Open Table Nashville is committed to relational outreach which involves journeying with un-housed and precariously housed individuals and families, being a consistent presence in the homeless community, advocating with the marginalized, and creatively networking available resources.
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 licenses, birth certificates, social security cards, SNAP benefits, transportation, clothing, camping supplies, mental & physical health care, employment, substance abuse treatment, counseling, transitional and permanent housing, and Housing Retention services.
We don’t keep outreach office hours. Rather, we work from our cars, in downtown areas, at camps, inside hospitals, or anywhere else we find people struggling with homelessness. We 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. To provide our outreach workers with the time and space necessary to work with our friends to complete essential steps in securing permanent housing, we host bimonthly Resource Shelters.
Because we spend so much time in the field and seek to focus our attention to those who fall through the cracks of other services, we aren’t often able to take many referrals for housing navigation from other agencies. However, we are always happy to brainstorm about options and resources at our Resource Line.