Gateway group home coming to James City County

JAMES CITY - Another group home is coming to the Historic Triangle alongside the home near Walsingham Academy. This time in James City County.

Gateway Homes of Greater Richmond has established a group home at 4933 Westmoreland Drive, according to David Coe, executive director of Colonial Behavioral Health. Colonial Behavioral Health is a health organization that serves individuals struggling with mental illness and intellectual disability in the Williamsburg area.

Potential residents are screened for aggressive behavior as part of an application process, according to Lynda Hyatt, clinical and executive director of Gateway Homes. The organization provides transitional residential programming for adults with mental illness. 

As a company policy, Gateway Homes doesn't admit people who have committed sexual offenses. Potential residents are in the community on a daily basis and some already hold jobs, Hyatt added.

The Westmoreland home is operationally similar to another Gateway group home at 101 Woodmere Drive in the city, which has attracted controversy due to its proximity to Walsingham Academy and what some say has been a site selection process that lacked community involvement. The two homes were part of the same contract process, Coe said.

The Woodmere home can house up to eight residents and is staffed 24/7 by two supervisors, according to Hyatt.

Gateway will hold open houses at both locations 1-3 p.m. on Friday.

Jacobs can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007.

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