Gathering Place Mission
GEORGETOWN KY 40324-1877
Contact Information
Nonprofit Gathering Place Mission
Address 339 BOURBON ST
GEORGETOWN , KY 40324 1877
Phone (502) 570-4711
Fax 502 603-8073
Contact Name David Shropshire
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2005
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Other ways an individual can support the Mission is through pay pal, signing up with Kroger and designating The Mission as their charity We receive a portion of their expenditures.  Same for Amazon.  We are always looking for volunteers to work in the office and also helping serve meals through our Community Kitchen program.  Individuals and organizations are welcome to mail a check.  We encourage people to join us for lunch on Monday, Wednesday and Friday or dinner on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and Sunday.  Joining us for a meal will enable an individual or organization to meet the staff and meet the residents staying at the shelter.  We do not receive any state or federal funding and survive on grants and individual donations. Donating your support means a lot to the residents because it shows them that people care.  Being a support system is appreciated. 
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement Our mission is to share God's plan and love one another. To offer food, personal needs, emergency shelter, case management, and service referrals to connect with appropriate resources. To enable a person to move from shelter dependency to self-sufficiency in the Scott County community.
Background Statement 2011 became the year of the "Miracle on Bourbon Street" in Georgetown, Kentucky. Because her father was ill, Donna Darnell's initial plan, in the fall of 2011, was to come in and clean up the property and prepare it to sell. Donna would be working on fixing the place up and people would wander in and say someone had told them my father would help them out. She would pull in each morning and find people sleeping outside. Donna started fixing meals for them and then realized that Georgetown had a problem with homelessness. Donna started preparing more meals. Word got out to Stacey Cruise of Hospitality House. Cruise began bringing chicken sandwiches periodically from a local fast food store. As word spread about people being fed at 339 Bourbon Street, churches and other organizations began volunteering to prepare food for what had now become a food kitchen. Donna and her dad also saw a need to provide shelter for the many men sleeping on the streets. With the help of volunteers from all areas of Georgetown parts of 339 Bourbon Street became a homeless shelter for men needing a chance for a new beginning and the other portion of the facility became a community kitchen. In 2014, the Gathering Place Mission served 10,647 hot meals and had 3,028 men's night stays. In 2015, the number of meals served increased to 10,900 with 3,306 night stays. We are on tract to exceed these numbers for 2016. From its' beginning in 2011, the Gathering Place now provides emergency shelter for homeless men, provides warm meals for men, women and children who would otherwise go without food, addresses drug addiction, and continues to be a place where individuals can find new hope and get back on their feet.
Impact Statement During the calendar year 2015 we provided 10,900 community members hot meals, and provided over 3,000 night stays in our emergency men's shelter and recovery program. One primary goal for 2016 is to continue providing shelter and support for homeless men. The other primary goal is to continue providing at least one hot meal each day of the week. Through September of this year, we have served 8,837 meals and have had 2,627 night stays. We continue providing case management and have implemented an open AA meeting each Monday night at our facility. We are able to continue operation of the Gathering Place Mission through financial support and have not received any state or federal funds. There are no full time staff members and only three part time staff members in the office. A small staff allows for more financial support to go towards the day to day operation of the Mission. We rely on support from volunteers in our community
Needs Statement Our most pressing need is financial support. Financial support goes towards the day to day operation of the facility which allows us to continue meeting the needs of our community. Other needs include in-kind contributions from those who have the time and resources to help improve and maintain our facility. We are always in need of office supplies and equipment such as printers and lap top computers.
