A Place to Share What You Have, Get What You Need
A community resource center where all are invited to share what they have and take what they need. Whether food, clothing, legal services, home repairs or a listening ear, The Welcome Table is a friendly and warm place to build relationships. Our chaplain leads a team partnering with individuals and family to journey together and ensure needs are met.
About The Welcome Table
The Welcome Table is a community of sharing, created to help families, friends and neighbors of St. James School obtain all that they need. A need is an essential or required item, for the thriving of an individual, family or community. Needs do not meet all our wants or desires, but provide us with the foundation needed to reach and obtain them. The Welcome Table, following the research of Abraham Maslow, specifically sees itself as working to meet the needs surrounding the following areas:
- Physical Needs: Food, Clothing, Shelter, Clean Water
- Safety Needs: Financial Security & Education, Legal Services, Employment & Job Readiness
- Love & Belonging Needs: Friendship & Community, Family Support, Belonging and Connectedness, Faith
- Esteem Needs: Personal and Communal Dignity, Mutual Respect, Recognition of Personal Gifts
- Self-Actualization: Assisting individuals in personal vocational discernment and exploration
The Welcome Table seeks to function not as a traditional ministry offering programming, but seeks to build community and belonging through Community Actions. Community Actions recognize that every individual involved in the activity is an active and integral part. There is no consumer or client relationship, but rather a familial one. These activities seek to lift up what each member brings to the table, recognizing that every gift is meant to be celebrated and lifted up.
This action seeks to assist individuals and families in obtaining nutritious food, by inviting individuals and families into sharing what they have with others. The hallmark of this activity is fellowship and hospitality exchanged by all participants. This community action seeks to meet needs in the physical, love & belonging, and esteem areas.
This action seeks to assist individuals and families in obtaining legal assistance around areas of housing, employment, benefits, family court matters, and future planning. This action is a partnership with Episcopal Legal Aid, and seeks to meet needs in the safety, love & belonging, and esteem areas.
This action seeks to provide individuals and families with necessary home repairs in a low/no cost manner. Trained volunteers work with individuals and families in ensuring that homes are in good repair and secure. This action seeks to meet needs in the physical, safety, love & belonging and esteem areas.
(launched October 2021)
This action seeks to support individuals to identify and meet their educational goals through one-on-one coaching and providing classes tailored to areas of interest and/or need identified by the community. Additionally, this action will seek to create spaces for community members to learn from one another through community forums where people can gather to identify and address relevant issues for the neighborhood. This action seeks to meet needs in the physical, safety, love & belonging, esteem and self-actualization areas. Learn more.
Financial Education & Community Lending
This actions seeks to help individuals in understanding their personal finances more fully, and providing opportunities for individuals to access low/no interest microloans to secure housing, continue education/training, or launch a small business. This action seeks to meet needs in the physical, safety, love & belonging, esteem and self-actualization areas.
Pastoral Care and Counseling
This action seeks to create a community of support for individuals and families. The action meets individuals where they are and assists during times of challenge (sickness, grief, uncertainty, etc.). The action also seeks to help individuals identify their unique giftedness, discern vocational goals, and reach for living their life abundantly. This action seeks to meet needs in the safety, love & belonging, esteem and self-actualization areas.
Worship & Prayer
This action seeks to create a community to explore and express the spiritual gifts of individuals and families. Through times of prayer, worship and study, individuals and families are invited to expand their understanding of God, themselves/humanity and the world around you. This action seeks to meet the needs of safety, love & belonging, esteem and self-actualization.