The Global Gathering Place began in the summer of 1998 as a pilot project at First Mennonite Church. In October of that same year, the doors officially opened. We began with a small group of volunteers and no financial support, working out of a free room under the umbrella of the Mennonite Central Committee.
The Global Gathering Place has transformed over the years. We have become an integral part of our ever-changing community and known as a drop-in centre for immigrants and refugees in Saskatoon. Back in 1998, when our journey began in the church basement offering English language support and introducing the community of Saskatoon to 30 people from different parts of the world, little did we know that in 22 years’ time we would play an important role in the lives of thousands of immigrants and refugees from almost every part of the world.
We pride ourselves on our ability to provide personalized service. We know our clients; we understand their needs, their fears, and their goals. No one is ever a number at the Global Gathering Place. We build lasting relationships with our clients; when the time comes and their need to access our services comes to an end, many clients maintain contact with our organization and with our staff and volunteers. In many cases they return as volunteers, or provide referrals to friends and family, provide financial assistance in the form of donations, and promote our programs to the community.