The Gathering Place
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About Us

The Gathering Place (TGP) was founded more than thirty years ago in Denver. Located not far from downtown, TGP is the only metro area resource center specifically serving women, children, and transgender individuals who – whether housed or not – are experiencing persistent poverty. We refer to those we serve as “members” and our generous donors ensure that they have access to TGP services and programs for free. Always.

Our members face a mix of challenges that can make it nearly impossible to meet vital survival needs, let alone find economic stability. Hunger. Safety. Unreliable transportation. No childcare. Mental and physical health issues. Living in shelter. Trauma. Often, a member faces more than one of these issues at any given time and sometimes chronically. Therefore, TGP’s comprehensive services and programs are offered during the day (when shelters are closed), utilize trauma-informed care practices, have essentially no barriers to service, and are responsive to crisis situations. TGP’s overarching goals are to meet basic needs, foster personal growth, and build a community support system that is often lacking in the lives of those who come seeking assistance. We are not just a service organization; we are committed advocates for those we serve. We promote social justice for every woman, child, and transgender individual in our community.

TGP meets basic needs by providing:
• A safe and caring community open during the day, Monday-Friday
• Support for children and families in a child-friendly, safe, nurturing, and developmentally rich environment
• Showers, laundry, clothing bank, naps, mail pick-up, free Wi-Fi, and telephone access
• More than 64,000 freshly prepared meals each year
• Food pantry with groceries, baby food/formula, toiletries, and diapers

TGP fosters personal growth with:
• Education for adult learners, including a High School Equivalency Program
• Job Readiness Support
• Computer Lab
• Physical and Mental Health Program
• Arts Program that is a creative outlet for all participants and a pipeline to our social enterprise, Art Restart, to generate income for members and TGP

TGP builds community through:
• Leadership opportunities that allow members to have a voice in TGP’s governance
• A robust community Volunteer Program
• Interactive giving programs, such as Meal Sponsorships

Giving Opportunities

Consider Monthly & Tribute Giving: Any donation is valuable! But, if you chose to give monthly, you’ll ensure that The Gathering Place remains beneficial for the 8,000+ people that visit us each year – and will provide us with a predictable income stream. Just $20 a month makes a difference for the people we serve. Tribute options are also available to recognize and honor loved ones. Please visit our website and donate online.

Art Restart: Launched in 2014 as a Social Enterprise, Art Restart provides financial solutions for our members while allowing them to express themselves artistically. When you shop our wide selection of greeting cards, scarves, tote bags, and more, the artist receives a royalty. The remainder of the proceeds are reinvested back into The Gathering Place. Art Restart items are available in custom and bulk orders. They make great client/employee gifts, too! Visit www.artrestart.org to shop.

Giving Stock: Generous contributors have long enjoyed the opportunity to make charitable gifts of stock to The Gathering Place, bypassing the payment of capital gains tax, and in the process, also reducing federal income taxes.

Contact: Bette Iacino, Vice President of Resource Development, at 303-996-9027 or bj@tgpdenver.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

Individual volunteers generously donate more than 15,000 hours each year. We encourage prospective volunteers to learn more about the opportunities we offer to work one-on-one with our members:

Operational support: Volunteers help us operate the Welcome Desk, Kitchen, The Card Project, and Family Program.

Educational support: Volunteers are at the heart of our Education and Jobs Readiness Program. This opportunity is ideal for anyone, especially former and current teachers.

Program support: Volunteers assist members in Betsy’s Cupboard (food pantry) and Bridget’s Boutique (clothing bank).

We request that volunteers in these programs commit to a routine that spans three months to lend consistency to our staffing schedule. Visit our website and subscribe to our newsletters to stay informed of our current needs. Contact Cortney Mabry at 303-996-9041 or cortney@tgpdenver.org for details.