Serve the Homeless at Open Table Kitchen & Urban Garden (Dupont Circle)

Change your world & deepen your faith this Thanksgiving season by helping Open Table serve lunch to the homeless and the poor near Dupont Circle on Sunday afternoon, Nov 17th.  It's only takes about 75 minutes of your time, but it will make a big difference in someone's life! Open Table does more than provide a meal, it welcomes all guests with hospitality, respect, and a safe space as fellow members of God's extended family. 

During this short 75 minute period, volunteers will help prepare a nutritious hot meal, fix sack lunches to go, serve the lunches, and be a comforting presence to about 20 to 25 homeless people who come every week.  Volunteers can do one or all activities.  Finally, you will also meet other volunteers interested in making a positive difference in their world.

RSVP and starting time: please keep your RSVPs up to date, and please show up exactly at 12:30PM, we don't want to tell Open Table we are coming with 12 people and 2 people show up (or everyone is late!).  If we have more than 12 people RSVP, we'll maintain a waiting list (meetup allows you to do that).  As people change their RSVPs, people on the waiting list will move up into the "yes RSVP" column.

Here's a breakdown of the afternoon schedule:

1. 12:30PM: show up to help prepare the sack lunches

2. 1:00PM: hot lunch is served at picnic tables (using some ingredients from the urban garden), sack lunches are picked up for those just dropping by

3. 1:30PM: clean-up

Translate your faith into practical action & Justice: Large portions of the Bible (if you check out the Mosaic Law, the Prophets, and Jesus' teachings) say that God is concerned about the poor and those who struggle, so our community is interested in exploring how we might better serve our community in practical ways.  This project is part of our attempt to put emerging ideas into practice as a Christian community, not just talk about interesting ideas at an abstract level with no practical component or real-life significance (as many have complained about).  If there is interest, we will try and have a monthly service & justice project in the near future that will make a positive difference in our world while helping us foster a more holistic faith in our community.

More information about the concept behind Open Table: Since the mid-1980s, Open Table has offered lunch to the Dupont Circle area homeless and poor on Sunday afternoons. It's a simple program that makes a big difference in many people's lives.  From 1:00-1:30 PM, Open Table serves a simple meal and provides a sack lunch.  In addition to simply giving a meal, we provide our guests with welcome, respect, and a safe space. Open Table is a community effort bringing people and funding together from the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place (CCH/FP), Church of the Pilgrims, Dupont Circle Friends Meeting House, and anyone else from the community.

Bee Farm information: please note that the urban garden has a few small bee boxes that produce honey.  Just an FYI if you are allergic to bees!

Information about Kids: Children are welcome to participate, but parents must closely supervise their children.  There is no outside childcare available, parents are the childcare!

Hope you can join us!

Best, Glenn & Lisa

Directions from Metro: Church of the Pilgrims is about 2 blocks west of the Q Street Exit (that's the north one) of the Dupont Circle Metro Station.  Once you hit 22nd street, go south a block to the sanctuary entrance at P St and 22nd (you'll see the big bell tower).  Now from the bell tower you have to walk along 23rd Street to the back of the church building and past 2 row houses that house local non-profits including Open Table.  At the last row house, go to the front door and meet the others (or if the door is open go inside).  If you are late, perhaps you should go past that last rowhouse driveway on 23rd that leads down into an underground garage. Go past the driveway and you'll see the urban garden in the back and a row house porch.  Go to the porch and people will be in the kitchen preparing the lunches.

About Parking: People can park along 23rd Street up and down the street from where Open Table operates.

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  • LJordan

    It was another good day. Thanks to Kimberly and others for bringing an abundance of items for those who need them. Amen

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Kat T

    What a good afternoon. It was great to meet the new members. I hope we see you again next month and at the other events we talked about. Thanks to everyone. You all are the best!

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Ernest

    It was nice to meet everyone, and Kat's chili was the bomb!!!

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Kimberly

    It was good as always to fellowship and serve. Thanks to everyone for the lending a hand and a heart. Special thanks to Earnest and Kene who gave so generously that we already have a monty pot to purchase goodies for next month! Namaste

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I threw out my back and am bed bound today. I will definitely be there next time.

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Kimberly

    I'm looking forward to the opportunity to serve and the fellowship on Sunday. I was wondering if we could try a little something. Everyone isn't a cook (like myself) but everyone wants to be as helpful as possible, even if we cant attend. It sure would be nice to be able to put a piece of fruit, or a pair of socks or a can of potted meat or something in the bags for Sunday. If anyone is willing to contribute $5 towards back stuff I'll match it. So if you all call my bluff and 10 folks give $5 then I'll match it with $50. I'll also then go and get as much value as possible for our buck. You can just give me the $5 on Sunday or at the common meal next week or we'll figure it out. Any takers?

    2 · November 11, 2013

    • Sarah B.

      Happy to contribute some as well.

      November 16, 2013

    • Sarah B.

      Whoops. Nevermind. It said there was one slot left but after I sent this note to you I got an email saying I am on the waiting list.

      1 · November 16, 2013

  • Kat T

    I'm bringing the Chili.

    November 16, 2013

  • LJordan

    Hi Maria and Kat, thanks for offering to bring food this Sunday. Maria a salad would be lovely for Sunday. Kat, if you could make a vegetarian chili (I believe I've emailed you separately about this already), would be great. I can cook a pot of rice for the chili.
    Another a cook is cooking chili too, so no need to cook food for 30 people, just 15. Will see you on Sunday. Have a great week.

    November 11, 2013

    • Maria

      Ok, will bring salad, see you on Sunday

      November 14, 2013

  • Kimberly

    Thanks to Glen and Ernest!!!

    November 12, 2013

  • Glenn Z.

    Great ideas Kimberly! Let's keep exploring how to help those we are serving! I'll contribute. Best, Glenn

    1 · November 11, 2013

  • LJordan

    On Nov 17th, we plan to cook and serve food. If someone wants to bring a salad for 30-40 people or fruit, please post on this site.

    November 2, 2013

    • Maria

      Do you still need a salad or fruit? Or a main dish--please let me know. I can do either....

      November 10, 2013

  • LJordan

    Is anyone interested in being a cook for Nov 17th? We are testing the waters to see if anyone wants to bring hot dish for 30-40 people. I certainly can cook chili or chicken.

    October 23, 2013

    • Kat T

      I'll cook chili or chicken. Please let me know which.

      November 2, 2013

    • Maria

      I'll bring something

      November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be in NYC!

    October 23, 2013

  • Glenn Z.

    Hi all, I've changed the RSVP limit from 1 to 2 guests of members. Feel free to come with up to 2 friends. Best, Glenn

    October 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I may bring one person visiting me. I will let you know by COB Monday.

    October 23, 2013

  • LJordan

    Yes, but please make sure to add them to your RSVP response. We have a limit to how many people can help. Thanks

    October 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I bring two people?

    October 23, 2013

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