About Us

The Gathering Together provides relief for poor, distressed and under-equipped individuals and families by offering shelter, care, nurturing and support for end-of-life guests and their families at no charge. We help the dying gain peace and help caregivers with the assistance they need to continue to engage with and care for their loved ones when decline in health increases the difficulty and demand on families that they often do not feel equipped to handle.

We also offer the local community a place to get involved with a purpose through activities like crafts, classes, gardening, support and bereavement groups and the opportunity to use available space for other community events.

Rita Fiorentino, a hospice nurse from San Francisco, California, founded The Gathering Together in 2002.


  • Indiana Business Journal nominated THE GATHERING TOGETHER founder Rita Fiorentino as the 2010 Health Care Hero. Rita received the award March 5, 2010
  • The Step Above Award presented by Plainfield Woman’s Club for being ‘A step above others in giving their time and talent with unselfish dedication in making the community a better place to give’ to Rita Fiorentino 2007
  • Home Magazine and Bank of America bestowed the The Home Shelter Award to ‘Local Hero’, Rita Fiorentino 2005.
  • Community Improvement Award presented by Plainfield Plus to Rita Fiorentino 2004

Board of Directors

Pamela Altmeyer Alvey, President
Georgia Jones, Vice President
Sarah Killion, Secretary
Eloise Valient, President Emeritus
Kate Anderson
Jodi Smith
Brad DuBois, President Elect
Emily Giesel
Joan Effinger
Abigail Baker
Kevin Houghey
Matthew Feltrop
James Higgins

Legal Information

The Gathering Together is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) organization, in Plainfield, Indiana.

The services provided at The Gathering Together do not further a religious cause and are non-discriminatory based upon race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, citizenship status, genetic information, veteran status or any other category protected by law.