14390647_1456908747669248_9124164324486818140_nOur work at Open Table Nashville would not be possible without the financial support of the individuals, community, and organizational partners who share the vision and work we do.

In case you’ve ever wondered what it is that we actually do at OTN, here is a numerical overview of some major victories in 2017:

Outreach calls responded to: 14,606
Emergency meals and food boxes delivered: 807
Meetings with friends to work toward housing or resources: 4,348
Hospital visits: 165
Camping supplies given: 2,254
Bus passes given: 940
People receiving first aid care: 419
Birth certificates ordered: 106
New state IDs acquired: 63
Transport to & advocacy at appointments: 1,617
People who attended OTN trainings or educational sessions: 6,101
Friends who entered treatment/rehab programs: 18
Home visits with newly housed friends: 606
Total volunteer & intern hours donated: 8,861

And finally, we moved 67 PEOPLE into permanent housing and helped 30 people retain their housing in 2017! In this bleak and rapidly shrinking affordable/low-income housing climate, each small victory requires our friends (and us as allies) to fight an uphill battle, every step of the way. Going into 2018, we are still desperate for landlords who accept Section 8 vouchers, who are committed to keeping Nashville affordable, and some who can be flexible with background issues as our friends try to make a fresh start. If you are such a person or have leads, please email lauren@opentablenashville.org to get connected in ending homelessness in our community.

We look around us and can’t help but give thanks for all the people who have fought alongside us –– those who have supported OTN and our friends with their time and money, cried with us on the dark days, and celebrated with us every time the light broke through again. For each of these gifts, big and small, for the beautiful people who teach us about justice and hospitality everyday, and for each person that makes this work possible, we thank you for sharing the journey.

If you’re interested in sustaining OTN by becoming a monthly donor or giving a one-time gift, we invite you to do so here.

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To view our detailed financials on GivingMatters.com, CLICK HERE.