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Date updated: March 19, 2020

Gathering Place (St. John’s)

NOTE: The Gathering Place is taking all precautionary measures possible and following a coordinated community response from the Department of Health, Eastern Health BY

  • Providing takeout meals for clients (in St. John’s) during COVID-19.
    All three meals of the weekday (brunch on the weekends) will continue, hot lunch plus sandwiches to save for supper.
  • Urgent medical services will continue, as will social work supports.
  • People won’t be allowed in the building as a mass, in line with social-distancing guidelines and officials urging the public to avoid large crowds.

The Gathering Place – Please Read this before you donate!!
Due to COVID-19, The Gathering Place will not be able to accept in-kind donations in person or welcome visitors until further notice.
More than ever, they are grateful for your monetary donations as they have to purchase much needed supplies and food during this difficult time. Please donate at


The  Gathering Place programs and services are offered primarily to people who are homeless or live in less than desirable housing conditions, people who are seeking respite from poverty or isolation and people who are often unemployed and to people who do not have adequate social supports at this time in their lives. The Gathering Place welcomes about 300 to 400 people (aged 25 and older) every day.
Through collaborative efforts, guests of The Gathering Place may avail of the following programs:

Nourishment – Food and Social: Meal program – 7 days a week; Coffee station in social area; Group activities; Informal social activities (in a safe space); Designated area for women guests; Art classes, craft sessions and other creative pursuits.

Personal Care and Health Care: Access to showers for those who need them; Foot Care; Hair Care; Laundry service with the use of washers/dryers;  Access to sewing services;  Home Support Program; Weekly services of nurses (6 days), Doctors (4 days) and social workers (AESL);   Free Dental Clinic (for guests); Advocacy with government and health/social agencies, Annual Flu Clinic
Elevator and other aids to enable people with disabilities to access services.

Skill Building: Access to computers and computer training sessions and Literacy Program (Teachers on Wheels); Annual Income Tax Clinic
Warming Centre – will serve as a community warming centre to ALL residents of St. John’s during times of extended power loss.


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