Open Table at MetroHealthOpen Table's model draws together the potential of relationship and intellectual and social capital of people and communities. Tables are composed of a group of volunteers that make a year-long commitment to act as a team to support a member of the community.
About Open Table
Frequently Asked Questions
The Open Table is a non-profit organization that trains faith communities, community organizations business, government agencies and other sectors to implement the Open Table Model.
What is Open Table?
Open Table’s model draws together the potential of relationship and intellectual and social capital of people and communities. It provides technical support, training, structure and process. Each Table is composed of a group of volunteers that make a year-long commitment to act – through relationship – as a team of life specialists, encouragers and advocates. Over the course of a year, the Table works together to set goals, foster accountability and implement a plan to create change.
Why Open Table at MetroHealth?
As part of its promise to improve the health of the community, The MetroHealth System is adopting the Open Table model and is committed to launching 15 Tables to provide a support system and resources to those in need of creating change in their lives. MetroHealth will be the first health system in the nation to adopt the model and use it on a larger population. A program manager will identify local families in need of support, and community members will be invited to sponsor the Tables. A few Tables will be Spanish-speaking, ensuring those in the Hispanic community around MetroHealth's West 25th Street campus are served.
Each Table will be comprised of six to ten volunteers who will commit to helping a family for one year. They will meet weekly. The group acts as a team of supporters and advocates, using their professional and personal experiences to provide guidance in a non-judgmental space.
Open Table Model
Community partners use the Open Table model to create community and transformation through relationships with individuals and families who are homeless or experiencing poverty, including young adults, veterans, probation/re-entry, survivors of human trafficking, refugees and others. Organizations recruit volunteers who are trained to launch “Tables.” A Table is the platform through which Family Members and organization members enter into relationship. Each Table is composed of a group of volunteers that make.
A year commitment to act as a team of life specialists, encouragers, and advocates for individuals and families experiencing poverty or other life challenges. The Table members, together with the individual or family being served, establish goals, accountability, and develop an overall implementation plan. Table members network in their organizations and the community for resources to support the plan.
For those interested in the Open Table Model but are unable to serve, there are other opportunities for involvement. Open Table allows members in the community to “sponsor” a volunteer by paying for their table fee. There are also opportunities to volunteer on the Open Table team and become involved in recruitment as well as the further stages of implementation.
To learn more about serving on a MetroHealth Table, please email [email protected].
For more information, visit: https://www.theopentable.org
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