The Gathering Place

The Gathering Place is a day shelter serving Kingston's homeless and their peers, for those in transition and those at risk of losing their housing.

We provide a non-judgmental atmosphere where our guests can take shelter from harsh and inclement weather, eat a light nutritious meal and hang out with their peers. Staff are always available to provide individual counselling and emotional support.

We also provide supervised, accessible programs and services such as information sessions on relevant topics, one-on-one support and referrals to other appropriate services in the city.

Service Hours:

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Open:  2:00 pm  –  6:30 pm 
Meals:  3:00 pm  –  5:00 pm 


Open:  12:00 noon –  4:00 pm 
Meals:  12:30 pm  –  2:30 pm 

Monthly Activities

  • Board Games – A variety of games are available to enjoy at The Gathering Place
  • NetFlix
  • Cribbage and Euchre Tournaments – Guests may participate in tournaments held once per month
  • Birthday Celebration – Join in on celebrating all of the guests birthdays from each month
  • Hair Cutting – Hair cuts available at no charge

Agency Partnerships

A number of agencies provide specialized services at The Gathering Place and include:

  • Housing Help
  • Hep C Clinic
  • Employment Services
  • Mental Health Services
  • Street Health Centre

Shower Facilities

During service hours guests of The Gathering Place have access to shower services. Toiletries are provided.

Laundry Facilities

Guests of The Gathering Place have access to laundry facilities. It is by appointment only and sign up sheets are available during service hours. Laundry soap is provided, one load per appointment.

On-The-Go Backpacks

On the Go Backpacks are available for those guests of The Gathering Place who are currently homeless. Backpacks may include: toiletries, water bottle, socks etc.

New Beginnings Care Kits

New Beginnings Care kits are available to those moving into new housing. Encouragement and support through the provision of necessary cleaning and supply items to those who qualify. Items include: mop and pail, all purpose cleaner, broom, laundry soap etc.

Job Readiness Support

  • Gathering Place Staff will assist those looking for employment.
  • Access to computers for resumes and cover letters
  • Resume/interview support
  • Links to Community Agencies
  • Access to local classifieds
  • Clothing vouchers

Community Gardens

During the growing season Community and Family Services offers our neighbourhood a Community Garden which assists in providing fresh vegetables to individuals within the community. Guests may assist in the planting, weeding and harvesting of the gardens during service hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Gathering Place Green Space

An inviting Green Space is available to Gathering Place guests to enjoy and includes picnic tables, flowerbeds, basketball and seasonal outdoor games.