Every year, the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative conducts a point-in-time study to determine the number of homeless individuals living in Denver. In January 2012, they counted 12,605 people. Of this number, 44.4% were women and 64% were adults living in households with children. Additionally, 25.7% of the individuals surveyed were newly homeless, meaning they have been homeless less than a year and this is their first time to experience homelessness.
And though the number of homeless individuals living in our city is staggering, thousands more are existing one paycheck away from homelessness, struggling to make ends meet as they grapple with decisions such as choosing between buying groceries or paying the utility bills.
As Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, their children, and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty, The Gathering Place provides a variety of programs and services those who enter our doors.
For Lee, The Gathering Place has been the assurance of nutritious food, from both the kitchen and Betsy’s Cupboard. For Ann, The Gathering Place has been the supportive relationships that helped her obtain permanent shelter. And for Krystal, The Gathering Place offered the chance to leave an abusive husband and start a new life for herself and her children.
We invite you to join our community and to partner with us as we endeavor to support women and their children in Denver who are experiencing homelessness and poverty. Together, we can make a difference.
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