The Gathering Place Community Centre

Gathering Place Community Centre

COVID-19 update: Gathering Place

July 15, 2020: Programming remains limited. It will gradually be restored in-line with public health guidelines. We're currently offering:

Meal service:

  • 9am to 11am
  • Noon to 2:30pm
  • 5pm to 7pm

Hand-washing and sanitizing options are provided before and after receiving meals.

Shower service daily between 9:30am and 5:30pm.

Washrooms are available from 9am to 7:30pm.

Laundry service daily:

  • Dropoff:
    • 9am to 10am 
    • Noon to 1pm 
    • 3pm to 4pm
  • Pickup:
    • 2pm
    • 4:30pm 
    • 6pm

Drop in space:

  • 9:15am to 2:30pm
  • 3:30pm to 7:45pm

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The Gathering Place Community Centre offers programs and services to the Downtown South community. We primarily serve vulnerable populations, including people on lower income, people with disabilities, seniors, people of diverse ethnic backgrounds, the LGBTQ community, youth, and people who are homeless.

We provide accessible and engaging programs with a focus on food and nutrition, health, education, recreation, arts and culture, and community development.

Hours, location, contact info

Find out where the Gathering Place Community Centre is located, how to contact us, and hours for all services.

Health services

We provide necessary services to the community, including laundry, showers, and health support.


Our cafeteria serves three healthy meals a day at the lowest possible price.

Volunteer or donate

Give to an important part of the Downtown South community as a Gathering Place volunteer or donor.

Programs and services

We offer a pool table, weight room, games room, learning centre, library, fitness classes, community events, and more.

Community events

Learn about the high-profile community events we host throughout the year, and how you can help.


An annual membership with the Downtown South Gathering Place Community Centre Association is $2.

Services and programs that are free with membership are: fitness programs, reading room access, and art and music programs.


Free WiFi is available at this location.

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Homelessness services

Find details on supportive housing, shelters, financial aid, low-cost meals, and more.