“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.”
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.
A Table undergoes training to serve young adults transitioning out of the juvenile justice system.
Orange County, FL
Local government endorses the work of congregation’s Open Table and demonstrates faith and government in a shared purpose to restore human potential to our communities.
Chautauqua County, NY
A Table serves a survivor of human trafficking.
Saginaw County, MI
A Table redefines the relationship between faith and government as a congregation partners with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) to transform families and young adults experiencing poverty.
Open Table gets its start in 2005 when a Methodist youth group collides with a man living in homelessness, Ernie. He and Open Table's founder have remained in caring relationship and friendship for 10 years. Other Phoenix Tables are expanding the model to serve Brothers and Sisters who are: men learning to be fathers, homeless young adults, female and male veterans.
A Sister served by a Table now serves as a Table member. Church launches its 20th Table.
Tables serve our Brothers and Sisters who are living HIV+ and in poverty.
The American Institutes for Research provides technical support and evaluation to the Open Table model.
Council Bluffs, IA
A Table serves a young adult who had only known prison since he turned 18.
Dr. John VanDenBerg, pioneer of Wraparound model, completes research with Open Table 2013 graduates: 95% say they remain in relationship with Table members up to two years after their Table completed.
Aliquippa congregations launch Open Table as a community initiative serving families in poverty.
Federal Way First church in Washington state is in launch process!
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