“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels”
"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.
What time does the shelter open at night?
The Extreme Weather Shelter opens at 8:00 pm and closes again at 8:00 am. Tuesday only: 9:00 pm - 8:00 am.
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.
Gateway Community Church
2884 Gladys Avenue
Abbotsford, BC V2S 3Y2
604.859.5908 ext. *204