More Than Food

The Gathering of Southeast Wisconsin

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.  For the current schedule visit our Meal and Services Calendar.


MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE

Provided for Gathering guests during the breakfast meal at The Gathering on State Street (924 W. State Street). 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.

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

Provided during the breakfast meal at The Gathering on State Street (924 W. State St.). St. Ben’s Medical Clinic provides blood pressure checks, information and referral services and seasonal flu shots.

SUPPLY DISTRIBUTIONS

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.