Open Table

From TRANSACTIONAL to TRANSFORMATIONAL

Open Table is a transformational model that ignites human potential through relationship.

Through the formation of communities [Tables] members of organizations have the opportunity to transform their vocational and life experiences into tools for our marginalized Sisters and Brothers [Participants]. Each Table is made up of Volunteers that act as life specialists, encouragers, and advocates, developing and implementing plans for their Participant that create change through a one-year commitment.

With this model, you’ll soar past a transactional relationship with someone in need to a transformational one, mutually journeying alongside one another.

Open Table Partnership
Getting Involved
Making a Referral
Addressing Your Questions
Staying Connected

UMFS + Open Table Partnership

UMFS is a proud partner of Open Table, supporting the high fidelity wraparound model as a referral partner and provider of local assistance with Table Volunteers. We believe that resilient adults are built through consistent, wraparound support from unwavering champions within supportive communities.

Together with Open Table, we hope to help our youth and families break out of the cycle of poverty and transform their lives.

For more information about Open Table through UMFS, please contact Kelly Trump at ktrump@umfs.org or 804.353.4461 x1212.

95% of surveyed Table graduates said they are self-supporting at this time, or are confident they will be self-supporting in the future. (More information about this survey and other evidence can be found here.)

Getting Involved

“Open Table gives us the opportunity to adhere to God’s call and share our gifts and the knowledge gleaned from simply living.” – RVA Table member

Serve as an Individual

A mutually transformational relationship.

As a Table member, you’ll share your vocational and life experiences and personal networks with your Table. You’ll meet weekly for an hour and build relationships outside of your formal meetings. Serving as a Table member costs $120.

Tables serve young adults or families in the community who are marginalized. These populations include young people 18 years and up that are about to transition out of foster care or just have, as well as families that have been served by the High Fidelity Wraparound service.

Table members and participants alike report that the Table becomes like a family over the course of the year together. By serving on a Table, not only will you change the life of the participant(s), but they will change your life, too.

If you want to serve on a Table, contact Kelly Trump at ktrump@umfs.org or 804.353.4461 x1212 to be matched with a Table that’s forming in your area.

Serve as a Church

Be a catalyst that breaks the generational cycle of poverty.

Churches can purchase an annual license to use the replicable model to form as many Tables as desired (prices listed in FAQs below). The church will start with one Mission Leader and one Mission Recruiter to launch Open Table. The congregation should wrap the Tables in support throughout the journey. Tables serve young adults or families in the community who are marginalized. These populations include young people 18 years and up that are about to transition out of foster care or just have, as well as families that have been served by the High Fidelity Wraparound service.

Your church will be seen as a front runner in making meaningful contributions to the community, not just offering temporary assistance to long-term problems. Instead, you’ll house a ministry that is “teaching people how to fish” and “changing the pond.”

To take the next steps to bring Open Table to your church, or ask us a question, access our online form here.

Making a Referral

100% of surveyed Table graduates said that overall they “have more optimism about their future and feel like they are headed in the right direction.”

The Referral Process

  1. To refer a Participant to Open Table, the individual’s case manager* will submit the online referral form here.
  2. A UMFS representative will contact the case manager when there is a potential Table in their area. The candidate will sign a release form with the case manager. 
  3. The staff representative will send the case manager the online Readiness Survey. The case manager will administer this survey to the candidate. The results will be sent back to the representative. 
  4. When received, the representative will contact the case manager to convey the candidate’s readiness or if it’s recommended that the candidate wait another 6 months. 
  5. If found ready, the candidate will be presented to a local Table for matching. Tables have the ultimate say who they want to serve so that it best matches with the Table members and mission of the church.  

*If the candidate does not already have a case manager, he/she can seek one from The Daily Planet.

Note: Although no formal background checks are required, the candidate may elect to do so, and such information may help matching with Tables. 

Addressing Your Questions

Is this just for churches?
Any organization, business, or faith of any religion can choose to form a Table. Cross-community Tables are also encouraged to help the Table members connect with their communities in new and transforming ways. Open Table does not proselytize, so the Participant does not need to be religious.
 
 
How much does it cost?
The church/organization pays Open Table $500 per year if it’s under a thousand members, and $1,000 per year if it’s over a thousand members. Additionally, each Table member pays or raises $120 to be paid before joining the Table. However, scholarships fro Open Table may be available if this cost is prohibitive to an organization licensing or forming a Table. 
 
What does the money pay for?
It pays for training for Mission Leaders and Table members, membership to 
BaseCamp, online forum for Table member communication, resources, technical and administrative consulting support, psychological readiness survey for Sisters and Brothers, outcome measures and reports, etc.  
 
As a Table member, how much time is required?
Volunteering as a Mission Leader takes approximately 5 hours per week until the table starts, then approximately 2 hours a week. Volunteering as a Table Member takes approximately 1-5 hours per week for a year for Table meetings, then ongoing time is required to support the Participant(s) in relationship as needed. 
 
 
How many Volunteers are on a table?
6-8 people serve an individual; 10-12 people serve a family.
 

Staying Connected

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Download Program Information

Program Brochure – Volunteer
Program Brochure – Candidate
Training and Quarterly Meeting Dates
Working with Open Table Through UMFS
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