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Currently more than 300 people live in homelessness in the Durham/Chapel Hill area. Open Table Ministry serves more than 100 of these men and women individually each week, in varying ways according to individual needs and goals. Open Table Ministry meets people where they are, whether in the streets, in the woods, in the hospital, or at a shared meal to help address various life and health issues, offering hope for a life of long-term health and wholeness. By providing spiritual and social support, through motivational interviewing, evidence-based best practices and Continuum of Care partnerships with service providers, OTM seeks the best possible outcome for each individual. 

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We provide our friends with short-term help like clothing and emergency shelter, help them get crucial medical care, and guide them through the many layers of bureaucracy required in gaining long-term housing. For many of our clients we bridge the gap between homelessness on the streets and a productive life. We enter into friendship with them, sharing weekly meals and creating a supportive community.

What does Open Table Ministry do? Services we provide regularly include:

  • Emergency shelter

  • Clothing, furnishings, and other practical items

  • Work boots, shoes, and uniforms required in order to gain employment

  • A weekly healthy meal to develop and maintain relationships and learn specific needs

  • Advocacy and assistance with housing process

  • Referrals to public housing authority (documented referrals are required)

  • Documentation of homeless status (required for access to county system resources)

  • Obtaining lost or stolen identification cards (required for access to most long-term homeless shelters)

  • Transportation to appointments via bus passes and personal rides

  • Homelessness diversion through transportation to other cities and rent/utility assistance

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