The Gathering Inn

The Gathering Inn provides homeless women, men, and families the dignity and support they need to become active members of our community.

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Address: (Physical) 201 Berkeley Avenue (Mailing) PO Box 297
Roseville, CA 95678
County or Parish: Placer County
Primary NTEE: Housing, Shelter 
Sub NTEE: Homeless Shelters 
Executive Director: Keith Diederich
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-791-9355
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. After three short years, The Gathering Inn evolved into a year-round program due to its high demand. Today, The Gathering Inn is the preeminent program serving the homeless of Placer County, providing services 365 days a year. Comprehensive services address the mental health, addiction, employment, medical, dental, and basic needs of the homeless throughout the day through on-site programs. It is a drug and alcohol free program, random tests are administered. Each guest must participate in a self enhancement activity to maintain their stay. As part of The Gathering Inn's collaboration with the community, over 38 congregations open their hearts and doors to support the homeless every night of the year providing food, shelter, and respect.
1. Cash Donations to Fund Operations:

In 2016, 445 total homeless guests were served which equated to 25,594 overnight bed nights with an average of 70 guests served each night which is a 12% increase over 2015 numbers; 38% of sheltered guests are women and children; 8% are veterans; 41% report a primary issue of mental health; 20% report the primary issue of substance abuse; 20% report the primary issue of domestic violence; and 19% report a primary issue of being disabled.

85 cents of every dollar goes directly to service provision for our homeless guests which means that only 15% is used for administrative overhead; it costs $38 per day per person served for the entire program which includes our on-site medical clinic, dental clinic, case management services, life skills classes, addiction recovery services, mental health services, on-site clothing closet, shower facilities, hot nutritious meals and safe sleeping out of the elements. Sheltered homeless guests and our low income neighbors have access to computers, phones, fax, hot coffee and community fellowship at our on site Resource Center. Volunteers help with job and internet searches, laundry, cooking meals and provide hospitality.

2. Clothing Items such as jeans, socks, underwear. Every time the homeless take a shower, they require new clothing. Most do not have laundry services and often the clothes they remove are not salvageable. Men's jeans are especially needed. Warm clothing during winter including socks are priceless. Gently used items welcomed.

3. Volunteers Needed for Social Enterprise Business. The Gathering Inn has a social enterprise business called Gathering In Style. It is a clothing store that sells new merchandise obtained from stores such as Macy's at deeply discounted prices. The store needs volunteers to help organize and sell the merchandise and interact with the customers. All of the profits from the store go to support the homeless at The Gathering Inn.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - Cash Donations to Fund Operations
  2. Funding: Program - Cash Donations to Fund Programs
  3. In-Kind Donations - Clothing Items
  4. Technology - We would benefit from technology assistance with networks as well as hardware/software aquisition and training.
  5. Volunteers - Volunteers Needed for Social Enterprise Business
The Gathering Inn is the preeminent homeless shelter program in Placer County that began operations in 2004. We are the only shelter in the county that takes men, women, children, and families in one location. The strength of The Gathering Inn's model is the utilization of the faith community for overnight accommodations and dinner for our homeless guests, which provides a strong sense of community and fellowship, as well as keeping costs significantly than any other comparable models would be. You will see many statistics listed below but I want to start off first with a real-life person that The Gathering Inn has helped change his life forever.' After graduating from Foothill High School and Cosumnes River College, and drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies organization, Robert found himself homeless after battling a methamphetamine addiction. After living in his car for three months, and the last five days of that time eating out of a jar of peanut butter, Robert finally let go of his pride enough to walk into the front door of The Gathering Inn. He is thankful he did. Robert took advantage of the hand-up he received and got himself back on his feet, freed himself of his addiction, and is now giving back to the community by working for The Gathering Inn. As Robert has stated, "I want to give back to the place that gave me so much." In addition to the personal stories, there are the statistics outlining the impact of The Gathering Inn. With the strong partnership from our hosting churches, The Gathering Inn provided over 22,500 hot meals and bed-nights to a total of 485 women, children and men in the past 12 months alone. Here are the numbers for the rest of our FREE programs: 300 people treated in the health clinic, both homeless and low income from the neighborhood, 111 dental appointments at Dental Clinic, 35 people learned through Access to Recovery about sobriety and attended two 12 Step meetings weekly held on campus Interim Care Program - 27 patients left area hospitals with medical issues and received 665 nights, 3 meals a day and respite care in our ICP house in Auburn, an average of 67 persons a day stopped in at The Gateway Resource Center both homeless and our low income neighbors, and 73 people accessed the Clothing Closet - weekly, both from the shelter and the community. The Gathering Inn makes a large impact on our community, is invaluable to the poorest among us, and is an essential part of the county's continuum of care. It helps alcoholics control their addiction, provides stability to the schizophrenics and other mentally ill persons, and is a safety net for a person who finds themselves without a bed and a safe place to sleep.