United As 1
Restore Hope, Rebuild Lives,
and End Homelessness
We support at-risk and unsheltered individuals in Rhode Island.
A Nonprofit Organizlation Helping the Homeless Community
At Gather Together United As 1, we offer support for at-risk and unsheltered people in Providence, Rhode Island and its surrounding areas. From toiletries to housing, we aim to provide them with all their basic needs.
Our founder and chief executive officer (CEO), Alexandrea Gonzalez, was born in Providence, Rhode Island. She grew up in a dysfunctional family where she had to bounce around between parents and grandparents since her mom and dad suffered from drug addiction and mental illness.
After a devastating beginning, it was no wonder that her early years as an adult were filled with pain and suffering. This led to her own battles with drugs and living rough. However, in 2014, Alexandrea realized that she had to leave her home state to save her own life. She had heard of a program in Denver, Colorado that sounded promising. That is where she put all her hope in.
Since returning to her home state, she has been able to use her life experiences to persevere and become a catalyst for change in the homeless community. She was now seeing the issues and solutions through a different lens. Alexandrea knew that she has not only the perspective but also the obligation to help the people she left behind.
Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director
From 2018 to 2020, she worked with the Rhode Island Coalition for the homeless as a leader of their speakers' bureau. She was featured as the keynote speaker for the Rhode Island Homes 2020 Legislation Event, as well as the MAE Organization for the Homeless 2017 Rags to Riches Gala. There she was presented with a Citizen Citation from the mayor of Providence. She has also participated in community projects with Brown University and the Department of Health and was featured on a TV show called Reflections.
Now, Alexandrea is the executive director of the Autumn Rise Foundation Inc. based in Rochester, New York. Autumn Rise is a women-based organization. Their mission is to help women rise above adversities and encourage them to increase their socioeconomic status.
Anqesha Murray, our Executive Director, is a native of Rochester, New York, where she received her associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and Biology from Monroe Community College in 2014. She then graduated from the University of Rochester with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with a concentration in microbiology and immunology and a minor in American Sign Language and dance. After which, she attended Brown University as an NIH post-baccalaureate research education program (PREP) scholar in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology.
She is currently a graduate student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), pursuing her doctorate of philosophy in biology. Her research includes studying microbiology, synthetic biology, and chemical engineering.
Chief Marketing officer
Anqesha currently serves as the executive director of GTUA1 and the national liaison of the Graduate Women in Science - New York Capital Region Chapter. She is the founder and CEO of Nacree Laboratories, LLC (DBA Nacrée) and the Autumn Rise Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) women-centered, educational, and charitable nonprofit organization created to spread awareness about the daily challenges women face.
Our dear Tarshire Battle holds a master’s in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University’s School of Medicine. She also has a master’s in Public Administration from Northeastern University.
She currently works as a mental health discharge planner at Rhode island’s Department of Corrections. Tarshire does this while managing the social enterprise venture, Roots 2Empower. It is an agriculture and small business training program for formerly incarcerated and unsheltered individuals in the urban core of Rhode Island.
Aside from being the treasurer of Gather Together United As One, Tarshire is a community organizer and is involved in organizing various groups such as RI Poor People’s Campaign, Renew RI, RI Reclaim, and the Formerly Incarcerated Union.
Chief Financial Officer / Director of Grants and Philanthropy