The Gathering Place has much news to share for 2018!



Our 4th Annual "Community Illumination" Benefit will be held March 22, 2018 from 6pm-9pm at Central Venue on Carpenter Street, Athens, Ohio. This annual event is an advocacy piece designed to raise awareness of mental illness in our community and uses art as a vehicle to conduct outreach to our community members in the mental health field, in addition to outreach to community members with a lived experience of mental illness. 

This year we will be partnering with The Dairy Barn Arts Center as our members have been creating ceramic luminaries as an advocacy project; to shed light on the importance of community mental health. We will also be holding a CD release party as our band, The Gatherers perform original songs from their first EP, this has been a collaborative project with Hocking College Music Production Department. 

Check out our Soul of Athens video of The Gatherers.

Another partnership that will be highlighted at this event is our collaborative project with Appalachian Behavioral Health (ABH). The Gathering Place is a regional lead for two grant initiative and a state-wide advocacy grant, (SWAN). 

These initiatives encourage empowerment of peers with a lived experience of mental illness or addition and promote recovery. OhioMHAS also encourages grantees to partner with their state hospital on promoting the initiatives of the grant. With this in mind, our members and staff have developed a project with ABH for a "Personal Care Item Drive" and staff and volunteers of The Gathering Place and staff from ABH are making "discharge bags" to be given to patients as they return to their communities. Our goal is to create 300 bags as approximately 100 mental health patients are transitioned back into their communities. Our goal is to create 300 bags as approximately 100 mental health patients are transitioned back into community life in the 21-county catchment are of ABH monthly.

Admission is Free to Community Illumination but we ask that you donate one 12 ounch bottle of:

Basic items such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, toothbrush (single pack) and paste (4.7 ounce) and laundry soap (small box or bottle) for our Personal Care Drive as these items are often out of reach for individuals as they regain benefits or employment after a stay in the hospital. This is an opportunity for the entire community to become involved!

We are once again honored to have The Come On, Come Ons, an Athens favorite to headline our event and they will take the stage at 8pm. 


New Staff

The Gathering Place is pleased to announce the hire of our new Program Manager, Samantha Riley and Amanda Rozner as a weekend and evening staff person. Our long-time Program Manager Brittany Silverman has transitioned to a new career but will still be an on call weekend and evening staff person of The Gathering Place!

Both new ladies are doing fabulous things with the Programming at the GP, so, be sure to check out our monthy schedule under our Activities Page.

Expansion News

The Gathering Place recently received a grant award form the 317 Board and Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville to expand our kitchen and renovate upstairs bathrooms! The member bathroom is complete and now operational! Stay tuned for pictures and more details of summer construction.

Recovery Housing

The Gathering Place purchased the parking lot and house adjacent to our 7 North Congress facility in July of 2017 with the plan of opening a Co-occuring Mental Health and Addiction Recovery House. We have been working with our 317 Board and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services on receiving Capital Funds for reimbursement of purchase and have recently received a $20,000 grant award from Christ lutheran Benevolence Fund for start-up costs. We will have more to announce later but we are moving forward with this amazing project and expect to pen at the end of June 2018!

Important Dates:

February 14- Valentine Karaoke 12pm-4pm

February 24-Mental Health First Aid Training for OU Volunteer Students/GP Staff 10am-6pm

March 22- Community Illumination 6pm-9pm Central Venue 29 E. Carpenter St.

March 31- Mental Health First Aid Training for Members and GP Staff 10am-6pm

Winter/Spring 2018