Annie Hall

32 Years of Dedicated Service to Gateway!

Annie Hall came to Gateway in August 1979 with a friend who sought employment. While she was sitting and waiting for her friend to complete her application, Ms. Hall was approached by Gateway's receptionist and was asked to fill out an application as well, since the agency was in need of child care workers. Soon she was called for an interview, and the rest is history! Ms. Hall quickly became the Campus Group Home Supervisor and later, the Assistant Director of Child Care.  She received recognition for her work with the Optimist Club of Birmingham in a project to teach her young clients about community service and building character, lessons they were able to take with them into adulthood.

 As she continued her dedicated service to Gateway in 1996, she became the Adolescent Parenting Specialist for what would eventually become Gateway's Independent Living Program, where she taught parenting skillls to adolescent mothers and fathers. Next, Ms. Hall became the Youth Support Worker and continued to work with and help young people learn to live independently and become productive citizens in the community.

Ms. Hall says, "The 32 years at Gateway have really been rewarding to me, because I have touched the lives of so many young people, and I have truly enjoyed the years I have spent here."

10 comments (Add your own)

1. Tammy Young Howard wrote:
Thanks for your years of service here at Gateway. You have influenced many young people over the years. You will be missed!

Thu, September 8, 2011 @ 3:09 PM

2. Caroline A. Ross wrote:
Annie it has been great getting to know you and in your new endeavors I wish you many blessings. Please know that you have touch the lives of many young people over 32 years and because of you there life will never be the same.

Thu, September 8, 2011 @ 3:52 PM

3. Jackie Davis-Fowler wrote:
Dear Annie,

Thank you for 32 years of working with children and staff in the different jobs you have had at Gateway! I remember you working with cottage staff and later becoming campus supervisor. I remember you being so dedicated to whatever you were given to do. You did amazing work with Jim, John, Morrell, JoNell, Jean, Cathy, David and Caroline….a few of your supervisors in the various jobs you have held. From supervising and training staff, helping children find their families in the Family Reunification Team, or helping an older child to develop Independent Living Skills…you did it will a zeal. 

I appreciate you, Annie Hall and the mission driven work that you have done for us….and for the many children you have inspired and re-directed along the way.

The years have absolutely flown by! But know that you were the ‘change agent’ that we needed to make the Team work.

Enjoy your retirement, you deserve the very best!

Blessings, Jackie

Thu, September 8, 2011 @ 3:53 PM

4. Christopher Packer wrote:
Ms. Hall,
I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate you on having done a outstanding job throughout your career here at Gateway. You have made a difference in the lives of so many kids and staff thus making a difference in the community and impacting the world in a awesome way. I thank God for having the opportunity to have met you and the privilege of having worked with you. Enjoy your retirement and may the Lord continue to bless and keep you is my prayer.

Christopher Packer
Director of Child Care, Gateway

Thu, September 8, 2011 @ 3:53 PM

5. David Kilmer wrote:
Annie was here when I got here in 1984, and here when I left in 1992. She held many positions on campus and could always be counted on as the voice of reason when things began to bubble up.

Annie served as my guide in ILP as I returned to campus (after a 16 year absence) in 2007, to assume the directorships of that program and Psych Under 21. She was the “go-to” person for all things ILP. We rode together and did pop-up visits in the clients’ apartments, encountering all sorts of interesting situations, but through all of this, Annie never lost her composure. She remained matter-of-fact in discussing violations with clients, and miraculously survived her tenure in the program without a scratch. I am proud to have worked here twice during the “Hall years.”

David E. Kilmer, LCSW
Director Psych Under 21 Program

Thu, September 8, 2011 @ 4:17 PM

6. Kathleen Ross wrote:
Miss Annie -

You are the best! Whatever will we do without you?!! Have a wonderful retirement...well deserved!

Thu, September 8, 2011 @ 4:21 PM

7. Sonja George wrote:
32 years! That speaks volume. I don't recall ever meeting during my tenure of becoming a part of the Gateway family through the Violence Intervention program. I wish you well as I am happy to know that 32 years of a difference has been made at Gateway by you.

Your new "retirement" job should include the development of a program for someone like me who can ever dream of being at one job for 32 years. smile... May God reign his blessings upon you.

Mon, September 26, 2011 @ 12:30 PM

8. Vanessa Henry wrote:
WoW Annie!!!!!! I wish you well and know that I love you dearly!!!!!

Tue, December 20, 2011 @ 6:11 PM

9. Kgomotso wrote:
First of all, you are not a failure and loser your debt is just a siotauitn! it is not who you are. Yes, credit counseling can have a negative effect on your credit rating .. but probably not as bad as falling behind on your payments. Do what you need to do.You can certainly make a phone call and get some info on what they can do to help you, and take at least a few days to think about it before you commit to anything. Any company that wants you to commit to their plan immediately is NOT looking out for your best interest, they are looking to make money off you. A company looking out for your best interest is the company that wants you to be well informed and make your decision with confidence.Good luck

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