Former Premier Kathy Dunderdale has been hired by The Gathering Place as their new volunteer coordinator, to manage the centre’s 350 volunteers. That number is expected to grow by another 100-200 volunteers shortly, hence the need for a new volunteer coordinator.
The Gathering Place builds community by promoting equality and providing nourishment. “It exists to meet the needs of people whom society has failed,” and their programs and services are primarily for to people 25 and older who are homeless or live in less than desirable housing conditions, people who are often unemployed, and people who do not have adequate social supports at this time in their lives.
“Many of our Guests have complex issues ranging from physical illness and mental health problems to learning disabilities and addictions,” according to their website. “Guests are victims of abuse, income support recipients, or are low income earners. Guests are male and female, younger and older, street people, and people falling through the cracks. The Guests of the Gathering Place come from all parts of Newfoundland and Labrador.”
The goal of Gathering Place is “to foster independence, self-respect, and dignity. Further, interdependence and personal growth are cultivated through a network of community partnerships.” For 20 years, the Gathering Place has provided services that include a noon meal program serving up to 150 Guests each day, a clothing supply boutique, and social activities.
Dunderdale has been volunteering at the Gathering Place for some time now, and those who hired her feel she “embraces the same values and has a strong background in community service.”