CEO/Executive Director Statement The Gathering Place Mission is the only men's homeless shelter in Scott County. In addition to being a men's shelter, we also serve as a community kitchen serving at least one hot meal each day of the week. Through the support of others, we will continue to provide emergency shelter for homeless men in Scott County. We are also going to continue providing a warm meal for men, women and children who otherwise would go without food. Other goals are the continuation of addressing drug addiction problems in our community, and continue to be a place where individuals can find new hope and get back on their feet. As we move into 2017, we are looking into the possibility of opening an emergency shelter for women in addition to the existing men's shelter.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition / Food Programs
Tertiary Organization Category Housing, Shelter / Homeless Shelters
Geographic Areas Served
Scott County
We serve Scott County as well as the surrounding counties.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. One of the major goals of the Gathering Place Mission is the continuation of emergency shelter for homeless men in and around Scott County. As part of providing a shelter for homeless men, we work closely with them to transition these individuals from being on the street to someone who has a job, has set short and long term goals. We work with them to help ensure they reach their goals. Another major goal is continuing to be able to provide a warm meal for men, women and children who would otherwise go without food. A goal related to the feeding of people is spreading the word and reaching those who are not aware that we are located where we are. Continue increasing the number of meals served each year. Another goal in addressing drug and alcohol addiction within our community via open AA meeting and working with local agencies to transition those addicted back into a normal life. In summation, our ultimate goal is to provide a place where individuals can find new hope and get back on their feet and providing a place where those in need of a hot meal will have a place to go eat and feel safe while doing so. At present time, Georgetown does not have an emergency shelter for women and children and we are in the process of raising funds to help make this happen. We will make this happen with the help and financial support from the community.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? The key strategy for making our goals happen is getting the community educated and involved. We survive and grow through the commitment of volunteers in the community. Also, through education we feel people will be more willing to make a financial contribution. Education is key to our success. We work with the court system to provide shelter and a temporary home for those released from jail and have no place to go. We provide speakers in the community to help share our story. We invite groups and individuals to join us for a meal and meet and communicate with those who are using our facility as their temporary home. We have over 50 churches, civic groups and businesses serve meals on a regular basis. These groups share our story. Word of mouth is key to our success. We are scheduled to have several fund raiser at local restaurants where we will not only receive financial help but these fund raisers will help allow for continuing education of the community. W sent out mailers at the end of the year asking for consideration when making end of year tax deductible donations. Having no budget for promotion, we rely on those who know and believe in the Mission to share the word. We continue to meet with other organizations that we can partner with such as local hospital, local detox center, court system, and school system. We have the support of over 25 churches in and around Scott County, the business community, Scott County Fiscal Court System, Police department, Sheriffs department, and various manufacturing companies. In addition to the ongoing education of the community we rely on grants and financial support from those who believe in and support our facility. The major key to our success is the community knows that we care about those we serve and help. We are completely committed to doing all possible to help individuals transition through their bad time. Those who know about the Mission know about our caring approach and thusly they do all they can to support us and our goals.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? Our key external resource/asset is the community in which we live. Because of our commitment to serving Scott and surrounding counties, the community gives back to us through financial support, in-kind contributions, man hours, spiritual support, and mentoring programs such as AA meetings. These same resources are showing support for our goal of opening a women's shelter within the next few months. We are very limited in promoting the Mission due to not having the financial resources to create and aggressive marketing campaign. We have no full time employees on staff but the individuals we have are very committed to helping those in need of help. The Mission continues to grow through the support of the small staff and volunteers and the community.
