The Gathering Place, located at 7 N. Congress St. in Athens, Ohio, is a nonresidential community peer support program for adults who have experienced trauma, mental illness, addiction or other mental health issues. We have a proud history of a program started in 1976 by patients released from the state psychiatric hospital and by concerned members of the community. It is a member led organization that helps and encourages persons who have lived experience by enhancing personal development and wellbeing and fostering community involvement.

The availability and helpfulness of staff, volunteers and members make The Gathering Place a unique program. Our membership group possesses a wealth of knowledge, skills, and emotional responsiveness, our participants can get help with problems that range from automotive repairs to emotional crises. Staff, volunteers and members also work together to plan and implement many services and programming. Even if you have never been identified with a mental health condition, and you have been feeling anxiety or depression, you are welcome to visit The Gathering Place for support!

The Gathering Place provides:

  • Recreational and social opportunities
  • Linkage to health and social services and other community resources
  • A homelike atmosphere
  • Vocational and meaningful activity support

The Gathering Place supports:

  • Good physical and mental health habits
  • Daily living skills

The Gathering Place is typically open every day of the year to ensure the continuity and availability that is necessary for participants to lead fulfilling and successful lives. Monday – Saturday from 9am-7pm and Sundays from 12pm-6pm.


Participation at The Gathering Place is open to any person with a mental health condition or co-occurring substance use disorder who has a sincere interest in working toward recovery. If you or someone you know is eligible for our program, please stop by for a visit!