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Help us prevent homelessness and feed our community through our food Pantry.

Many families are one paycheck away from experiencing homelessness. It only takes the loss of a job, an injury, prolonged illness, unexpected expenses or a fire, to create an economic downturn for a family barely “getting by.” Most families experiencing these circumstances, within a few months, will go through hunger, experience an eviction or foreclosure and are at risk of being homeless.

Gateway Community Outreach steps in to provide the assistance needed, to prevent homelessness and restore self-sufficiency.

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About us

To safeguard and protect our most vulnerable community members form homelessness, by providing food, housing assistance, referrals and intensive case management to those in need of emergency aid.

What we can do for you


One of the most critical components of our services is the provision of food, either weekly or bi-weekly, to those who are hungry.

Rent/Mortgage Assistance

We offer rental and mortgage assistance to those experiencing an economical crisis in Broward County.


We accept all clothing donations. Donated clothes are distributed through our Broward and Palm Beach County satellite locations.

Water Bill Assistance

If your water has been disconnected or you are a month behind in Broward County we can help.

Festival of the Flutes

April 26th, 2018

The Festival of the Flutes 2018 “A Night of One Love and Giving” happens on the 23rd Birthday of Gateway Community Outreach on Thursday Night, April 26th, 2018. Come enjoy a wonderful night of food. fun and giving…

  • Wine Tasting, Craft Beers & Exotic Spirits
  • Great Cuisine from Top Local Restaurants
  • Silent Auction & Raffles
  • Music, Dancing & Entertainment

For more information about the event, Gateway Community Outreach and to purchase tickets, please visit the website at www.FestivalOfTheFlutes.org


58th Annual Big I Golf Tournament and Luncheon

April 5th, 2018

The Independent Insurance Agents of Broward County will hold the 58th annual charity golf tournament on Thursday, April 5th at Weston Hills Country Club.  The Big “I” day event draws more than 100 participants playing for great prizes including a million dollar shootout for a hole in one.  The event benefits two local charities.

  • Gateway Community Outreach, which provides food, housing assistance and helps members reach self-sufficiency
  • Unicorn Children’s Foundation, which is dedicated to helping all children with communication and learning disorders

The Independent Insurance Agents of Broward County (IIABC) was founded in 1938 for the purpose of serving insurance agencies, carriers and vendors in Broward County. As one of the oldest insurance associations in Florida, our members employ over 3,000 employees in Broward County. Our mission is to provide education, promote professionalism in the industry and promote goodwill through participating in community events.

For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, please visit the IIABC website at: www.iiabcbigiday.com

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Join us in our efforts to prevent homelessness and feed the community

Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Phase 35 Grant Application

March 19 – March 29, 2018

Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Phase 35 Grant Application

Broward County is expected to receive funding under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. The United States Congress, through the Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, which provides monies for this program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local governmental or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must:

1)  Be a private voluntary non-profit or unit of government

2)  Be eligible to receive Federal funds

3) Have an accounting system

4) Practice nondiscrimination

5) Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter   programs

6) If a private voluntary organization, must have a voluntary board

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

The local priorities for this year are: Rent and Mortgage, Food, and Shelter.

Applications may be downloaded beginning Monday, March 19, 2018 to Thursday, March 29, 2018 from the Gateway Community Outreach website at www.gcoflorida.org (Please note that the application cannot be filled out online, but ONLY downloaded from the website).

Applications will be available for pick-up at Gateway Community Outreach, 291 SE 1st Terrace, Deerfield Beach 33441 between the hours of 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Friday, beginning Monday, March 19, 2018 to Thursday, March 29, 2018.

The completed application with attachments must be received, no later than 4:00 pm Monday, April  2, 2018 at Gateway Community Outreach, 291 SE 1st Terrace, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. No emails or faxes will be accepted. You may call 954-725-8434 for directions.


**LATE applications will NOT be accepted after this date and time**

Further information may be obtained by contacting Carol A. Ray, Chairman, of the Broward County EFSP Board at 954-725-8434.

Networking For A Cause Partners

On October 28, 2017, Gateway Community Outreach Founder, President & CEO, Carol Ray was recognized for her efforts in guiding Gateway Community Outreach and serving those in the community who are suffering for over 22 years.

She received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award during the Broward National Recovery Month ceremony. In her acceptance speech she said, “It is an honor to be presented with this Lifetime Achievement Award.” She added that “Share your testimony, Share your recovery and Share your victory. We all are recovering from something.”

Gateway Community Outreach has a special way of reaching out to our neediest clients during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season. For Thanksgiving we give our pre-selected families a turkey, with all the fixings which includes fresh produce, breads, pastries and non perishable items. During our Christmas distribution day , pre-selected families will receive a turkey with all the fixings as well as toys for  their children, gift wrap and tape.

We named our program Special Touch, because we strive to make Holidays bright with “Special Attention” in how we serve our people. On the days of the event we make our giving festive. We desire to have our families receive a “Hands Up” instead of a “Hand Out”. Lots of care and consideration is given in what food items we place in their holiday food baskets and  in their gifts and toys. Each year we really count on our community to help us help others.

It is our hope with companies and individuals such as you, that we will be able to make this a very happy season for our families in need.

You should also know…

Gateway Community Outreach has been providing services in Broward County for over twenty-one years. We have helped over 760,000 individuals.

GCO provides solutions to prevent homelessness, especially to those families with children who are trying to recover from an economic downturn, a job loss, an unexpected emergency, or illness and loss in the family.

Our success utilizes a case management system, consisting of a 90-day plan to connect clients with services and referrals (e.g.) food, bus passes, baby needs, gift cards for clothing, rent/mortgage and water bill assistance.

In addition to food distribution and direct services, GCO collaborates with 80 other agencies that provide a full spectrum of community services to meet additional and long-term needs.

Other partners are local churches in Broward County and one in Palm Beach County which donate space. Six of our sites are located in low-income neighborhoods to allow clients easy access to our services.

Get Involved Now!

How do you solve the problem?
Become a part of the solution!

Your tax-deductible contributions will have a tangible and meaningful impact in our community. Because Gateway Community Outreach responds to the specific needs of  preventing homelessness, our programs are both efficient and cost-effective. We also keep our administrative costs low so more of your donated dollars reach the families and individuals we serve.

Give a Tax Deductible Gift Save a Family or Individual from homelessness