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"The Gathering Place is the kind of place that will restore your hope in people."  - Leslie Foster, Former President (1990-2019)

Founded in 1986, The Gathering Place is the only daytime drop-in center in metropolitan Denver that serves women, transgender individuals, and their children 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

After long and thoughtful consideration, The Board and the Executive Team of The Gathering Place have concluded that it is time to discontinue our social enterprise, Art Restart, and The Card Project. 

The current administration's rollback of the Affordable Care Act rulings that protected transgender persons from health care discrimination is cruel and inhumane. At The Gathering Place, we assert that health care is a human right and should never be held hostage to political ideology.

Right now, our services are more necessary than ever. Unemployment has spiked to over 12% in Denver alone; additionally, it is estimated that nearly half of all people making less than $40,000 are unemployed. Food insecurity was a crisis before COVID-19; rising unemployment means it will only get worse. In addition, the population we serve is at the greatest risk of contracting and dying from COVID-19. The Gathering Place is working to connect individuals who potentially have COVID-19 to life-saving resources. 

This Wishlist Wednesday, you can help in one of three ways.