More Than Food
In addition to cooking and serving meals, the Gathering seeks to respond to other needs of our guests when possible, including mental health, medical, housing and food share assistance along with street supply distributions. Our preference is to deliver such services through collaborative programming with other Milwaukee organizations.
These collaborations are described below.
MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE
Provided for Gathering guests during the breakfast meal at The Gathering at Running Rebels (1300 W Fond Du Lac Ave). The Gathering collaborates with the Homeless Outreach Nursing Center (HONC) to provide mental health services to our breakfast guests, 60-70% of whom are homeless, many with mental health and/or addiction issues. The focus of the mental health staff is to locate, stabilize and house the homeless mentally ill.
Provided during the breakfast meal at The Gathering at Running Rebels (1300 W Fond Du Lac Ave). St. Ben’s Medical Clinic provides blood pressure checks, information and referral services and seasonal flu shots.
Distributions of toiletry items (such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, lotion, shampoo), laundry detergent, blankets, sleeping bags, hand warmers, warm socks, outerwear, gloves, hats, scarves, bottled water, etc. are distributed when a sufficient number of items are available.
The Gathering welcomes in-kind donations to help provide for our homeless guests. Items like toiletries and apparel can make all the difference.