Some of our Guests are new to this life in the margins, but the vast majority of our Guests have been struggling with complex issues for as long as they can remember – abuse, mental illness, addiction, PTSD, physical disabilities, and more. Many of them have been on the streets since childhood and we know that these complex issues cannot be treated with food alone. Nourishment is just one part of the puzzle, as we help the Guests piece their lives back together. Through collaborative partnerships, we offer primary health and social services via a team of professionals on-site who give our Guests the physical and psychological support they so desperately need.
Many of our Guests live in housing that is hostile and unclean. Some of them sleep in garages and alleyways. The Gathering Place is not an overnight shelter, be we do whatever we can to help our Guests find a safe, clean place to lay their heads. Navigating the housing system can be difficult, especially for those with limited communication skills and mental health issues, so our volunteers often secure decent housing for our Guests on their behalf.