Every year, the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative conducts a Point-in-Time study (in conjunction with local service providers, including The Gathering Place) to estimate the number of individuals who are experiencing homelessness in the seven county Metro Denver area. On January 27, 2014, they counted 5,812 individuals experiencing homelessness and 2,230 people at-risk of homelessness. In Denver county, 36% of respondents were women and 43% of the "households" were families with children. Additionally, 24% 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 Nataliya, The Gathering Place has been a connection to community for both her and her children. For Alicia, The Gathering Place has been the supportive relationships that helped her obtain permanent shelter. For Berda, The Gathering Place offered a chance to obtain a GED and fulfill a lifelong dream. 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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