Welcome to the Gateway Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America
Paralyzed Veterans of America is a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946. We have developed unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members--honorably discharged veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.
Gateway is one of 33 Chapters of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). Our local Chapter was chartered in the State of Missouri in October 1976. We are an accredited charity member of the Better Business Bureau, meeting all 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability, and have received their designation as an Honor Roll Charity. We are also a Guidestar Platinum Level Participant. Out of the 33 Chapters of PVA, we have been awarded the “Most Outstanding Chapter” for 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. Our 2018 fiscal year audit shows that out of every dollar we spent, $.90 went to programs for members. A program expense ratio of at least 65% is required for BBB approval. We are governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of fourteen (14) veteran members of our organization. We pride ourselves on being responsible stewards of the funds we receive, and appreciate your interest in our organization.
Click on the programs tab of this website to see the many programs and services that we offer to Gateway members. Beginning in 2013 we began offering $10,000 home accessibility grants to members to make accessibility renovations to their homes. In 2015 we started providing $5,500 grants to members who need assistance in purchasing a portable generator or full service home generator. In 2014 we began and continue today, purchasing used accessible vehicles for members, providing $10,000 grants to assist in upgrading or repairing member owned vehicles, and providing $35,000 grants to assist members in purchasing an accessible vehicle. We have also continued to provide monthly catered luncheons at the Jefferson Barracks Spinal Cord Unit, and funding members to attend events like the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and the Winter Sports Clinic in Colorado.
A financial snapshot of the Gateway Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America is available by becoming a member of Guidestar at the Guidestar link shown below. View our Annual Report by clicking on the following link (GPVA FY18 Annual Report), our Form 990 by clicking on the following link (GPVA Form 990), our Form 990T by clicking on the following link (GPVA Form 990T), or find out more information about us by clicking on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) icon below. Another source of information about our Chapter is our newsletters; back issues (from 2006 and forward) can be found on our website. Please contact us with any questions about our programs and services, or to learn about volunteer opportunities to help us continue providing the service and assistance our members have earned.