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Indiana Interchurch Center - Krannert Hall

1100 West 42nd Street

Indianapolis, IN 46208

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Stephanie Berry from The Open Table will present an introduction to The Open Table model of addressing poverty, including those experiencing homelessness. The Open Table is currently being used in 28 states, including rural communities in Indiana, with great success. We believe it will be a great tool for the faith-based community in Indianapolis to work together in helping friends experiencing homelessness to find stability in their life.

Open Table trains congregations and their members, through the Open Table Model, to form communities – called Tables - that transform the vocational and life experiences of members into tools our Brothers and Sisters (the friends transitioning out of homelessness) can use to develop and implement plans that create change. The Open Table process is a catalyst for the collaboration of faith communities, government, universities, businesses, and non-profits working through a shared purpose model to move themselves and their communities from a transactional relationship with our Brothers and Sisters to one of transformation.

While congregation members join Tables to help others, they soon realize they are changed forever by the relationships they create through missional community. Through the Open Table, relationship is mutual: love, healing, purpose, faith, and transformation given by each other for each other. God gives everyone human potential and the Open Table model allows us all to use it to give lives of meaning to each other.

You will learn about:

  • History and practice of the Open Table model
  • Transaction vs. Transformation
  • Open Table model with Transition Age Youth
  • Theory of Change
  • Outcome research
  • Training and Implementation support
  • Testimonies from changed lives
  • How your congregation can participate


Light refreshments will be provided at each session.

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