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The Gathering Place [Apr. 28th, 2014|12:59 pm]
I ended up at The Gathering Place by accident, really. I had physical therapy scheduled, but had written down the wrong time and so was an hour early. The Gathering Place was right around the corner, so I thought I'd just stop in and see what they had to offer. When I walked through the door, the receptionist smiled and asked, "Can I help you?"

I opened my mouth, and then dissolved into tears. It was the first place where I was able to let go and cry. Before I could get myself together enough to go on, two counselors were at my side, inviting me into a comfortable room and sitting with me as I sobbed out Rebecca's situation. They didn't try to make it all better. They listened, and they encouraged me to keep talking, and keep getting support. They talked to me about the programs available at The Gathering Place, of which there are many.

All of this is provided for free. It's a program that deserves support. On June 1, I will be participating in The Race for the Place. If you can join us, fabulous. If you can donate a few dollars, thank you.


[User Picture]From: wilhelmina_d
2014-04-28 06:02 pm (UTC)
What a great sounding place! Glad they were able to help you.
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2014-04-29 08:33 pm (UTC)
I'm very glad you found a safe place to let down your guard and have a good cry.
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[User Picture]From: mymichelle
2014-05-01 04:32 pm (UTC)
I do summer Animal Camp with kids from the Gathering Place every year through my work. Wonderful people.
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