“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels” 

(Hebrews 13:2, NKJV). 

"We are sent to the margins NOT to make a difference but so that the folks on the margin will make us different." 

Gregory Boyle (Barking To The Choir)

From November 1 to March 31 Gateway Community Church hosts the Extreme Weather Shelter for the city of Abbotsford. In partnership with BC Housing, we are able to accommodate 30+ beds each night the shelter is open.  

As guests arrive, they receive a warm and friendly welcome by our wonderful volunteers and staff.  Each guess will go through a 'welcoming process' and be given a sleeping bag and pillow.  Once the guest settles in there is hot soup, fresh buns and coffee to enjoy. 

When the morning comes, each guest cleans up their sleeping bag and pillow, 

fresh coffee is ready and a bag breakfast to go. 

  • The shelter is open when the temperature is 0 degrees or below during the night, any type of winter weather warning or snow on the ground. 

    Wed - Mon: 8:00 pm - 8:00 am

    Tuesday: 9:00 pm - 8:00 am

  • Gateway's Extreme Weather Shelter is a high barrier shelter meaning there is no drug use on the property. If it is established that a guest is using drugs on the property they must adhere to the consequences laid out and clearly stated.  All that to say, we do our very best but there are occasions we're we do deal with overdoses etc. 

  • Yes, we have a designated covered smoking area on the property. 

  • Yes, we have a men's section and a women's section.

  • Yes. Use the donate button below to make a tax-deductible donation to the on going work of the Extreme Weather Shelter. Thank you very much! 


  • Shelter Address


    Gateway Community Church

    2884 Gladys Avenue

    Abbotsford, BC  V2S 3Y2

Contact Information

  • Shelter or guest information

    Laura Nicole, EWS Team Coordinator


    604 997 4541

  • To Donate meals or volunteer

    Harriet Noot, Scheduling Coordinator


    604 751 4114

  • Gateway/Shelter Inforamtion

    Pastor Marcel deRegt