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Located at 64 Albany Street in Oshawa, ON, the Gate is a drop-in shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness. We strive to show God’s love to a broken world by creating a Christian atmosphere of friendship and understanding. Many come simply for a breath of hope, encouragement, and a listening ear.
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Open Monday to Friday, we provide freshly cooked breakfast and lunch meals every weekday as well as other basic necessities such as clothing, showers, and hygiene products. Clients also have access to:
– Laundry services
– Phone and computer
– Help filling out paperwork
– Church services
– COVID-19 PPE
– Emergency bus fares
– Food pantry items
– Bible Studies
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A medical doctor visits the Gate each week to provide basic health care. This can include general check-ups, writing prescriptions, advising blood tests, and giving vaccinations. Clients also have access to a(n):
– Dentist for emergency dental care
– Foot care specialist for basic and diabetic foot care
– Addiction rehabilitation program
Take A Quick
Tour of Our Facility
When you first walk in the door at the Gate you will find our welcome desk with free dinner tickets to those who can make it to St. Vincent’s kitchen for dinner. Here there is also all the information that you need about our services mentioned above.
To the right you’ll see the counter where our patrons can come pick up their breakfast and lunch meals. Many appreciate the welcoming atmosphere and enjoy the meals here, but we also provide bag lunches for those in a hurry or those who have part time jobs.
Behind the counter is our kitchen where our volunteers work tirelessly to provide hearty, healthy meals from scratch every day. We often receive many compliments on our food by our patrons!
Returning to our main seating area, you’ll find individuals enjoying the warmth, friendship, or a hot cup of coffee…
…or those who simply need some rest. People have shared that the Gate is a peaceful and safe place for them to come. They often lack this in some of the rooming houses where they live.
As you continue to the back, you’ll find the offices for our staff and volunteers, including a room for clients to privately speak with a counsellor. You might even run into a friendly face, like our administration manager Alan!
Finally, our storage area for donations, our laundry services, as well as the room where clients meet with the doctor are located in the basement. We are extremely grateful for all of the generous donations that fill up our storage area.
Thank you for touring our facility! If you’d like to learn more about our organization, check out our Who We Are page.