Gateway & Front Room
Surrey, British Columbia

Gateway Shelter, comprised of 40-beds, is a barrier-free homeless shelter open 365 days a year, for men and women over the age of 19.
Clients who do not qualify for the housing program are still able to access shelter beds through the temporary winter shelter or through Gateway Shelter on a night to night basis. Supervised by staff during rest times, it offers separate women's and men’s sleeping areas with washrooms. Lockable storage and coat racks are available for use. Guests are allowed to leave at any time during the night.
The shelter is attached to the Front Room Resource Centre, where individuals can access showers, laundry facilities, hygiene products, coffee, individualized case planning, community referrals and a diverse array of services. Individuals staying at the Gateway Shelter are offered three meals daily through the Bread4Life Program.

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Drop off Locations:
  • Front Room, 10667 135A St, Surrey , Prefered time for Drop off is 7am to 3 pm Monday to Friday. Ask for Irvine. Please make sure the gift is labeled with first name and last initial/assigned id - with a description of the gift on the back of the gift tag, separate from any personal letters or notes you wish to include.

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I am from India. I have mostly worked as a taxi driver, but I've also done journalism, writing in paper, artwork, volunteering and helping.
I'm happy to meet good people, seeing them in cool mood.
I pray that everyone has a residence and food.
I hope to find a good partner and reconnect with my kids to have a life to live.

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I am originally from the okanoghan, I first became homeless 3 or 4 years ago. It have been really tough.
I used to do roofing, construction and other labor jobs. Roofing has actually caused me the most difficulties in my life. I don't like to go into too much detail. But I have been struggling to find a place to live.

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I'm homeless in Surrey and I'd really like to get back to Montreal Quebec.

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I'm originally from Toronto, The first time I was homeless I was depressed, and helpless. I got kicked out of my family home.
I've worked in sales as a manager and in the printing buisiness.
My biggest issues in life are due to my criminal record, and depression.
Nothing makes me happy anymore.
If I could have anything I would buy a nice home and stay home.
Pray for happiness.

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I'm originally from Vancouver.
I have worked as a hairdresser before.
My biggest struggle comes from lack of education.
Children make me happy.
If I could do anything I'd go back to school.
Pray for family guidance.

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My difficulties in life were caused by being deported from the US with nothing but the clothes on my back. I had nothing and no where to go.

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Sylvester has been homeless for years and wishes he could find work.

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I'm really thankful to have the Front room to come to.

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I am from Punjab, I have worked as a tree planter and enjoyed that.
I like to watch TV.
Pray that I get better.

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I'm originally from Toronto. I became homeless after I was laidoff and couldn't afford rent.
Getting transportation to appointments is very difficult for me.

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I've been homeless for 2 months and I just want to find a home.
I miss my Kids.

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I'm from Toronto. I was 15 when my Mother threw me out and I became homeless for the first time.
I've mostly worked in sales.
Life is hard fo rme not knowing my kids. My difficulties come from my drinking. Nothing seems to make me happy anymore.

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I was born in REgina.
The first time I had to sleep out it was scary.
I've done alot of jobs, labourer, security, painting.
I'm happy when I get to spend time with my son. and being with all my friends

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I am from India, I've been homeless for 4 months I need a place to rent and a job.

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I'm thankful to have the front room to come to.
I need to find a place to live.

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They call me Grampa.
I'm to embarrassed to tell you how bad it is for me being homeless.

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I need help with housing, ID and getting to see my doctor.
It's really hard when you loose everything.

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It's too hard to talk about how I got here. I come to the front room in Surrey to survive.

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I'm from Montreal. I first became when my Landlady sold her house. She did not tell the new owner we payed our rent and all got thrown out in the cold.
I've been an electric bike mechanic.
Most of my difficulties are with dishonest owners. I struggle to find a warm place to live.

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I was born in Edmonton, Alberta. Sleeping outside was terrible.
I'm a carpenter and I did a lot of building form work.
I struggle with my mental health but my biggest difficulties are mostly from my physical problems.
I'm happy because my health at this time is good.
Pray that my boys are provided for, Sam, Isaac and Josh.

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I'm from Calgary,
I've mostly worked in retail but also in recovery.
My difficulties in life come from my addiction.
My daughter makes me happy.
If I could do anything I'd go back to school.
Pray for a recovery path.

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I'm from Victoria BC
I had terrible anxiety the first time i was homeless.
I've worked in roofing.
My difficulties come from an upbringing that was disfuntional.
My daughter makes me happy.
I'd really like to get an education.
Pray that I continue on the right path.

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I am from India. the first time I had to sleep outside I was so cold, a corrupt landlord had forced me out I was 55 and out on the street.
For over 25 years I've worked in construction. I've also done manufacturing, and after so many years inconstruction I went back to school and now I am a certified Health Care Aide. I would like to go back and do more schooling.
I find it hard to live in this age, I see immoarl people and it is hard to deal with.
I'm happy when I'm working, when I have good food, security, a sense of well-being, physically mentally and spiritually.
If I had unlimited resources, I would bring water to a rural villages in Africa which will eradicate 80% of the diseases.
Pray for Peace and well being.

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I was born in Alert By, BC. The first night I spent outside I did not get a bed so I did not sleep. Me and my girlfriend broke up and she asked me to leave.
Mostly I have worked in cabinetry, I was a supervisor and manager in a warehouse as well. I also have forklift experience.
My biggest difficulty is my anger and my struggle to control it. I'm very unhappy and nothing seems to make me happy anymore.
If I had unlimited resources I would buy a Castle in the highlands of Scotland.

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I'm from Toronto. I was 27 years old the first time I slept out. I was cold and it was scary.
I was an automotive machinist machining.
The hardest part of my life was losing my son, My troubles come from Drugs.
If I had unlimited resources I would open my own machine shop.
I wish I could reconnect with my Son Joseph I think he lives in Toronto.

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I'm originally from Vancouver.
I've done light labour jobs until I was injured at work and with the economy I haven't been able to find work.
If I could do anything I would spend time with my girlfriend, friends and family.
Pray for less homlessness.
If I were in charge of alocating funds for homeless I would fund bigger homeless shelters becuase it's needed.

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I'm really struggling in life. I come to Lookout's Front room for help.
I like pizza

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I don't have anyone in my life.
I need to find a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment that I can afford.

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  • 3 zone bus tickets

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  • gift card for food / groceries

  • warm footwear ladies size 7

I'm from Campbell River.
I was first homeless at 13 years of age, but I didn't care because it was better then home.

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  • warm winter jacket women medium

  • Tights/ leggings black, medium red or green also good

  • phone card telus, or 3 zone bus tickets

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I am from Winnipeg. I am an Ojibway and Cree man. but lived in a residential school. I have PTSD which you must know that I am.
I never had a Christmas with my girls and one of them wants me to come for Christmas. It makes me feel like I am still a father it's nice.
My biggest struggle is trying to find a place to live. Someplace I could bring my grandson. I want a place to play with him, I want to feel life again. I want off this street.

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I think my injuries most contributed to my difficulties in that They have stopped me from seeking and maintaining gainful employment and has led to my addiction to opiates to control my pain.
The hardest part of my life has been maintaining a home for myself.
Since I do not have a safe place to live and store my important things, they get stolen often and I have to re-acquire them. Just this process takes up most of my time and energy and resources. It's a vicious circle. one step forward and two steps back.

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I'm homeless and have no one to ask for help.

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