Gateway Shelter for Women and Men
Vernon, British Columbia

The John Howard Society began offering services to men and women in Okanagan in 1957. Originally based out of Kelowna the Society grew over the years, eventually providing services throughout the Okanagan, the Thompson region and the Kootneys. The shelter provides women emergency shelter in the downtown core area of Vernon for the absolute homeless who may be suffering from economic downturn illiteracy, addictions and/or mental health challenges.

Drop off Locations:
  • Centre for Community Collaboration John Howard Society of the North Okanagan Kootenay Region, 102 -3301 24th Avenue Vernon BC





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I am 21 years old. I have been in Vernon for 12 years and without a home for 3 months. I am a hard worker and have been unsuccessful in finding employment

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I have lived in Vernon since 2007. I have been homeless on and off since I was 12 years old. I am 49 years old now. I find it hard to ask for help, but at the same time I have never needed so much help. I am wanting to make a difference.

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I am 50 years old and I am a mother of adult children and have been married. I got caught up in a life style of drugs and alcohol. I have been without a home on and off for almost 4 years. I would like to get my own place and get back on my feet.

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I am 49 years old. I have lived in the Vernon area for 17 years and have been without a home for 3 months. I would like to give my Christmas wish to someone who would enjoy this wish as much as I would. I would like to see a smile on a little person or child.

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  • For everyone to be warm and stuffed with wonderful food. I would like for them to smile because their head is full of dreams.

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I am 38 years old. I recently moved to Vernon and have been homeless for a month. I have 7 years clean and I just graduated from the Academy of Learning. My two girls live out here in Vernon and we have been a part for 10 years. So I left my home in Surrey to come be with my girls. Once I find a place I will try to obtain a job as a, Administrative Assistant.

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  • I just want to have a family Christmas with me and my girls (Rebecca, 9 and Savannah, 6). I love electronics, perfume, makeup and hoodies (big hoodies as I am a bigger girl)

I am 30 years old. I have lived in the Vernon area for about 3 years and have been without a home for about the same amount of time. My wish is that I have goals and that they will be accomplished! ?

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  • A good deep/big backpack

I am 29 years old. I am from Alberta and I am 31 years old. I have been without a home for 3 months. I am dying for some snowboard pants because it is cold here.

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  • Snowboard pants and a couple of nice toques

I am 49 years old. I am a women who left bountiful and have come to be staying at gateway. I have been in Vernon for a year and without a home for a year. I am learning how to conduct myself. Bountiful is a place where you merry young and men have many wives. I was born there.

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  • I would really love some sweat pants ( Size L) and some sweet perfume. Katy Perry or Britney Spears sprays. Thank you.

I am 34 years old and have been without a home for 5 years. When I was 29 I developed a drug addiction after loosing all 4 of my children. I have been homeless and alone since I moved here 12 months ago. I have kicked a $400/day heroin habit, one day I will be complete again. I would like to be a CSW.

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  • I would really love to have a pair of one piece PJs with the hood (medium) and a warm plush blanket. Thank you

I am 52 years old. I have gone to college, have a certificate in Marketing and Management. I ahve had an abortion and spent a few years in and out of institutions after that. I had my skull operated on. For thirty years I have been on and off trying to improve my lifestyle. Being at Gateway has been a safe place for me. One day, when I’m feeling better, I would like to meet a man.

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  • I wish for 3 bottles of perfume and for my friends and family and everyone here a safe and happy holiday.

I am 50 years old. May it be known that for years I have struggled with grief issues especially at this time of year. I have a tendency to isolate especially at this time of year, because losing so many of my family members and close friends. I have passed on many invitations and Christmas functions to the point of not celebrating Christmas at all. Due to some unfortunate situations in my past I have said no thank you to all Christmas’s for the past five years.

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  • My Christmas wish is to have enough money to go out shopping with my two orphaned girls, their ages are now 20 and 24. I would love to take them shopping with enough cash in my pocket to buy then a couple of really special things

I am 45 years old. I’m a college educated female who has made some bad choices in life. I got involved in the drug world which led me to make very bad decisions and I ended up in jail many times. That has effected me in getting employment and housig. But, through the Grace of God I’m still alive and have faith I can succeed and have a successful life again.

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  • cell phone that is compatible with chatter

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  • nice running shoes size 10

  • perfume - marc jacobls daisy, calvin klein, euphoria (silver)