What we do

Programs & Services

Programs and services are presented by community volunteers and by personnel from partner agencies. Through collaborative efforts, Guests of The Gathering Place may avail of the following programs:

  • Meal program – 7 Days a Week
  • Services of doctors, nurses and social workers
  • Laundry service with the use of washers/ dryers
  • Informal social activities (safe, comfortable places to read, listen to music, watch TV, play cards, enjoy bingo and other games, play guitar and piano)
  • Art classes, craft sessions and other creative pursuits
  • Access to showers
  • Clothing Boutique
  • Home Support Program
  • Sewing services for those who need minor clothing repairs
  • Designated area for female Guests
  • Legal Clinic
  • Annual Flu Clinic
  • Annual Income Tax Clinic
  • Message centre for Guests who have no fixed address
  • Advocacy with government and health/social agencies
  • Elevator and other aids to enable people with disabilities to access services
  • Temporary 30-bed low barrier shelter

Warming Centre

With the support of the City of St. John’s, the Gathering Place will serve as a Community Warming Centre and be available to all citizens of St. John’s during extended power outages. The auxiliary power generating system will heat 23,000 square feet of program space and operate the full kitchen as required.

Meeting Needs in the Community

The Gathering Place is committed to finding new and creative ways to meet the needs of people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, to promote equality and to provide nourishment for those seeking respite from poverty and isolation.