The Get Together began as a series of conversations between board members of The Gathering of Men and Barbara Elliott, President of the Center for Renewal in 2002. The Gathering was exploring ways to encourage service to Christ-centered ministries among their members.
After almost a year of discussions about the needs of grassroots, community based ministries and how business people could effectively come along side and serve them, a meeting was set up between several representatives of The Gathering of Men and Sylvia Bolling, Founder and Executive Director of Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. in July 2003. From that meeting came a list of Aldine Y.O.U.T.H.’s needs and a number of ideas on how this group of businessmen could meet them.
Monthly meetings of The Get Together began in August 2003 with about a dozen business people meeting over lunch to discuss ways to meet Aldine Y.O.U.T.H.’s needs through their contacts with those who could offer expertise in a variety of fields and provide in-kind donations. Since then, The Get Together has adopted 11 additional partner ministries and membership has expanded to 300 business people and ministry representatives.
In Fall 2005, the Hunters’ Harvest committee was formed comprised of men who utilize their skill, expertise and love of hunting and fishing to feed hungry people served by Houston area non-profit organizations. To date, HH has provided 168,000 lbs. of meat to organizations feeding the hungry.
The Get Together Northwest began in 2008, serving business people and ministries in Northwest Houston. In 2013, The Get Together will launch chapters in Brazoria County and the Bay Area.
Through the Get Together network, $2.6 million in in-kind donations of goods and professional services have been provided to ministries across Texas. In addition, over 8,000 hours of volunteer service has been given to these ministries.