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.
- Table Member #1
“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
“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
Congregations have launched Tables
in 20+ states and 120+ cities and communities.
Poverty invades the beautiful mosaic of humanity.
The movement is doing the work to repair.
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