Shelldale Family Gateway excels as a non-profit, community benefit, charitable organization that aims to enrich the quality of life for everyone it serves. Our respectful and multicultural approach strives to meet the needs of our diverse community offering programs and supports for individuals and families in over 30 languages. We are centrally located within the Shelldale Centre at 20 Shelldale Crescent in Guelph, Ontario, a community hub for various services and organizations. We provide an integrated service model through experienced staff and hundreds of dedicated volunteers.

Shelldale Family Gateway is a provider of EarlyON programs (ages 0-6)  through the County of Wellington, as well as specialized services through grants and donations designed specifically to support  the unique needs of children, youth, and families in Guelph’s Onward Willow neighbourhood.

Shelldale Family Gateway has known a few names since its inception in 1991. We began as Onward Willow Better Beginnings, Better Futures (then referred to as Shelldale Better Beginnings, Better Futures). Today we are known as Shelldale Family Gateway.

Despite the changes in name, we maintain the core values and organizational goals that we began with over 25 years ago. We are built from a vision for a neighbourhood of healthy children, healthy families, and healthy communities. As one of future The Grove Hub locations in Guelph, we work from one integrated location where there is a wide range of programs for every family member: infants, children, youth and their families. Programs are multicultural, and community-driven reflecting the ever-changing nature of the neighbourhood.

The community and the demand for programs grew through the 1990s, but even with the expansion, Onward Willow Better Beginnings, Better Futures was limited in the programs it could offer at Family Gateway. Then in 1998, with the proposed closing of Shelldale Public School, came an opportunity for OWBBBF and many other service providers to better support the community. In December 2001, OWBBBF moved into the renovated Shelldale Centre where we currently offer programs and services alongside other agencies such as Family and Children’s Services, Guelph Community Health Centre, PlaySense, Lutherwood and Immigrant Services.

We provide a diverse range of programs for children and youth made possible entirely through donations, grants, fundraising events, and endowments.