our mission

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. 

  • Member Visits


  • Meals Served


  • Medical Screenings


  • Volunteer Hours


Latest from The Gathering Place

We're hosting a pop-up shop on Friday, October 13 at the John Fluevog store on Larimer Street! Swing by between 5 and 9 p.m. to browse Art Restart's holiday card collection alongside your favorite Denver shoes.

I found a butterfly's wing today
just one piece of it
And wondered how the butterfly could possibly fly
I held the tiny torn wing in my hand
And searched for the butterfly

In 1986, when two University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work students founded The Gathering Place on what basically amounted to a wing and a prayer, they knew they were helping to meet a critical need for homeless women.

Overnight shelters would send everyone on their way every morning, a situation that is less than ideal for women, especially those with children.

Many Thanks to the Kind Generosity of The Gathering Place Donors