The Gathering Place to receive $696,000

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Environment and Conservation Minister Tom Hedderson announced today that The Gathering Place in St. John’s will receive $696,000 in provincial government funding to renovate its centre and expand services to members and guests.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Green Fund is providing $356,000 of this total amount to incorporate energy efficient renovations saving 103 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year, 324,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) and $32,400 annually.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corp. is providing $300,000 through the Provincial Homelessness Fund and a $25,000 Inclusion Grant from the Department of Advanced Education and Skills was also awarded to build an accessible entrance, washrooms and install an elevator. That’s in addition to $15,000 provided in 2011.

“Our government is proud to support The Gathering Place and their tremendous commitment to helping people overcome social barriers and poverty,” Hedderson said in a news release. “The savings achieved by using energy efficient measures allows more resources to be put into programs and services.”

Paul Davis, minister responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corp., said the Provincial Homelessness Fund has provided nearly $4 million in capital funding to 33 non-profit groups for the development of space to provide on-site outreach services for those at risk of homelessness.

“We are thrilled to have The Gathering Place among those benefactors,” Davis said.

 Elizabeth Davis, board co-chairwoman, said expanding the programs and services at The Gathering Place Community Centre will help people who deal with complex physical, mental and social issues.

 “The Provincial government is demonstrating its commitment to supporting society’s most vulnerable citizens,” Davis said.

The Gathering Place is a non-profit organization providing services and respite to members of the community who need support from isolation and loneliness.



Organizations: Provincial Homelessness Fund, Newfoundland and Labrador Green Fund, Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Department of Advanced Education and Skills The Gathering Place Community Centre

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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Recent comments

  • Terry
    June 20, 2013 - 11:04

    I've heard about The Gathering Place, but I don't know where it is. Does anyone know if they take donations of good used clothing, bed linens, dishes, etc.?

  • Lloyd
    June 19, 2013 - 19:09

    A big thank you to the Provincial Government for putting funds into the renovations of The Gathering Place. It is much needed, to help those who really cannot help themselves, in a lot of cases, including those who have mental, and physical, plus social issues Again, thank you. Remember GOD loves a cheerful giver.

  • Joanne
    June 19, 2013 - 14:13

    Congratulations to the Presentation Sisters and the Sisters of Mercy on the funding from the government!! Last week they were looking for $10,000. God is good indeed!!! Keep up the good work sisters.