramatically. Due to strong fiscal management and strategic planning, in the last 5 years, Gatepath's operating revenue has successfully gone from being 70% derived by government funding to 59%; an 11% positive shift toward the overall goal of reducing reliance on government dollars.

    Despite our 100 year history, Gatepath operates like a new organization because of the entrepreneurial spirit that all our employees embody. We take great pride in finding solutions that benefit the social good.

  • Year established:1920
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:21
  • Advisory board size:5
  • Staff size:156


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:94-1156502

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:941156502
  • Organization Name:COMMUNITY GATEPATH
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  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:350 TWIN DOLPHIN DR STE 123
  • Organization City:REDWOOD CITY
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:94065-1458
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:September, 1946
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):179, 150
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other health services, Hospital
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:J30Z
  • Asset Amount:$10,092,120
  • Asset Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$18,680,082
  • Income Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$13,674,587
  • Last Updated:3/17/2018 1:19:31 pm

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