formerly Shelldale Better Beginnings Better Futures

Working Together for a Thriving Community

Shelldale Family Gateway excels as a charitable organization, built from a vision for a neighbourhood of healthy children, healthy families, and healthy communities. Our respectful and multicultural approach strives to meet the needs of a diverse community, offering programs and supports that improve lives, and have been transforming the neighbourhood for over twenty five years. Located in Guelph's Shelldale Centre, we provide an integrated service model through experienced staff and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, working closely with community partners. Shelldale Family Gateway is a provider of EarlyON Programs (for ages 0-6) serving Wellington County, as well as our specialized programs funded through grants and donations which address the unique needs of children, youth, and families in the Onward Willow neighbourhood.

About our Organization

We have evolved from a vision for a neighbourhood of healthy children, healthy families, and healthy communities. As part of a hub of social service agencies within the Shelldale Centre, we work from one integrated location; with a wide range of programs for every family member: infants, children, youth, adults, and seniors. Programs are multicultural, and community driven reflecting the ever-changing nature of the neighbourhood.

Programs We Offer

Shelldale Family Gateway offers dozens of programs throughout the year. Our 'Early On' programs funded through the County of Wellington serve ages 0 to 6. In addition, we provide a diverse range of 'non funded' programs for children, youth, and adults, made possible entirely through donations, grants, fundraising events, and endowments. Our programs are constantly evolving, so drop in and check on the latest in what is happening!

Ways to Help

Volunteering is a great way to contribute to community, meet people, and gain new skills and experiences. Our programs depend on support of volunteers to be successful. Those wishing to offer financial support can make one-time or monthly donations directly on line or at the centre. Anyone considering gifts in perpetuity can contribute to the Shelldale Family Gateway Endowment Fund, managed through the Guelph Community Foundation.


Find out how you can help us achieve our vision
to build a better world through building a better community.