Open Table Nashville’s incredible work in the community happens because of the financial support of individuals, congregations, organizations, and foundations who share the vision and work we do. While monetary donations keep us going, in-kind donations of furniture, hygiene products, clothes, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, socks, towels, sheets, tarps, tents, water, and many other items also help us stay in operation and provide for our friends’ basic needs, especially those still waiting on permanent housing and those who have just moved in.
Don’t forget to visit our initiatives page to learn more about the work we’re doing across the city!
Here’s a little bit of what we were up to in 2016. . .
Unique outreach calls responded to: 1,925
Emergency meals and food boxes delivered: 1,480
Meetings with friends to work toward housing or resources: 4,236
Hospital visits: 331
Camping supplies given: 1,648
Bus passes given: 931
People receiving first aid care: 325
Birth certificates ordered: 115
New state IDs acquired: 48
Transport to & advocacy at appointments: 2,263
People who attended OTN trainings or educational sessions: 3,550
Friends who entered treatment/rehab programs: 45
Overnight resource or warming shelters: 101
Home visits with newly housed friends: 725
Total volunteer hours donated: 8,236
And finally, we moved 112 PEOPLE into permanent housing in 2016! Even amid a bleak and rapidly shrinking affordable/low-income housing market, we still housed more people than any previous year in our history. In this climate, each small victory requires our friends (and us as allies) to fight an uphill battle, every step of the way. Going into 2017, we are 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
If you’re ready to join us in this amazing work, please consider making a financial contribution today.
Checks may be mailed to:
Open Table of Nashville, Inc.
PO Box 110266
Nashville, TN 37222
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