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Gatesway Foundation struggling financially, selling assets

Posted at 5:55 PM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 19:09:42-04

BROKEN ARROW -- One of Oklahoma's largest non-profit organizations that helps disabled adults is selling off assets. 

President Gloria Morton said they are struggling financially. 

"It's been many many years of inconsistent funding from the state," Morton said. "It's difficult to say the least... to be able to provide the best service possible when the funding is not there."

Some of Gatesway's clients live and work on their property. Others commute in to work through the organization.

To pay off their debts and get some cash to keep the foundation running, they have listed the majority of their 41-acre campus in Broken Arrow for sale. 

Their gymnasium, workshop, administrative building, one of their group homes, the main building and one that is not currently occupied are for sale. 

"There was a day that all of this was kind of a blessing, but that was like in the early 60s when they were built," Morton said. "They are somewhat antiquated for providing services."

She said moving forward Gatesway will "look different." Morton said they are planning to be out in the community more. 

During this process, KJRH has confirmed at least one board member has stepped down. 

"There has not been any mismanagement of any kind and we have no problem talking about it, because we don't have anything to hide," Morton said.

Morton assured that the services will not change for the clients as a result of the sale. 

They are keeping the group homes where the majority of their clients live. 

That is a relief for Doug James whose daughter Jessica lives at Gatesway.

"She's the happiest she's ever been in her life," James said. 

James said he has known the non-profit was having financial difficulties and it is not something the foundation has tried to hide.

"Everything I've seen out there involves the welfare of the disabled adults out there," James said. "From my perspective, I've never seen anything out there to question that or I would question it." 

 

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