At Open Table Nashville, we believe that in order to break cycles of poverty and homelessness, we must first understand these cycles. We also believe that it is possible to engage issues of homelessness in meaningful, sustainable, and justice-oriented ways. If you have any questions about our education programs, please email

Speaking Engagements

If you are interested in scheduling a speaking engagement to learn more about Open Table Nashville and how you can be involved, you can fill out this form.


Open Table Nashville training sessions are interactive, taught by seasoned outreach workers, centered in evidence-based practices like Trauma-Informed Care, and framed with a systemic analysis. They also center the voices and stories of people who have been or are currently experiencing homelessness. Trainings range from beginner to advanced, general to specific.

Fall/Winter 2023 Training Schedule

Trauma-Informed De-Escalation Training

September 28, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM | City Road United Methodist Church

If you serve in an environment like an overnight shelter, a soup kitchen, or other places where people who have experienced stressful circumstances congregate, you know that it doesn’t take much for tensions to rise and situations to escalate. This training will better equip you to understand what is happening before and during escalations, to be prepared with intervention strategies, and to feel more equipped to step in and assist. Not only is this training interactive, but it is also steeped in evidence-based practices like Trauma-Informed Care and operates in an anti-oppression framework.

Winter Outreach Training

November 2, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | City Road United Methodist Church

As the temperature drops, learn how you can help prevent cold weather deaths and injuries. This training will better equip you to engage and support our friends on the streets during winter, to help with outreach canvassing efforts on the coldest nights, to recognize and respond to injuries and illnesses like hypothermia and frostbite, and to better navigate the winter shelter system.