Open Table Ministry seeks out and guides those experiencing homelessness and poverty to long-term health and wholeness by building ongoing trusting relationships, meeting practical and personal needs, making connections to community resources, and bridging critical gaps in the social services system.


At Open Table Ministry, we are intentional about befriending, building strong relationships with and serving the homeless members of our community who are pushed aside, living unsheltered, often to be unnoticed, disregarded or ignored.  




Our work could not be done without the support of the following congregations, groups, donors, and local businesses:

Thank you for partnering with us!


Carolyn Schuldt

Executive Director 

Carolyn is an Ordained Deacon in Full Connection in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Meredith College (2006) and a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School (2009). She has completed three units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Duke and Wake Medical Centers and additional graduate work in Adult Health and Mental Health at UNC Chapel Hill. She lives in Durham with her dog, Lefty. She is mother to three lovely daughters and enjoys eight grandchildren.     ​


Our Current Board of Directors

Jennifer Mario, Board Chair
Mary Hall, Vice-Chair
Suzanne Cross, Treasurer
Dori Mikszta, Secretary

David Chen

Stacy McCauley

Russell Odom

Deb Rentfrow

Mark Scruggs

Blake Stansell

Vera Stewart

If you are interested in being considered for Board leadership, please contact Exec. Director Carolyn Schuldt at carolyn.schuldt@opentableministry.org.


Come join us our team! Other than one paid staff member, Open Table Ministry relies entirely on the kindness and actions of our volunteers.There are many ways to volunteer to help the homeless through Open Table Ministry.

At the moment, we have a strong need for volunteers who can work at our Free Store distributing clothing and other items anywhere from once a month to twice a week; we also need churches and other groups to sign up to provide Monday lunches in 2018. Please contact us or attend a Monday lunch to learn more about how you can help.


Phone: (919) 412-7011

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Open Table Ministry is located at

215 N. Church Street, Durham NC 27701.

Our mailing address is PO Box 51363, Durham NC 27717.

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