Welcome to Gateway's

Extreme weather shelter

Our aim is to provide a safe, warm place for our guests during the coldest nights of the year. 

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.

    When is the Shelter open?

    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.

    What about drugs etc?

    Gateway's Extreme Weather Shelter is a high barrier shelter meaning that 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. 

    Can guests smoke on the property?

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

    Is the Shelter co-ed?

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

    Can I make a donation the Extreme Weather Shelter? 

    Yes. Use the donate button below to make a tax-deductible donation to the on going work of the Extreme Weather Shelter. 


  • Address:

    Gateway Community Church

    2884 Gladys Avenue

    Abbotsford, BC  V2S 3Y2


    604.859.5908 ext. *204