Welcome Table Inc. reaches out from St. James' Episcopal Church to help our neighbors in east Austin find ways to improve their health and enrich their lives. Among our programs is CDF Freedom Schools Austin, a summer enrichment program that uses a research-based and multicultural curriculum that helps children and young adults to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves and in their families and their communities. College students and recent graduates are trained as servant leader interns to deliver the Integrated Reading Curriculum.
The mission of N2N is to identify and bring needed resources to our neighbors that will improve their health and quality of life. These goals are accomplished through the provision of a variety of basic needs and services:
N2N maintains a food pantry that provides a bag of groceries to 60 neighbors twice a month.
20 HEB cards are distributed via a lottery system twice a month.
10 Capital Metro 7-day bus passes are distributed once a month.
Adult and children diapers are distributed free of charge in partnership with the Austin Diaper Bank
On-site health screenings for diabetes, high blood pressure, and hearing loss;
educational talks on health topics;
and referrals to other social service community partners.
Impact StatementWelcome Table Inc. programs have improved the lives of hundreds of East Austin families over the organization's six-year history. Our efforts have helped feed our neighbors living with hunger, guided them toward better medical outcomes with health education and referral, provided much-needed mental health services in an underserved area, and given hands-on experience with healthier ways of living and eating. CDF Freedom Schools Austin has served 50 families each summer in the last three years at our site at Oak Springs Elementary.
Needs StatementWelcome Table Inc. is a small but growing nonprofit that is meeting critical needs in parts of East Austin that are being left behind in Austin's boom. We need to develop our core funding sources to build organizational capacity and make us better able to partner with other funders and philanthropies who have expressed interest and think highly of our successful programs, so that we can maintain and expand our services to continue to address those needs.
"Our son loved every moment of his time at CDF Freedom School. He discovered how fun learning can be. We are so thankful of the love, learning and care he recieved at Freedom School. He can not wait to be back next summer!!" - K.O.
"[CDF Freedom Schools] is in my opinion the is the best, broadest mult-issue diverse community organizing in the country." - C.C.
EAST AUSTIN WELLNESS CENTER
"A great organization caring for the community. Much appreciation!" - A.O.
"A young EAWC Raise A Racquet participant from Oak Springs Elementary was so thrilled with our event in March that our team looked for a way to introduce tennis to others at Oak Springs. We partnered with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to take part in the school's Fit and Field Day. Classes cycled into the tennis area every 15-20 minutes, where the USTA instructors led them in super=fun ball and racquet activities geared to each class level. We look forward to being back!" - S.S.
"Sometimes we forget how much a $15 HEB card can mean. Last week there was a man who came hoping for the card so he could pay for his high blood pressure medication. He had some money available but not enough to get the medication which he had been off of for more than a week. Unfortunately he did not win the lottery to get a card. Fortunately he did not leave but waited to talk to a volunteer. Usually there are extra cards, but this week there were no cards available. A couple of volunteers worked together, one had a little money and one had a personal HEB card that had a little left on it, and we were able to get enough for his medication. It did show me that what seems like a little can literally be the difference between health and disability or even death." - E.P.
"Denise first came to N2N at the request of her older sister. Her sister, raising five grandchildren on her own had found friends at N2N and wanted Denise to experience the same 'friendliness and sharing' that she had experienced at the St. James' Tuesday program. Denise's sister told her she would be treated with respect and fairness...Denise began to come to N2N on a regular basis and bring others with her. She is able to see the importance of all working together because that is how she seeks to live her life. ... Denise loves to talk about the blessings she receives. She doesn't always realize what a blessing she is to others." - D.B.