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News and Events Archive

May 22, 2014 - Wells Fargo Bank honored Gateway as its community partner at a formal breakfast held on May 22nd at the Cummer Museum of Art & Garden. 

This marks the fourth consecutive year that Gateway has received this honor. Margaret Niemeyer manager of Wells Fargo Baymeadows  presented a check in the amount of $1,000 to Fund Development Manger, Rosa Nicholas and expressed their gratitude for the support Gateway provides to the Northeast Florida community. 


February 10, 2014 - WJXT - - Heroin is an epidemic in parts of Florida

A newly released report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows a heroin epidemic is underway in parts of South Florida, but other hot spots for the deadly drug include Sarasota, Orlando and Jacksonville.

Gateway Community Services is a local center that prevents and treats the effects of addiction, and it says it has seen a recent uptick in the number of patients being treated for heroin.


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November 1, 2013 - WJXT - -  Gateway Community Services additiction specialist weighs in on Blackmon's suspension from the Jacksonville Jaguars
Experts say substance abuse is a relapsing disease
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October 31, 2013 - WJXT - - Teens share horrors of street drug 'Molly'
Teens currently in a rehabilitation program at Gateway Community Services says they would rather forget after experiencing day after day of being high on Molly.
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July 23, 2013 - The Florida Times-Union -- Gateway Community Services dedicates new child care center

Grand Opening for Childcare Center at Gateway Community Services

Weaver Family Foundation Provided Funds for the Center


July 22, 2013, Jacksonville, FL -- Grand Opening ceremonies were held during an Open House for the new childcare center at Gateway Community Services.


The childcare center was funded in part by the Weaver Family Foundation, founded by former Jacksonville Jaguars owners Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver.  The childcare center  is designed to care for children of women who are undergoing substance abuse treatment at Gateway Community Services. This allows mothers to get treatment without losing custody of their children, or without losing contact with them daily.


“Gateway was the first substance abuse treatment center in the nation to recognize the importance of keeping women and children together during treatment for drugs and alcohol,” said CEO Dr. Candace Hodgkins. “We are very proud of this new center, and grateful for the generous donations of the Weaver Family Foundation and our other community partners that made it possible.”


Former Gateway CEO Dr. Virginia Borrok will speak at the event. During her tenure at Gateway Community Services, Dr. Borrok initiated the first substance treatment program in the US that permitted children to remain with their mothers in treatment after birth. Prior to this, the infant would be removed from the mother and placed with either a foster family or a family member.


In addition to the Weaver Family Foundation, the childcare center was funded by a number of community partners including Builders Care, Lumber Unlimited, White Roofing, RD Landscaping, Late Bloomers Garden Club, First Timothy Church, Wells Fargo, and state and local funds.


Gateway Community Services provides drug and alcohol detoxification, counseling and rehabilitation for teens and adults. Located at 555 Stockton St., Jacksonville, FL, the non-profit agency offers outpatient and residential addiction treatment, recovery housing, research, and prevention services for the community. Gateway has received a “Guiding Star” designation from the Early Learning Coalition. Gateway Community Services accepts private insurance and Medicaid. Funding for those without insurance is provided through the state and local funding and through generous donations of people and businesses in our community. For more information or to make a donation, visit

Jaguars Foundation Donates Computers for Kids at Gateway Community Services


June 19 2013, Jacksonville, FL -- The Jaguars Foundation has donated six computers, keyboards, monitors and educational software for children attending the new daycare center at Gateway Community Services. The new childcare center cares for children of women receiving treatment at Gateway, as well as children from the community.


Peter Racine, president of the Jaguars Foundation, coordinated the donation of the computer equipment as part of the organization’s support of disadvantaged children in the community. “The Jaguars organization is pleased to partner with former Jaguars team owners Wayne and Delores Weaver and Gateway Community Services in support of the new childcare center ,” Racine said. “Because addiction affects the entire family, the recovery process includes the children, which is why the childcare center is so important.  The Jaguars’ donation of computers and educational software gives these children the tools they need for homework, learning and to have fun like their peers.” 


Gateway Community Services has been providing substance abuse treatment in the Jacksonville region since 1978. The services include inpatient, outpatient and residential treatment, clinical research, phone and internet-based treatment, prevention, intervention and HIV prevention and treatment. Gateway treats adults and adolescents and has specialized in several areas including a Women’s Recovery Program, transitional employment programs and supportive housing. The programs are based on the 12-step program.

Dr. Hodgkins EVE Award Finalist

Gateway Community Services is proud to announce that our CEO, Dr. Candace Hodgkins has been selected as one of 12 finalists for the 2013 EVE Awards hosted by the Florida Times Union. This year marks the 44th Annual celebration of the EVE Awards.

The EVE Awards are a North Florida and South Georgia tradition. Started in 1969, Jacksonville's daily newspaper recognizes women for their efforts and accomplishments in the areas of Education, Volunteer service and Employment at an annual luncheon ceremony attended by a large audience. Four finalists in each of the three categories are honored for their significant contributions of the past year. One woman from each of the three categories is presented the coveted golden apple, representing our community's first and most esteemed award for women. Dr. Hodgkins will be honored at a luncheon that will be held on Friday, May 31, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. The winners in each category will be announced during the luncheon. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Hodgkins on her nomination.

John Scott of 99.1 WQIK of Jacksonville Big Show with Robbie. John & Toni takes time out of his busy morning to speak with Dr. Candace Hodgkins, CEO of Gateway Community Services and special guest Tim White on the road to recovery, from drug and alcohol addiction. Tune in and see what insights each have to offer on this growing epidemic within our community. It is never too late to seek recovery.

Listen to the March 17th interview here (mp3)

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Tim White, Jacksonville native, singer-songwriter, successfull businessman and a recovering addict tells his story in his new book At the End of the Road - One Man's Journey from Chaos to Clarity.

Tim went from rock bottom to becoming a success story with the help of Gateway Community Services. He celebrates 20 years of sobriety with an interview on the Melissa Ross Show on WJCT.

Listen to the February 18th interview here (mp3)

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Listen to the February 18th Melissa Ross Show here

09/29/2012 - The Flavor of Jacksonville and the Beaches Event was held on September 29th at Latham Plaza (Jacksonville Beach).

Guests were served from 14 of the top restaurants in the Jacksonville and Beaches area. Musical entertainment was provided by the Bernos Band and Purpose Band. The event was a huge success and enjoyed by all.

The Flavor of Jacksonville will be Gateway's premiere event each year.

Information on the 2013 event will be announced as soon as the date has been confirmed.

Thanks to all the sponsors and restaurants that offered your support.

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05/23/2012 - The ribbon cutting ceremony officially opened the Serenity Park for the clients
of Gateway Community Services.

Key fundraisers Peggy Bryan and her sister Neely Towe and their families were on hand to bless the garden and do the honors of cutting the ribbon,


Sharing this moment with the Bryan and Towe family are key donors, clients, and Gateway Community Services staff.