Open Table Nashville is committed to relational outreach with folks who are experiencing homelessness, which means we seek out and accompany the most vulnerable unhoused individuals and families, advocating with them and creatively networking available resources to open up opportunities for housing and other critical services.
Our day-to-day outreach activities start with meeting people where they are—geographically, mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually—and working with them to form trusting relationships. From there, we help folks navigate complex social services systems so they can obtain needed resources like:
- ID/Driver’s license
- Birth certificate
- Social security card
- SNAP benefits
- Camping supplies
- Mental & physical health care
- Substance abuse treatment
- Transitional and permanent housing
- Referrals to other programs
That being said, we don’t keep outreach office hours. Rather, we work from our cars, downtown, at camps, in hospitals, or anywhere else we find people struggling with homelessness.
Beyond these material resources, we also seek to cultivate relationships marked by trust and solidarity where those who have been marginalized, forgotten, or abandoned can enter into a supportive community as they journey toward stability and wholeness.