Originally established in 1994 by the Sisters of Mercy and the Presentation Sisters in response to the needs of those seeking food, the Gathering Place receives widespread support within the community. Many service organizations, church groups, foundations, corporations and individuals make financial and in kind donations towards the operation of Gathering Place.
The Gathering Place is a registered charity and is managed by a Board of Directors with from the founding organizations and members from the community at large. The programs and services are offered through a volunteer-driven operation by more than 700 people committed to ensuring that programs and services are available on a consistent basis.
In recent years, programs and services have been added to address the needs of guests. These include foot care, a clothing supply boutique and hair care service. In addition, through collaboration with other agencies, guests of Gathering Place have access to housing experts, nurses and social workers who help address complex needs. Guests may avail of other services to include advocacy, literacy and computer programs.