Hopefully you were inspired by the story above about our Lunch Program and see the benefits that it provides individuals at home, at GTL, and hopefully at a future job. Because of the consistent use of equipment and supplies in our Lunch Program, GTL is in search of donors willing to donate: 
Kitchen Supplies: 
  •  Large commercial grade pots 
  •  Medium size plastic containers with lids 
  •  Commercial grade baking sheets 
  •  Commercial grade baking pans 
  •  Large serving spoons and utensils 
  •  Silverware 
  •  Cut Resistant Kitchen Safety Gloves 
  •  Cash donations 
 
Call John at 773-784-3200 or email here

 

 
Order a tray of Gateway’s tasty assorted cookies! 
Take it another step and order a lamb cake made with delicious pound cake or brownie! 
Add one of our large solid Chocolate Bunnies to your Easter egg hunt for the kids! 
And we won’t judge if you sneak a small box of Easter chocolates for yourself. 
 
You can find the order form online here or call  John before April 7th to place your order! 
773-784-3200

 
 
GTL Closed: Spring Break 
Friday, April 14, 2017 - Sunday, April 23, 2017 
Classes resume Monday, April 24, 2017 
 
GTL Closed: Memorial Day 
Friday, May 26, 2017 - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 
Classes resume Wednesday, May 31, 2017 
 
Farmers Market 
Thursday, June 15, 2017, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Lincoln Square next to the Western ‘L’ stop

Fall Fest 2016 is a celebratory evening where families and friends of GTL have the opportunity to show their appreciation for the staff and work of the organization. There are many ways to support GTL’s primary fund-raising event. Here are the ways to join in on the festivities or just contribute: 
  •  Buy a table for 10 persons at $850.00 or an individual ticket at $85. 
  •  Buy an $85 ticket to sponsor a GTL staff member for an evening of fun. 
  •  Contribute an item for the silent auction or liquor raffle. Contact Chris Smolen for details at 773-784-3200. 
  •  Buy and/or sell raffle tickets at $5.00 per ticket. First prize is $500; second prize is $300; and third prize is $200. Raffle tickets can be picked up at GTL or contact Kim Ffrench at 773-784-3200. 
Executive Director, Cheryl Hennelly, and the GTL Board of Directors hope to see everyone on Friday, November 4, 2016 at White Eagle Banquets at 6839 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Niles, Illinois. Come enjoy the evening from 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm for dining, dancing, socializing, and supporting the silent auction and raffles.

GTL is proud to announce the hiring of John Ratzenberger as the organization’s new Director of Marketing & Development. John comes to the organization after working nearly 15 years in nonprofit organizations with 12 of those years of in marketing, advocacy and development for disability support organizations.
John’s primary responsibilities will be to market the organization and Can-Do Café, cultivate business relationships and build opportunities for fundraising. John started on August 1st and implemented phase I of his marketing strategy.
 
Thanks to The Coleman Foundation, GTL was awarded a significant grant that allowed John to create a marketing campaign for Dorothy’s Can-Do Café. The campaign created billboards in Lincoln Square and mobile telephone ads to generate 2.2 million impressions on over 211,000 individuals.
 
John’s vision is to build stronger relation-ships with current and future donors of GTL. The first step is to make it easy for donors to interact with the organization. He is building a communication system whereby donors can electronically subscribe to newsletters and special events, and manage personal information and donation history.
According to John, the highlight of his work is mining GTL’s potential for going from good to great.
In case the name was ringing a bell, no, John is not the actor from the television show, Cheers.
 

Gateway to Learning
Special Education
and Training Center

4925 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-2609

P. 773-784-3200
F. 773-784-3299

 Dorothy's Can Do Cafe
4925 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-2609  

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