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Open Table Ministry seeks out and guides people experiencing homelessness and poverty toward long-term health and wholeness by building ongoing trusting relationships, meeting practical and personal needs, making connections to community resources, and bridging critical gaps in the social services system.
Since 2010 Open Table Ministry has been helping our friends experiencing homelessness and poverty in Durham by providing clothing, emergency shelter, food, prescription medicines, and guidance through the many layers of bureaucracy required in gaining long-term housing. For many of our clients we bridge the gap between homelessness on the streets and a productive life. We enter into friendship, sharing weekly meals and creating a supportive community.
Services we provide regularly include temporary emergency shelter; clothing, furnishings, and other practical items; work boots, uniforms, and other equipment needed to gain and maintain employment; a weekly healthy meal to develop relationships and learn specific needs; and advocacy and advocacy and assistance with the housing process. Last year we helped more than 40 individuals in Durham gain permanent housing--that's more than 10% of Durham's total homeless population!