The Gathering at Washington Street

The mission of the Gathering is to empower residents to build positive relationships that transform their lives and the community. We gather with residents in two apartment buildings in Petersburg, Sycamore Towers and Lafayette House, to share a meal, listen to stories and build relationships. In the summer, we cook hamburgers and hot dogs in the parking lot of a church, sit and enjoy conversations with residents. Whether they take food to-go or stay a while, we offer hospitality. After three years of these interactions, a closed United Methodist Church property will become our homebase, and the Gathering is leading the process to renovate church space for the community to gather. A few units of transitional or affordable housing will be built on the grounds. The Gathering serves as the Central Virginia Network Table with Open Table and supports local nonprofits in Petersburg, Virginia. 

Grantee Information

Year(s) Awarded: 2024