Register for Open Table Meetings
Join us for additional workshops for parishes and individuals interested in Open Table ministry. Open Table is a program that transforms a community one life at a time. About six to 12 volunteers create a committee that focuses on helping one person seek an important goal such as seeking employment or acquiring a home. This ministry aids those in transition by providing them with small group support and accountability. The volunteers serve as a board of directors and the person being helped is considered the CEO, who creates a plan for their life.
The following meetings are scheduled at Trinity Episcopal Church at 12727 Hillcrest Road in Dallas.
Re-entry population: This workshop focusing on how to help those getting released from incarceration. The presentation will discuss application of the Open Table model to a re-entry population, barriers to success, solutions, safety, processes and faith community recruitment. This two-day program is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28-29 at Trinity in Dallas.
Other populations: This workshop focuses on helping those who are homeless, working poor, immigrants, refugees, youth in transition from foster care, parishioners in need of support, etc. This workshop will also explain what the next steps to get the program activated in a parish. This one-day workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 29 at Trinity in Dallas.
Open Table Exploration: This one-hour overview class is offered twice, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., on April 28 and on April 29 at Trinity in Dallas. Those interested should sign up for one day only, since the material is the same for both days. This will be an introductory overview of the program.
Examples of Open Table experiences have included someone who worked toward getting employment and housing. Another needed help getting a drivers license and purchasing a car. Others have helped youth transitioning from foster care to independent living, while some groups have focused on prisoners exiting the system and are trying to get their footing back in the real world. Each person accepted into the program receives a team of six to 12 volunteers who commit for at least one year in bringing life experiences and social connections to help the individual grow and reach their goals, which then leads to a transforming experience for all involved.