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
Addressing Your Questions
Stories of Success
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 paid to Open Table.

Through UMFS, 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 from Open Table 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. Through UMFS, 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 step to bring Open Table to your church, or to ask Open Table a question, access their online form here.

Addressing Your Questions

Open Table provides answers to your frequently asked 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?
Costs are set by Open Table, and all money is paid directly to Open Table by the licensing organization. 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 from 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,
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.
 

More FAQs can be found here.

Staying Connected

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Download Partnership Information

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