OUR RESPONSE - OFFERING HELP & HOPE

OUR MISSION to help meet the spiritual and material needs of our neighbors affected by the flood. During this unprecedented flood, these needs are immense. 


OUR FLOOD RESPONSE STRATEGY is to connect material needs to our "Emergency Response Mobilizers" who connect our incredible volunteers to the needs on the ground. We have four "arms" of care:

  1. Farm/House Emergency Response - Mobilizing volunteers to assist in the meeting the needs of those affected by the floods.
  2. Lodging - Connecting displaced individuals and families to our list of available homes for short-to-mid-term lodging.
  3. Meals - Making frozen and fresh meals and delivering them to displaced families and workers on the front lines.
  4. Donation Centre - Working in partnership with Archway Community Food Bank with distributing food, clothing, toiletries, personal hygiene products, and more to families in need. 

WANT TO HELP? Take a look at the various ways you can join us in meeting the needs of our community at this time.


Find our Flood Response Team Flow Chart here:

FLOOD RESPONSE TEAM

WANT TO SERVE?

The people of our community have needs and we want to put people in the best position to use their gifts, talents, and abilities to bless others. Whether that be manual labor, assisting in the donation center, making meals, offering a home, making calls, etc, there's likely a place where we can help put you to work.


CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR NAME TO A VOLUNTEER LIST


IMMEDIATE Financial support

If you would like to make a financial contribution through Gateway Community Church
to Abbotsford Disaster Relief, providing shelter, food, clothing, and resources to families
in need, please visit the link below.
From there, click on the link and
make sure your donation is given to the "Benevolence Fund."


CLICK HERE


LONG TERM ABBOTSFORD

FLOOD RELIEF FUND

Christian Stewardship Services is honoured to partner with Gateway Community Church in Abbotsford to establish the Abbotsford Flood Relief Fund. This fund is to meet the long-term material needs and to alleviate costs due to the floods in the Sumas Prairie and surrounding areas.


THE NEED - On November 23rd, a local bank in Abbotsford estimated that the economic cost of the flood will be in excess of $7.5 Billion dollars, which would be the most expensive catastrophe in Canadian history. 


THE TIMEFRAME - This fund will be used after charitable organizations are gone, and after we see "the gaps" in terms of financial support. 


THE STRATEGY - While under the non-profit tax code of Gateway Community Church, an independent committee of 8-10 members will be established to oversee the disbursement of funds to farmers and families in need during the rebuild efforts. 


HOW TO GIVE - We are accepting donations by:


1. By Cheque – Send your cheque to: 

Christian Stewardship Services

Attention: Abbotsford Flood Relief Fund

208-500 Alden Road,

Markham, ON

L3R 5H5


2. By EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) - You can also make larger donations by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), please contact CSS at 800.267.8890 ext. 220 to make the arrangements. 


Note: If you have a MemberNET account with CSS, you can also make donations directly from your MemberNET account – process the gift as follows, charity: Christian Stewardship Services, Designation: Abbotsford Flood Relief Fund.


CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINE


DONATION CENTER

Gateway has partnered with Archway Community Food Bank to meet material needs in our community. 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE THIS RESOURCE:

Our Donation Center is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm at 2884 Gladys Avenue (Gateway Church Multipurpose Room). No need to register. Just come on down.


IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION:

If you have non-perishable food items, blankets, toys and games for children and youth that you are willing to donate, please contact Eric Boucher at (604) 226-5928 at to arrange a time to drop off items at Gateway. Drop off hours are 9am-5pm.


Also, please take a look at our ad below to see what we need right now. 

SPREAD THE WORD

To the left is a document that you can download and pass on to your family, friends neighbours etc. It provides a summary of ways that individuals can support those affected by the tragic events of the past number of days.


If you have any questions please direct them to justin@gatewaycrc.org


Also, if you'd like to stay up-to-the-minute on needs, please check out our FACEBOOK PAGE.

OFFERING HOPE

While we will always strive to meet material needs, we also cling to the hope that we have in Jesus in the midst of this dark hour. If you, or someone you know, is searching for hope, please consider watching this message given on Sunday, November 21st (the Sunday after the flood). 


Also if you need someone to talk to or pray with, please contact the church at office@gatewaycrc.org who will get you in contact with one of our pastors. 

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TELLING THE STORY

Eventually we will provide links to interviews and stories from our community in the relief effort.


Want to share a story? Use THIS email to send an image with a brief (20-50 words) description. We will start posting them here for all to see.