Gathering Place programs and services

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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We serve the Downtown South community by offering recreation, education, and community programs. We provide a wide range of quality programs and services that are accessible and relevant to vulnerable populations.

The Gathering Place also offers day-to-day basic services to provide access to phones, a place to store belongings during the day, and an overnight shelter during extreme weather warnings.

Recreation, community programs, and events

Fitness and leisure programs

Find information on the fitness and leisure programs at the Gathering Place, including martial arts, yoga, and more.

Art and music programs

Learn about art and music programs at the Gathering Place, including pottery and music jam sessions.

Community events

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

Library and education services


Learn about the services at the Gathering Place library – also known as the Reading Room.

Adult learning centre

The Vancouver Board of Education offers classes to adult learners at the Gathering Place.

Other services

Basic services

We offer basic services like mail pickup, phone message and fax services, and daytime storage.

Overnight shelter

The Gathering Place acts as an overnight shelter during extreme weather warnings.