The Gathering Place: a Refuge for Rebuilding Lives

aka The Gathering Place   |   Denver, CO   |  https://tgpdenver.org/

Mission

We are a community of safety and hope where positive relationships, choice, and essential resources transform lives.
 
Guiding Principles:
* We serve women, children and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty or homelessness.
* We believe in hope as an important change agent and hold that hope for everyone.
* We believe deeply in the power of community and continue working to develop it.
* Our key values include recognizing individual strengths, building respect and trust, and offering acceptance unconditionally.

Note: We refer to those we serve as “members," but no fees are ever charged for our services or programs.

Ruling year info

1987

President/CEO

Julia Stewart

Main address

1535 N High Street

Denver, CO 80218 USA

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EIN

84-1021059

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Family Services (P40)

Women's Centers (P83)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

370,000 women in Colorado must routinely choose between paying for transportation, housing, food, medicine or childcare. One in three transgender individuals are living on less than $10,000 a year; one in five have experienced housing discrimination and homelessness. For many, the effects of poverty are compounded by frequent exposure to trauma and violence. The Gathering Place offers a refuge where women, transgender individuals, and their children can receive individualized support and comprehensive wrap-around services in a trauma-informed setting to help them on their path to greater stability and well-being.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Meeting Basic Needs

Resource advocates on the Community Access Team (CAT) respond to members’ immediate needs with services that include showers, laundry, naps, mail service, locker storage, telephone access, and an extensive array of resources and referrals. Similar to the CAT response, TGP’s Family Program provides support to families in a safe, nurturing, and developmentally rich environment and the team is available to care for children while mothers/guardians utilize or participate in other TGP services and programs.

In our community dining room, the Food Services Program serves freshly prepared meals (breakfast, lunch, and early dinner) that include healthy and delicious options, which accommodate most dietary needs and preferences. For example, vegetarian options are available for meals. Our Food Pantries (Betsy’s Cupboard and Family Program) provide healthy groceries, baby food/formula, toiletries, and diapers.

Bridget’s Boutique, TGP’s clothing bank, distributes clothing to members who have an emergency need for replacement clothes or need clothes for employment reasons.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

Our collaborative Personal Growth Programs help members look beyond their current circumstances and begin to plan a future for themselves and their families. Our programs include: High School Equivalency Program, Skill Development Class, Computer Lab, Job Readiness Program, Physical and Mental Health Program, and Arts Program.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Denver Mayor’s Award on Diversity 2011

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver Women’s Commission

Affiliations & memberships

Community Shares 1986

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Meeting Basic Needs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This is the number of visits from clients we see annually at our daytime center. This does not include the individuals staying at our 24/7 emergency shelter, which opened in 2020.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Meeting Basic Needs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The Gathering Place serves breakfast, lunch and a hearty snack every day. There is always a vegetarian option, and meals are nutritious and include vegetables and whole grains.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This number dropped significantly in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are rebuilding and actively recruiting volunteers.

Number of medical screenings provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Personal Growth Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of medical screenings provided onsite by partner healthcare providers. This service is offered from our wellness area.

Number of participants who participated in our job readiness programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Personal Growth Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Gathering Place's Job Readiness program offers support with résumé assistance, interview prep, and job seeking. We offer job search assistance, job skills classes, and on-site hiring events.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Gathering Place's three main agency goals are:

1) Meet Basic Needs: Provide a safe environment and intervention services so that individuals and families in crisis can meet their immediate needs and find stability.

2) Foster Personal Growth: Provide programs that facilitate overall well-being and self-sufficiency.

3) Build Community: Provide a community of acceptance and support that encourages each person to realize their individual and collective potential.

The Gathering Place provides wraparound services for women, transgender and nonbinary individuals, and children experiencing homelessness and poverty in Denver. Every member's journey is unique as they engage with choice-based programming ranging from meeting basic needs like meals, showers, and phones to wellness and recovery services including job readiness, GED classes, physical and mental health services, and more.

