our mission

"The Gathering Place is the kind of place that will restore your hope in people." -- Leslie Foster, President

Founded in 1986, The Gathering Place is the only daytime drop-in center in metropolitan Denver that serves women, their children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty, many of whom are also experiencing homelessness. While we refer to those we serve as "members", no fees are ever charged for programs or services.

We believe deeply in the power of our community and continually work to make it stronger. Our key values include recognizing individual strengths, building respect and trust, and offering unconditional acceptance. 

Latest from The Gathering Place

Melany Deem, our Jobs and Education program manager, is also the co-chair of the HIREDenver team. In collaboration with HIREDenver, she is hosting the following workshop on February 15 from 9:30 - 11:30 am at the Hilton Garden Inn Denver in Cherry Creek (600 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80246). 

We realize that this period has led to immense uncertainty for furloughed federal workers and their families, as well as families dependent on benefits like SNAP. The Gathering Place, however, is a place of certainty; we would like to extend that to all women and transgender individuals affected by the federal government shutdown. We serve three meals a day and have a food pantry that our members can access.

Just 19 years old and new to Denver, Corazon sold the watch her father gave her so she could pay her rent. In those early days, she said, “I would eat a single slice of bread and drink many glasses of water until I could pay for food again.”

Corazon, now 77, is one of the 2.9 million US women and 35,000 Colorado women over the age of 65 who are experiencing poverty. Women are more likely to live in poverty at every stage of their life, and a woman’s longer life expectancy means the lower wages and financial hits they took throughout their life must be stretched further, but a dollar can only stretch so far. It is clear: as the Baby Boomer generation ages into retirement, women are aging into poverty.

Many Thanks to the Kind Generosity of The Gathering Place Donors