For #GivingTuesday 2020 our goal is to raise the urgent funding needed to support our Youth and Community Programs, which includes our Breakfast Club, Afterschool and Teen Programs.

For almost 30 years Shelldale Family Gateway has provided quality programs for children and youth and their families.  Especially now, during COVID-19 our children and youth are at an increasing risk for poor mental health.  Shelldale Family Gateway has demonstrated that the best way to help our children and youth have good long-term outcomes is by collaborating with the community and supporting the entire family – children, youth, adults and seniors – rather than just focusing on the child.

The Shelldale Family Gateway neighbourhood is known for its feeling of community, where neighbours know one another and work together on various initiatives.  There are many volunteers, community and community leaders who invest their time in building a strong community where children and families thrive.

However, this neighbourhood is also characterized by high density housing; the largest number of social housing units in the City; a large newcomer population; a significant number of single parent led families; and, the lowest incomes on average in the City.  Research shows that these kinds of socio-economic indicators can negatively impact on children’s wellbeing.  Shelldale Family Gateway provides a place to help mitigate these impacts through enriching opportunities for children and families, effective and accessible services, and strong community leadership.

As happens with so many not-for-profit organizations, sustainability of programs is always the number one concern.  COVID-19 has affected our ability to host fundraising events and grants that we are successful at obtaining only cover a portion of program costs, and only on a program-to-program basis. Our Youth and Community Programs do not receive government funding, so the funding is entirely up to us!



Take a look at what we have been doing to make our programs work

and continue to support our community during COVID.

If you would like more information about our programs or how you can help support the children, youth and families of Shelldale Family Gateway, please complete the form below.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Grocery Gift Cards to support Program nutrition and families in need


Become a "Friend of Shelldale Family Gateway" with a monthly donation! Receive our quarterly newsletter to keep up to date on how your donation is supporting the children and youth of our community.


Afterschool program for one child or youth for a month


A nutritious breakfast for one child or youth at our Grab & Sit Down Breakfast Club. For some it is the only nutritious meal of the day!


Discovery Bag for 5 children/youth that are not able to attend program due to COVID and the number restrictions


Craft and program supplies