First Presbyterian Church, San Jose; Joining hands with Christ in the Inner City

Women's Gathering Place

The Women's Gathering Place (WGP) is a safe and welcoming place where women can come to rest, have a meal, and build trusting relationships with other women from the surrounding community and partner agencies.

We invite them to take off their shoes and relax around a table where other women might already be conversing about the day’s events.

Women at WGP will be encouraged to prepare meals with and for each other, so there will be women cooking a warm nutritious meal together in the kitchen.

We plan to expand and offer on-site laundry and showers allowing the women to bathe and clean their clothes. This will promote the restoration of dignity and self-esteem along with promoting hygiene and general health.

WGP women are encouraged to participate in therapeutic small groups and meet with representatives from partner agencies that will help establish housing, paths to employment, and provide case management.

Finally, WGP women are sent out into the world better prepared to face the challenges of homelessness, fed and clean, armed with information, and welcomed back another day to participate again in building a supportive community.

Volunteer! If you’d like to volunteer, please call Karleen at (408) 297-1212 or email

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