On a cold day in January 2004, a group of ministers in Placer County met to talk about a longstanding problem in the community—there was no safe and warm place for people to go if they lacked housing during the coldest months of the year. The ministers represented many different faiths, but felt united in their desire to help those who were suffering each night in the cold.
Together, the ministers imagined gathering those who were homeless into the warmth of their churches, to provide supper, overnight accommodations and hospitality. They discussed the nomadic model of care, which had been used successfully in many other parts of the country. It was a simple concept that appealed to them: the site of the hosting church would change from one night to the next.
Over the next year, the group began developing The Gathering Inn; working to design the operation, raise funds, purchase a bus, enroll 23 churches to serve overnight guests, develop an Advisory Board and receive 501 (c)(3) nonprofit status.
Today, The Gathering Inn provides a community-based response to people in need in south Placer County by offering hope, dignity and a secure place to rest at night, in addition to a wide range of services that help clients get back on their feet again.
Mosaic Christians role in this program is we open up our food closet and community outreach programs to the Gathering inn every month. We also allow The Gathering Inn program to come and spend the night at our facility one time a month.
During their stay here at Mosaic, we make sure that they all get to hear the gospel, that they are fed, and have a safe,warm place to sleep. We count it a privilege to encourage everyone that comes through our doors with the love of Christ.