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 The Gathering Place.
The Gathering Place is a registered charity and is managed by a Board of Directors 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 200 active volunteers as well as countless other companies and community groups who volunteer their time regularly to ensure that programs and services are available on a consistent basis.
In recent years, programs and services have been added through collaboration with other partners to address the complex needs of Guests.