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Igniting human potential is simple:

Relationship.

Intellectual and social capital:

the core of human development,

the core of Open Table.

Rather than investing their old clothes, Table members invest what they have learned on their life journeys and connect to their personal networks in their congregations and community to bring skill building, services and door opening to the plan.

Open Table’s faith-based model draws together the community and relationship life of congregations around the country. It provides technical support, training, structure, process.

Each Table is composed of a group of volunteers that make a year-long commitment to act–through relationship—as a team of life specialists, encouragers, and advocates. Over the course of a year, the Table works together to set goals, foster accountability, and implement a plan to create change.

95% of Table participants have long term relationships with one or more of their former Table members.

  • “If those of us not experiencing poverty were in danger of falling into it, we would draw on our intellectual and social capital to rebuild. If that works for those of us who could fall into poverty, then why are we sending our used clothes to the poor? Stop sending our used clothes. Start sending ourselves.”

    Jon Katov, Founder and CEO
    Jon Katov, Founder and CEO
  • “Open Table is an invitation for mutual transformation. You walk a thousand miles with a person on their journey, only to realize that you now better understand your own.”

     

    Table Member #2
  • “Before Open Table I didn’t understand that we’re a society of poverty maintenance. We give people in poverty a lot of what they cannot use to move from poverty and very little of what they need to create change.”

    Table Member #1

For Her Children

One Man Movement

Jessica vs. The World

Courtney vs. The World

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