The lives renewed with hope for the future are most inspiring at The Gathering Inn. Second chances freely given, opportunities for growth are daily offered and people helping people surrounded by the warmth of humility and gratitude. For this dynamic of transformational impact, The Gathering Inn exists, and we as a family of supporters remain committed to addressing the challenges associated with homelessness.
Throughout our family of services for individuals experiencing homelessness, our doors lead to new beginnings. Within the safety of our communities, guests experience acceptance and connection along with accountability and freedom. Often our guests rediscover their motivation for positive change along with newly found stability and structure inside our walls. Most importantly, resources and tools empower our guest to transition into sustainable housing with dignity and self-sufficiency.
It all began when compelled to meet the needs of the homeless, a group of Placer County ministers met in January 2004 to discuss opening their doors during the coldest months of the year. This collaboration of 13 congregations provided food, shelter, hospitality, and a sense of dignity to the homeless of Placer County. Then, due to increasing demand after 3 short years, The Gathering Inn evolved into a year-round program.
As needs became clearer and resources were made available through the generosity of donors and the participation of local governments, The Gathering Inn expanded to offer a complete continuum of housing and supportive services. Programs include emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, and medical respite housing. Supportive services include a clothing closet, showers and laundry services, case management, resource navigation, education, and training, along with a medical and dental clinic and a mental health program. Not only does The Gathering Inn exist to fulfill the original mission and vision of our founders, but it also builds on that foundation by expanding services that address barriers to housing. The lives of The Gathering Inn guests are transformed by inspiring self-sufficiency and inviting them to achieve sustainable housing.
Today, The Gathering Inn is considered a uniquely special program serving the unsheltered residents of Placer County. The program’s success is made possible through the generosity of donors and the compassionate involvement of over 40 churches and community organizations. These partners provide a safe place to sleep, a delicious meal and the assurance that every guest is cared for and valued.