our mission

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

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

It’s 2018 and women still make 83 cents (or less) to a white man’s dollar. The wage gap is real. It is systemic. And it is getting worse.

Despite claims otherwise, substantial research reveals that after controlling for race, region, unionization status, education, work experience, occupation, and industry 38 percent of the pay gap remains “unexplained” [1]. Our 30 years of experience and expertise suggests that discrimination is the “unexplained” factor.

The top 1% of Colorado’s earners capture 44% of all income generated. That’s a big problem for the people we serve.

A report from the Economic Policy Institute for the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) revealed that in 2015, Colorado ranked 20th in the country for income inequality and with the top 1 percent capturing 44 percent of all income growth in the last 45 years.

At The Gathering Place, we see this as a narrow snapshot into a larger problem of a city and state in the midst of a population and economic boom that has left countless families behind.

Just four years ago, Teri was pregnant and alone. She came to The Gathering Place is search of support, basic needs, and resources.

"It was such a low point in my life," she said, “I had no idea what to do.”

But she was able to find stability in her life. Fast-forward four years, and she was ready to buy her first home with her fiancé, Kyle, and four-year old daughter, Cassie. When she found Kimberly from Conscious Real Estate, she knew she had found a way to give back.

Many Thanks to the Kind Generosity of The Gathering Place Donors