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact? We know we are making a difference by looking at the key qualitative numbers such as meals served and beds used from one month/year to the next. We have no set targets but our goal is serving all those who reach out to us needing help. Our goal would be less meals served and less beds used because that would mean there are possibly less homeless and less needing a meal. We will continue doing what we are doing as long as the need is here and we all know there will always be a need.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? The main goal not accomplished yet is the opening of an emergency shelter for women. We have started addressing this need and have started reaching out to the community for financial support so we can make this dream become a reality. We know there is a growing need for this type of shelter based on the calls we get each week asking if we take in women and children and sadly we have to say that there is not an emergency women's/children's shelter. If you want to call increase numbers of meals served and beds slept in as achieving a goal, then we are moving in that direction. Each year more people are asking for a meal and each year more men are asking for a place to stay. One thing we have realized over the years is that there is always going to be a need to care for and help those in need and being able to do so in Scott and surrounding counties is very fulfilling. One of the key adjustments to achieving our goals is getting the word out about what services we provide in the community. Many have heard of the Gathering Place Mission but a few of those do not fully understand what we do and who we serve.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ashley Tackett-Evans
Company Affiliation Volunteer
Board Members
Ms. Sharon Alexander Community VolunteerVoting
Ms Mary Craycraft Gathering Place MissionVoting
Ms. Donna K. Darnell Gathering Place MissionVoting
Mr. David P Shropshire Gathering Place MissionVoting
Mr. Brad Stone Crossroad Christian ChurchVoting
Ms Ashley Tackett-Evans Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 83%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 33%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 67%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
CEO Comments Our biggest challenge is raising the necessary funds to continue the men's shelter and community kitchen while moving forward with opening a women's shelter.  Individuals, churches and businesses are being asked for contributions from all across our or anybody's demographic area.  Name recognition and awareness are very important to the success of any non-profit and due to limited resources we rely a lot on word of mouth.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director David Pettit Shropshire
Term Start Sept 2016
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 150
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 66%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Description We provided housing for men who do not have any other place to go due to financial issues or drug and alcohol related issues
Budget 60% of resource
Category Housing, General/Other Homeless Shelter
Population Served Males, Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers, Homeless
Program Short Term Success It is impossible to measure the results of this program but we fell every success story is a victory.
Program Long term Success Some of those that are homeless will use us as an opportunity to get their lives back
Program Success Monitored By We know our system is working when people become independent and we know that they are moving successfully moving forward with their lives.
Examples of Program Success People that have left and are now living on their own and are drug and alcohol free.
Description At present time, there is not an emergency women's homeless shelter in Scott County and there is a strong need for such a program.  At them men's shelter we get several calls and drop ins each week asking if we take in women and children or do we know of a place where they can go.
Budget 0%
Category Housing, General/Other Homeless Shelter
Population Served Females, Families, Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Program Short Term Success Have not started the program yet
Program Long term Success Have not started the program yet
Program Success Monitored By Have not started the program yet
Examples of Program Success Have not started the program yet
Description One of the key objectives of the Gathering Place is to provide hot meals to those in the community who would not otherwise have a hot meal.  We average serving 30 people per day.  In 2015, we served 10,900 meals. Through September of this year, we have served approximately 9,000 meals.  We rely on the generosity of those in the community to provide the food and servers for the meal.  
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Hunger Action
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Families, Families
Program Short Term Success The best way to improve this program is the spreading of the word to those in need and sharing the word to those in the community who volunteer their time and resources.  We would like to continue growing to being able to serve two meals each day. 
Program Long term Success This program has been a major part of the objective of the Mission since 2011 and the number of meals served each year continues to grow.
Program Success Monitored By Success is monitored by the increase in number of volunteers and the number of people we are feeding each day.
Program Comments
CEO Comments The major challenges revolves around having the necessary funding to continue providing the serves that we are committed to providing.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $74,100.00
Projected Expenses $70,326.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$67,755$69,992$30,592
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$1,083$3,008--
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$39,422$43,034$23,985
Administration Expense$27,395$29,808$16,613
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.001.30
Program Expense/Total Expenses59%59%59%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$32,048$29,055$35,832
Current Assets$28,542$23,780$32,326
Long-Term Liabilities$3,506----
Current Liabilities$2,088$1,116$874
Total Net Assets$29,960$27,939$3,495
Form 990s
2015 Form 990
2014 Form 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Raise money for our emergency women's shelter we are planning on opening
Goal $25,000.00
Dates Nov 2016 to June 2017
Amount Raised To Date 2000 as of Nov 2016
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments We do not have audited financials other than what is done by CPA for tax purposes.  We will be more than happy to provide yearly financials for review plus 990 forms for review.
Foundation Staff Comments This organization filed the 990N in 2013, which contains no financial information. Financials for 2013 were provided by the organizations. Numbers are unaudited.
Address 339 BOURBON ST
GEORGETOWN , KY 403241877
Primary Phone 502 570-4711
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director David Pettit Shropshire
Board Chair Ashley Tackett-Evans
Board Chair Company Affiliation Volunteer