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The Gathering Place 





The Gathering Place is

Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, children, and transgender individuals 

who are experiencing homelessness and poverty. 

Since 1986, we've been a community of safety and hope where positive relationships, choice,  and essential resources transform lives.

The Gathering Place 

The Gathering Place

1535 High Street
Denver, Colorado 80218




Distance from Regis: 7.4 miles

By Bike: 39 minutes                    

By Car: 17 minutes                      

By Bus: #52 to #15 / 55 minutes

About The Gathering Place

The Gathering Place is a community of safety and hope where positive relationships, choices, and essential resources transform lives. The Gathering Place is Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing homelessness or poverty. We meet our mission by providing a safe haven, services that meet basic needs, and programs for building self-sufficiency.  On a  daily basis, about 270 individuals visit The Gathering Place and all of those served are no or low income, with 47% who say they are homeless.  All ages are served, with children (girls and boys, aged birth to 17) in the Family Area and our oldest members in their nineties.  Diverse races, ethnicities, languages, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities are represented.

How You Can Serve.

See the Spring 2014 Newsletter.

COVID-19 Update: Due to Covid, this site will be able to take ONE student.

Requirements: Able to travel to site weekly and reliably, a student who is particularly interested in women or trans issue, a student who is passionate about serving folks experiencing homelessness. 


At The Gathering Place, the most important gift you can give to members is your presence, attention, & compassion. Students  will be offered three choices for  placements. They include:

Betsy’s Cupboard: As a volunteer in Betsy's Cupboard, students will help

 members of The Gathering Place navigate our food bank.  The food bank is a choice model, meaning that members can choose what foods work best for their situation and family. Members can receive up to 25 pounds of food per month. This amount can be split up throughout the month. Students will help the members make choices, help weigh the food, and bag it.

  • Monday: 9am-11am, 1pm-3pm

  • Tuesday: 9am-11am, 1pm-3pm

  • Wednesday: 9am-11am, 1pm-3pm

  • Thursday: 9am-11am, 1pm-3pm

  • Friday: 9am-11am


Family area: As a volunteer in the Family Area, your most important role will be to ensure that all children feel safe and welcome at The Gathering Place. Students will also work alongside staff in sorting and organizing donations, as well as planning and participating in artistic, recreational, and educational activities for the children. Our Family Area is not a licensed daycare; therefore, a parent or legal guardian must be on the property at all times. If a student chooses the Family Area as their placement, they will be asked to complete a background check. The Gathering Place will cover the cost of this.


  • Monday: 9am-11am, 1pm-3pm

  • Tuesday: 9am-11am, 1pm-3pm

  • Wednesday: 9am-11am, 1pm-3pm

  • Thursday: 9am-11am, 1pm-3pm

  • Friday: 9am-11am, 1pm-3pm


Kitchen: As a volunteer in our kitchen, students will work with staff and other volunteers in making healthy and delicious meals for our community. The Gathering Place serves three meals a day. Breakfast, lunch, and snack, which is a dinner portion meal. We strive to serve nutritious and diverse food. Every meal includes a vegetarian option, milk, salad bar, and fruit. Students will assist in preparing meals, serving members through restaurant-style service, and cleaning up, all while building community with members, staff, and fellow volunteers.

  • Monday: 9:00am-1:30pm

  • Tuesday: 9:00am-1:30pm

  • Wednesday: 9:00am-1:30pm

  • Thursday: 9:00am-1:30pm

**Please note that the volunteer shifts available for students are based on our current needs. 

Characteristics in a student: Ability to multi-task, compassionate, personable, and comfortable with diversity  

Additional requirements/paperwork: Volunteer Application

Web resources:

About the City Park West Neighborhood

City Park West is a district of mostly single-family homes, small apartment buildings, and one very large hospital complex. The center of the district features the medical facilities of Presbyterian/St. Luke's Hospital, Exempla St. Joseph's Hospital, and a number of other  medical office buildings and related  facilities. Like many of Denver's Center City districts, City Park West is experiencing a number of smaller, multi-family infill projects on vacant or underutilized lots in among the mature landscape and classic early-20th century homes for which the district is known. Also, the stretch of East Colfax along City Park West's southern boundary is showing evidence of new vitality and investment with great potential  or additional infill projects along that important commercial corridor.


Source: City Park West Wikipedia page.  

For More Information, Contact:

Courtney Mabrey

Volunteer Program Manager,;


See the Spring 2014 Newsletter.
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