All TGP services and programs are provided free of charge, use trauma-informed care practices, and typically fall into the realms of our three main agency goals.

Meet Basic Needs
• Providing a safe place to be during the day; showers, laundry, naps, mail pick-up, and telephone access; internal and external referrals; clothing bank
• Supporting families in a child-friendly, safe, nurturing, and developmentally rich environment
• Freshly prepared, nutritious meals are served in our community oriented dining room (breakfast, sack lunch, lunch, snack)
• Healthy groceries, baby food/formula, toiletries, and diapers are available through our food pantries
• Housing Stabilization Program - TGP's only case-managed program - works with chronically homeless or vulnerable members to obtain and maintain housing

Foster Personal Growth
• Access to educational opportunities, including High School Equivalency Program, Skills Development Classes, and Writers Groups
• Computer Lab provides members with access to computers and the internet
• Job readiness support provided with resume assistance, interview prep, job seeking advice, and on site practice and hiring fairs
• Physical and mental health support
• Creative arts classes, groups, and art therapy

Build Community
• Continually study trauma-informed care standards, provide periodic training for staff, Board of Directors, volunteers, and members, and implement what we learn
• Hold routine Community Meetings and publish an internal, bi-weekly newsletter to update members about TGP services and other activities throughout Denver
• TGP welcomes volunteers, which has a two-fold impact of connecting more people to our community and leveraging their time as a resource to decrease personnel expenses

Founded in 1986, The Gathering Place (TGP) is Denver's only daytime drop-in center for women, children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty, many of whom are also experiencing homelessness. During the last thirty years, the services and programs offered at TGP have evolved with changes driven by increases in the number of people seeking assistance, an intent to provide healthy lifestyle choices, member identified needs, and eagerness to implement best practices.

The Gathering Place specializes in services for women, transgender individuals, and their children who are experiencing poverty, because they tend to face complex circumstances that make them the most vulnerable individuals in our community. This specialization combined with the use of trauma-informed care practices, the agency's longevity and reputation, and our guiding principles makes The Gathering Place unique within the broad spectrum of service providers in Denver.

TGP offers stabilizing services to combat poverty and address the impacts of underlying forms of marginalization and oppression that may have contributed to poverty or homelessness. The organization provides choice-based supportive services spanning a continuum from crisis response and basic needs as well as a comprehensive range of services designed to support recovery from homelessness, addiction and trauma and foster long-term stability for individuals and families. In recent years, the organization has evolved from one that focuses on emergency needs to an organization that also offers wrap-around care and programs designed to support individuals as they walk down a path of recovery, guiding them as they move from a place of crisis and instability to one of stability and security.

During TGP’s 2021 fiscal year, approximately 3,348 adults visited TGP’s facility 30,300 times and 769 children visited 2,331 times.
Through the kitchen and Betsy’s Cupboard, TGP’s food pantry, 109,222 meals were provided to adults and children.
The Education and Job Readiness Program served 264 individuals through coaching, employment, resume, training and job-seeking services.
The Physical and Mental Health Program served 431.
TGP’s housing-focused Case Management program served 140 households.
Each night in 2021, about 105 adults were sheltered at the Rodeway auxiliary shelter.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The Gathering Place serves women, transgender and nonbinary individuals, and children experiencing homelessness and poverty in the Denver metro area.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We added case management services specific to families after getting feedback from members that the needs of families would be best met by a designated individual or individuals for families, rather than asking case managers to split time between individuals and families.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Gathering Place: a Refuge for Rebuilding Lives

Board of directors
as of 04/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michelle Murray

Chirag Patel

HolzerIPLaw

Michelle Murray

Allison Panter

Live Urban Real Estate

Maya Wilbourn

Julian Benz

Shawnda Merriman

Redwood Trust

Jana Persky

CareerWise

Cathy Skulnik

Sandbox Industries

Tasha Small

City and County of Denver, Dept of Human Services

Elissa Soden

The New Search Collaborative

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/26/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/26/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.