The John Howard Society is a community-based organization comprising of, and govererned by individuals whose goal is to understand and respond to crime and its consequences.


JHSNOK operates two facilities in the Vernon area: Gateway Men’s and Women’s Emergency Shelter (high barrier) and Howard House (low barrier) with emergency shelter beds, transition beds and A & D supportive recovery program beds.

Gateway Shelter

gateway 001The shelter provides men & women emergency shelter in the downtown core area of Vernon to the absolute homeless who may be suffering from economic downturn, illiteracy, addictions or mental health challenges. We supply accomodations for 13 men and 15 women.

Our commitment is to:

  • Safe, Clean Accommodation
  • Individual Support and Assistance
  • Respectful and Helpful Service
  • Printable brochure available – Gateway Shelter Brochure

Howard House – Men’s Shelter

Howard House 094The Howard House Men’s Shelter provides 24 emergency shelters beds, 18 transitional beds and 9 beds for our supportive recovery program.

Howard House Brochure

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors welcomes you to our new web site. We hope that you will find it useful and informative. If you have any suggestions or questions we would be more than happy to hear from you. E-mail:


Greg Adams

Val Harrison
Vice President

Clair Hayward

Phyllis Simon

Colin Hales

Ron Plett

John Simon

Trevor Koenig

Marty Browne

Blair Peden
Past Presiden

Our Staff

Barbara Levesque
Executive Director

Franco Marolla
Director of Operations

Kelly Fehr
Manager of Shelter Services

Betty Lee Moore
Financial Controller

Leanne Oberg
Executive Assistant

Randel Erbacker
Addictions Case Manager

Steve Soglo
Shelter Case Manager

Shelley Hill
Transitional & Housing Outreach Co-ordinator

Neil Thompson
Gateway Men’s Case Manager

Colleen Nerbus
Gateway Women’s Case Manager

Penny Clayton
WorkBC Employment Counsellor

Alison Houweling
Employment & Life Skills Co-ordinator

Robin Gerling
WorkBC Resource Room Co-ordinator