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Gateway Longview Celebrates 130 Years of Community Impact

Buffalo, NY – On January 21st, Gateway Longview will begin commemorating 130 years of serving children and families across Western New York. Gateway Longview was originally founded in 1890 as The Buffalo Deaconess Home of the Methodist Episcopal Church, a Christian ministry of parishioners focused on serving orphaned children. Today, Gateway Longview operates as a private, registered not-for-profit, charitable corporation. Gateway Longview continues the organizations rich history of holistically caring for the needs of young people and their families by providing a spectrum of highly specialized care and treatment programs for youth ages zero-21 years, including: Behavioral Health Services, Foster Care and Adoption Services, Residential Treatment and Care, Center For Youth Development, Community Based Services, Therapeutic Preschool and Day School K-12.

“It is truly an honor to be serving as President and CEO of this great organization” said Carolyne DeFranco, President and CEO of Gateway Longview.130 years is an amazing accomplishment. Gateway Longview has been known by various names over the past 130 years but our core mission to protect, give hope and enrich the lives of every child and family we serve has remained the same. As we continue to grow our expert services, we know first-hand that changing a child’s life for the better has incredible, lasting results”.

Gateway Longview will commemorate 130 years throughout 2020 including spotlighting its rich history through storytelling across their website and social media platforms, #Celebrate130, where individuals can reminisce through old photos, testimonials, stories and videos. The public is encouraged to share positive memories or stories of the organization by visiting the Gateway Longview website at Additionally, Gateway Longview is asking the community to support their mission to “Protect, Give Hope and Enrich the lives of every child and family served” by generously donating $130 to celebrate 130 Years or any amount they can. The 130th anniversary will also be celebrated at this year’s annual BBQ and Blues Bash, a staple in the community for over eleven years and other events and programs that will be announced.

Gateway Longview is encouraging community members that know someone who has been positively impacted by Gateway Longview to fill out the contact form online at or contact the Gateway Longview Foundation at 716.783.3100.


1890 Buffalo Deaconess Home of the Methodist Episcopal Church is formed.

1904 Buffalo Deaconess Home of the Methodist Episcopal Church takes in its first child.

1912 A generous bequest from a supporter named Elizabeth Sheldon enables the Buffalo Deaconess Home of the Methodist Episcopal Church to purchase a 66-acre farm in Williamsville, New York, and build the facilities needed to house the growing number of orphaned children placed in care.

1964 Lynde School is built on the Williamsville, New York, Campus.

1967 Buffalo Deaconess Home of the Methodist Episcopal Church is renamed Gateway (Methodist Home for Children). Simultaneously, the Protestant Home for Unprotected Children opens Camp Cummings, a summer camp, for its residents and a group home for young men named Hughson House.

1975 The Protestant Home for Unprotected Children is renamed Longview Niagara. Meanwhile, Gateway launches its Community Services Foster Care Program in Rochester and Jamestown, New York.

1996 Gateway and Longview Niagara merge to become Gateway-Longview.

2019 Gateway Longview celebrate launch of new community program: Child and Family Treatment Support Services (CFTSS)


Gateway Longview cares for nearly 5,000 children and families annually from across Western New York through behavioral health and community-based services, residential treatment and special education programs. As a not-for-profit agency, Gateway Longview is committed to working together to protect, to give hope, and to enrich the lives of every child and family served.

Gateway Longview incorporates a solution-focused, trauma-informed care approach that has the ability to strengthen the knowledge, competencies, skill sets, and engagement as the organization works with individuals impacted by trauma. Gateway Longview ensures that all services are client driven with access to early screening and comprehensive assessments. Gateway Longview values workforce development, safe and secure environments, collaborative outreach, and partnership building. Gateway Longview recognizes that each child and family has unique skills and experiences that make them who they are.​

For more information about Gateway Longview, please visit


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