The Gathering Place: Pleasanton
5167 Johnson Drive, Pleasanton, CA 94588
Send general communications, grant funds and donations to: AFS Administration Office, 1421 Guerneville Rd, Suite 218 Santa Rosa, CA 95403
TGP Pleasanton Office: (925) 474-2154
Fax Number: (925) 474-2156
Hours of Operation
Tuesday – Thursday, 9:00am – 8:00pm
Friday – Saturday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday – Monday, Closed
How to Get to The Gathering Place – Pleasanton
The Gathering Place in Pleasanton is located near both the 580 and 680 freeways, and has a free parking lot. The closest bus lines are the Wheelsbus 8 and 54 lines, and the closest train station is the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station.
What is The Gathering Place?
The Gathering Place is a collaborative project among Alternative Family Services (AFS), Alameda County Social Services Agency and Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services. The Gathering Place provides a safe, comfortable, family-friendly environment where referred parents and children who have been separated can complete their visits and receive a range of services including therapeutic, supervised and observed visits. The Gathering Place is committed to maintaining family attachments during the difficult period of separation. It seeks to eliminate obstacles to visitation while promoting positive family interaction.
Levels of Services:
There are three core services provided by The Gathering Place.
- Therapeutic visits focus on improving family functioning, promoting positive parent-child interactions, reducing the impact of separation and improving parenting skills. Visits are guided by trained clinicians. Children referred for this service must be Alameda County dependents with Full-Scope Medi-Cal and meet eligibility requirements for EPSDT services.
- Supervised visits are managed by trained Support Counselors. Some activities may include: direct observation, supportive feedback and practice of positive parenting skills. Individual sessions with parents can be scheduled to debrief, review, and practice parenting skills that are utilized during visits.
- Observed visits are the least restrictive services offered. Support Counselors periodically observe families throughout the visit. The Support Counselor is available to collaborate with parents to prepare for visits, provide feedback and guidance, answer questions and debrief after sessions.
The Gathering Place also includes age-appropriate visiting rooms for infants, toddlers, teens and families; meals and snacks available for families during visits; family access to park and play areas; and center and community-based visitation experiences and opportunities.