Gateways Foundation for Youth and Families
AGENCY - GATEWAYS FOUNDATION FOR YOUTH AND FAMILIES
Washington state's oldest charity and its foundation are expanding the use of the Jessie Dyslin Ranch property in order to put more youth and families to work, improve the security of the local food network, establish healthy kids programs to combat childhood obesity and provide a model for preservation and restoration of urban farm land and food production.
greenhouse is the youth development program and curriculum of both Gateways for Youth and Families and the Gateways Foundation in partnership with the National Foster Parent Association and the Foster Parent Association of Washington State. The Farm To Table Program is the agricultural program managed by the Gateways Foundation. STOPGAP is the job training and education program of the Foundation. Other programs run by Gateways for Youth and Families at the Jesse Dyslin Ranch will benefit from the transformation to a community based farm-educational center and farm-to-table food processing site.
Major Elements Of The Project
Create new permanent green jobs Improve security of the local food network Establish two key components of the healthy kids programs to combat childhood obesity Provide a model for preservation and restoration of urban farm land and local food production Furnish hands-on training in a variety of agribusiness or green related jobs. Provide job placement assistance in a livable wage job market. Link grower programs, farm-to-market programs, farm to school programs, nutrition and community food programs
GATEWAYS for Youth and Families and the Gateways Foundation for Youth and Families jointly operate a 31 acre property centrally located between five major school districts in Pierce County, just off the State Highway 512/Interstate 5 transportation corridor. The property is home to the social service programs run by GATEWAYS, including foster care placement and support services, an early learning center, a co-parenting education center, the agricultural activities of the Farm To Table Project, the STOPGAP job training program and greenhouse, the youth development program.
The organizational mission of Gateways is shaping young lives and transforming families so they can thrive. Agriculture has historically been integrated into the youth development program and the 85 year old Jessie Dyslin Ranch has always been an agricultural education center. The Farm To Table Project is a long term plan to renovate the Jessie Dyslin Ranch in a way that will leverage the agricultural nature of the property to meet programmatic goals and reach financial sustainability.
The Jessie Dyslin Ranch is a rare 31 acre property, owned by a nonprofit social service agency and dedicated to serving as a community resource and educational center for young people. It is located between 2 growing urban centers, in a fertile suburban greenbelt that is reserved as a rural separator in an area increasingly overcome by development. It is also located at the nexus point of 7 public and private school districts