Gateways was started by Kim Hale, a trial court investigator who walked into the juvenile holding cell in the basement of the Suffolk County Juvenile Court in downtown Boston and handed out books.
The guards scoffed at her
.But they changed their minds when the girls became quiet, then interested.Now based in Boca Raton, the program provides uplifting reading material to children in prison.Hale
started Gateways in 1998 and launched its Palm Beach County debut Aug. 19 at the Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center
by donating books.
"I think we need to give children from troubled homes as much of a fresh start as we can," she
, who is a Guardian Ad Litem, saw what I did and contacted me to see how Gateways could help."
"My goal is to start a library and speaker program in every juvenile prison in Florida," Hale
Gateways is not far removed from Hale's background.Now 46, she
was held in the Roslindale Detention Center
in Massachusetts for running away at 13.A licensed private investigator and president of Lord & Hale Investigations in Boca Raton, she earned a bachelor's degree in legal studies from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, a paralegal certificate and an associate's degree in human services. In Boston, Hale was a trial court investigator, primarily handling child abuse and neglect cases.When she moved to Florida in 2000, she spent another year as an investigator, specializing in adult and child protective cases.
focuses on her
private investigative work and building Gateways into a statewide program.
To donate paperbacks to Gateways, call Hale
at 561-361-1681 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.