To hear her describe it, Josephine Flores’ adult life has been defined by struggle. In recovery for the last 24 years, she bounced between shelters for months on end, dealt with modern hurdles such as identity theft and was forced to rebuild her life from the ground up as so many people experiencing homelessness in our community do.
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.
The city has opened several free COVID-19 testing sites. Check this list to see if there is one opening near you.
Breonna Taylor. Tony McDade. Atatiana Jefferson. Pamela Turner. Tanisha Anderson. These are just some of the countless Black women and transgender individuals who have died needlessly at the hands of police officers in our country. We honor and remember them, along with George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee, and the many other Black men who have been killed by police officers and vigilantes.
The Gathering Place is an essential business and will remain open to provide life-saving resources to Denver’s women, transgender individuals, and their children.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has cast a harsh light on inequality in our society. Recommendations like self-quarantining, washing hands, and staying home from work and school are just not possible for everyone we serve. Despite the outbreak, TGP is committed to continuing to serve these vulnerable people during this public health emergency by providing access to hygiene, food, and other critical resources to support the health and safety of this vulnerable population.
Eligible members can now apply for SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps, at The Gathering Place every Monday and Thursday.
We strongly believe that increasing Denver’s minimum wage is an important part of the solution to addressing poverty and homelessness in Denver. We also support this proposal because it promotes greater equity in our society, by more appropriately valuing the work of historically marginalized people, particularly women and people of color. We urge Denver City Council to approve the proposal to increase Denver’s minimum wage.
Over 40 million Americans, including over 13 million children, are living in poverty. That translates to nearly 30 million adults and nearly 13 million children lived in food-insecure households. Another 2 in 3 Americans will struggle to afford basic needs, even if they don’t qualify for federal benefit programs like SNAP. Food insecurity, or the inability to access quality, nutritious food, have devastating consequences at all stages of life.
“Our deep concern is that thousands of children are currently being subjected to practices that were determined to be inhumane decades ago,” says Leslie Foster, President of The Gathering Place, “That is not our community, that is not what we stand for.”
Although the policy has been rescinded by Executive Order, there is still no plan in place to reunite separated children with their parents. In addition, it appears that children are lost in the system, throughout the country. Currently, the government appears to be seeking court permission to put children and families into unlicensed situations.
For Leslie Foster and the employees of The Gathering Place, the initial policy, and now the aftermath, has one clear effect: re-traumatizing thousands of children.
The Board of Directors has selected Julia Stewart as the new President of The Gathering Place. Stewart will replace current President Leslie Foster, who announced her retirement earlier this year.
High School Equivalency intake testing starts Friday, May 31.
This Mother’s Day, please remember the women in Denver who are struggling to raise their children in poverty. In just Colorado, there are 370,000 women and children living in poverty. You can help.
We would like to encourage our community to vote in the upcoming Denver Municipal Election on May 7. For general information, please visit the League of Women Voters of Denver. On their website, they have arguments for and against some of the larger ballot measures.
Intake sessions for our High School Equivalency program start on Friday, April 26 and will continue on Monday, April 29 and Wednesday, May 1.
Over 13,000 transgender individuals serve in the United States Armed Forces, making the military the single largest employer of transgender individuals. This ban is devastating for individuals and families.
Leslie Foster, President and CEO of The Gathering Place, remembers former board member and Civil Rights pioneer Kathryn Sue Bates Gavin.
When the editor and publisher of an Alabama newspaper called on the KKK to “ride again”, he faced immediate backlash from the community and state leadership. Now, he’s being replaced… by a black woman.
The Washington Post reports: “The 12-year-old gave her name and phone number and mentioned that she was a member of the media. She said [Joseph Patterson] told her, ‘I don’t want to hear about any of that freedom-of-the-press stuff’ and added that he would have her arrested and thrown in juvenile jail.” So she started recording.
Smartphone location tracking has come under scrutiny before, but a new app exploits that data. Now, Google and Apple are under pressure to intervene.
What happens when an entire world is designed off of one set of data? Inequity. And it happens in ways you wouldn’t expect.
A series of studies have found that gender stereotypes may have a damaging effect on how adults—and even doctors—perceive pain felt by women.
Two years ago, the Navy’s elite special warfare operated billets opened enrollment to women. Now, the first female candidates are stepping up to the challenge.