We would like to thank you for the article about The Gathering Place in your Mid-Coast edition.
I want to reiterate a point made in the interview, but which did not appear in the story. That point is that The Gathering Place is not at all “the brainchild “of three individuals. It is the result of leadership, collaboration and support from eight area churches, as well as from the Brunswick Area Interfaith Council. Of especial importance is the generosity of the Brunswick Seventh Day Adventist Church, which has generously allowed The Gathering Place to use their community service center.
While many of the social service agencies in the area receive some of their support from local churches, the Gathering Place is unusual in that it receives 100 percent of its funding from churches and individual donors, and none from state or federal or other public sources. In an era of shrinking federal and state budgets, such leadership and support from the faith community for all kinds of programs will become ever more critical if services are to be provided to those who cannot otherwise afford them. Federal and state funds will continue to shrink, and the faith community will have to fill the gap. This is the significance of the leadership shown by the churches in the case of the Gathering Place. To ignore this is to miss a very critical aspect of what is happening in our society.
The Gathering Place