The Gathering Place provides adult day and home care to promote empowerment, independence and quality of life for elders, adults with disabilities and their caregivers. We are dedicated to fostering collaborative community partnerships.
We treat clients and family members with respect, compassion, and regard for their dignity and individuality. We adhere to ethical and professional standards of care, confidentiality and accountability in our work and relationships.
In 1987 the Council on Aging for Southeastern Vermont received funding from the State to conduct a feasibility study to plan an Adult Day program in the Brattleboro area to serve Windham County. In 1989 The Gathering Place (TGP) opened its doors as a program of the Council on Aging for Southeastern Vermont (COASEV). The first Center opened with two (2) staff, and served six (6) families three days a week.
By 1990, the Center was serving 26 families and had an average daily census of 6.5. By 1992, TGP had grown and was serving 45 families and averaging 10.2 participants per day. Over the years our census grew exponentially and in 1993 TGP incorporated as a stand-alone 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization.
Our original location was the recreation room at Hilltop House but growing enrollments indicated a need for our own facility. With steady growth in FY 2000 TGP moved to Brattleboro West Plaza, sharing a facility with C&S Wholesalers. The board and staff recognized that the growth would continue and began planning the next move with hopes of a TGP owned facility.
In October 2001, with the support of our Board, community, a grant from the State of Vermont, and a low interest mortgage, the TGP purchased its site in Brattleboro from the Eagles.
The lovely 1800’s Victorian building located on 30 Terrace Street renovation was generously funded through USDA, a grant by Thomas Thompson Trust, matched by local businesses and community members as well as “in-kind” donations from the Board, staff and volunteers, which helped lessen the construction costs. TGP proudly moved into its own facility at 30 Terrace Street in March 2002.
Over the years, there were many repairs and updates to meet the changing needs of those attending the Center. In January of 2015, TGP lost approximately 60% of the building due to water damage.
The damage fast tracked a significant expansion that was in the preliminary planning stages. The community of Brattleboro, the Tarrant Foundation, Thompson Trust, VT Community Foundation, Ellen Willard Trust, The Board of Directors and staff went to work. Westfield Construction and the generosity of three anonymous donors made the renovation and expansion to utilize the building more effectively happen quickly. The result is that our Brattleboro location now boasts 7,200 square feet of beautiful space that includes a rehab kitchen, additional space for exercise and multiple groups. We are forever grateful for everyone’s help.
In July of 2013, TGP started a pilot program for non-skilled Home Care Services. After just four months, the program expanded and became a Board approved permanent service. Home Care Services include companionship, cooking, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, and assistance with exercise and bathing, and so much more. TGP’s Home Care Services are offered 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
2018 brought about major expansion for The Gathering Place when we opened our Deerfield Valley satellite location in West Dover, Vermont to better meet the needs of the Deerfield Valley. This site would not have been possible without the generosity and support of the Towns of Dover, Wilmington and surround area.
The Gathering Place serves families at two Windham County locations.
Our Brattleboro center is located in a spacious Victorian-era mansion in a community neighborhood.
30 Terrace St
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Our Deerfield Valley satellite center is located in a bright, modern facility, close to outside trails and amenities.
3 Mountain Park Plaza
West Dover, VT 05356
Maggie holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration from Providence College and a Master of Public Administration from Suffolk University. Maggie was trained as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, an Alzheimer’s Association Master Trainer and holds a Nursing Home Administrator’s License. Maggie has over 25 years experience in the administration of programs and services supporting the chronically ill and elders in our community.
Our Board members provide support and guidance to The Gathering Place and serve as our champions in the community.
Andrew Loney, President
Andrew is the President of Westfield Construction, a construction company in Chesterfield, NH. He brings his passion for community service and his expertise to the Board, serving currently as President and in the past as Vice President, and on the Building and Finance Committees.
Amelia Darrow, Vice President
Amelia is a partner at Windham Law, PLC, working with individuals and businesses in the areas of estate planning, elder law, probate administration, real estate, corporations and business law, and intellectual property law. As an elder law attorney, Amelia works with clients to make Advance Directives and Powers of Attorney, trusts and Wills. She practices Medicaid (long term care) planning and with guardianships.
A longtime resident of southern Vermont, Amelia received her juris doctor from Vermont Law School, cum laude. She received her BA in a joint degree from Marlboro College and the School for International Training. With a background in both for-profit and not-for-profit businesses, she brings a depth of real-world experience to her law practice.
Attorney Darrow is a board member of the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce and the Next Stage Arts Project.
Robert “Bob” Crego, Treasurer
Bob has worked in community development for over 30 years, largely working with nonprofits in the areas of strategic and business planning, finance and asset management, program development and management, and grant writing. Over the years, Bob has obtained over $30 million in public and private grant funding, primarily for affordable housing, education and health care-related projects. Bob received a Master of Arts in Teaching Social Studies from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, and a B.A. in History from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY.
Kayla Matuszewski, Secretary
Kayla joins the Gathering Place Board as a local physical therapist doing outpatient and inpatient physical therapy. Kayla received her doctorate of physical therapy in 2016, graduating from the University of Rhode Island. During her time at URI, she was able to travel to Guatemala to provide home health PT and aid in building a new addition to a school for children with disabilities. In Guatemala, Kayla also participated in an enlightening experience at a wheelchair clinic where the locals taught her how they use old parts and pieces to fabricate a custom wheelchair. She was even encouraged to participate in a wheelchair basketball game with some of the locals, a challenging but very fun experience.
This experience amongst others, along with Kayla’a altruism and compassion were catalysts her desire to serve on the Board for the Gathering Place.
Claudette Hollenbeck, Director
Claudette Hollenbeck, a retired Social Worker who had worked in Connecticut and Massachusetts for 30 years, now lives permanently in Wilmington, Vermont. She is currently the President of the Aging in Place Initiative in the Deerfield valley and is a contributing editor to the Deerfield Valley News with a column on senior issues. She is a two time past President of the West River Habitat for Humanity affiliate as well as past President of the Town of Wilmington Housing Committee. She has worked in three states as first a Social Worker and of late as a volunteer in Hospice programs in Norwalk, Ct., Concord, Ma. and Brattleboro, Vt.
Martha Richardson, Director
Martha comes to The Gathering Place Board with a career beginning in nonprofit development and culminating in nonprofit health organization management. She served as director for the Vermont Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society 2000 through 2010, followed by eight years as director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter. She currently serves as Bayada Hospice’s Brattleboro branch director. Working with clients and families to meet their goals of care has been a lifelong passion for Martha.
She has served as a client advocate as a member, then chair of the Vermont Governor’s Commission on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (2010-2018). She also served as a community representative on the Vermont Department of Disabilities Aging and Independent Living Advisory Board (2015-2018).
Dr. Moss Linder, MD, Director
A native of New London, Connecticut, Dr. Moss Linder earned his B.A. from Wesleyan University. He then earned a Master of Science from the University of Texas Medical Branch, in Galveston. He received his medical degree from the University of Vermont and completed a family medicine residency at Oregon Health Services University. Prior to joining Grace Cottage in 1997, Dr. Linder worked as a family physician at the Acoma Cañoncita Laguna Hospital in New Mexico. Dr. Linder is board certified in family medicine.
The Gathering Place is certified by the Vermont Department of Aging and Disabilities (DAIL) and complies with Vermont Standards for Adult Day Services.