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February 18, 2016
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Open Table Introduction Begins Building Partnership Between County Faith, Government

Local faith communities in collaboration with Crawford County System of Care and county government are expanding efforts to provide individuals and families in Crawford County with relationships and tools they can use to transition out of poverty through an initiative called Open Table. The Open Table model was introduced to Crawford County System of Care and members of the faith community of Crawford County recently during a two-day exploration at New Beginnings Church of God.

“Our exploratory meeting was a great opportunity to discuss not only the Open Table model and how it can work for all of us, but also the very real need for better government/faith community collaboration,” said Francis Weiderspahn, Crawford County commissioner. “Far too often our government programs and dollars fall short of the total needs of our most fragile individuals when they still need our assistance. Our hope is that this is just the first of many initiatives to fill that void.”

Open Table educates and trains congregation members to guide the homeless and families in poverty back into the community by changing their circumstances while accessing the “intellectual and social capital” available within a congregation. A group of volunteers create a “table” and commit an hour a week for a year to help the youth, individual or family to meet goals they have established in a document called a life plan.

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Open Table Introduction Begins Building Partnership Between County Faith, Government
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