An Open Table in Ohio
What is Open Table?
Relationship and social capital:
the core of human development,
the core of Open Table.
How much relational and social capital do 20 people have?
At Open Table we develop and train models that allow communities to organize and invest their relational and social capital. These community assets are renewable, sustainable, and transformational.
Open Table is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit training organization. Open Table develops models that train people from an array of community sectors — including business, education, faith communities, healthcare and others — to organize and co-invest their abundant and sustainable relational and social capital in individuals with complex needs and solutions to daunting social challenges.
The Core Table™ Model
A group of volunteers developing long-term, reciprocal relationships with an individual or family. Core Tables meet weekly to share friendship and access social networks to support implementation of the Friend’s Life Plan.
The Network Table™ Model
A group of volunteers creating access to community relational and social capital to empower people with complex needs to achieve one priority goal they could not realize on their own. Each Network Table serves 25-50 individuals or families in a year.
Federal, state and county agencies and grantees are implementing Open Table and Community Convening to support individuals and families through the sustainable relational and social capital in their communities.
The Open Table evidence base is conclusive about the positive effects of social and relational capital applied at the individual or family level. Studies show that functioning levels of the individual or family, the Table volunteers, and the community are all transformed by the process.
of young adults/families remained in relationship with their Table members.
of the graduates had a better job and/or were in college or technical school after their Table experiences ended.
of respondents reported that they were optimistic about their future ability to be self-supported.