The Table is a ministry of love and compassion to the homeless and financially insecure in the Mount Pleasant community. Our mission is to offer acceptance and assistance to our neighbors in need. We share our common experiences and our lives as we sit, talk and eat with one another.
The Table began in January 2012 as an outreach to the homeless. Breakfast was served and grocery bags, toiletries and clothes were distributed on a Saturday morning.
We quickly realized that while a few truly homeless came to share a meal and receive goods, most of our new friends were persons who lived in nearby homes, including the Jenkins Housing Complex. We broadened our focus to all of our neighbors, homeless or not.
After three months we changed our format to serving lunch and moved to the third Saturday of the month. In the summer of 2013, we partnered with the Lowcountry Food Bank to receive non-perishable foods each month.
Depending on the availability of our volunteers, we also have added to our services: praying with those who want prayer, free haircuts, blood pressure checks and health education, children’s story time and activities. We are also joined by the Gideons, who distribute Bibles in English and Spanish.
How can you become involved?
- Donate toiletry items
Each month we give out items to whoever may need them. One of our greatest needs is soap, shampoo, feminine products, etc.
- Make financial donations
Checks can be made payable to Hibben UMC and designated for “The Table”. Funds are needed to provide the food for the meal that is served and to purchase non-perishables if necessary.
- Volunteer with us!
Many volunteers are needed for this thriving ministry. At least 15 volunteers are needed on the Saturday of each event to host our guests. In addition, volunteers are needed for sorting and stocking grocery items during the week at any time. We also need help as we canvas the community around Hibben UMC on foot to distribute fliers and extend personal invitations to our neighbors in the days before each event.
It is our hope to continue to grow this ministry and we invite you to join us! If your church or small group would be interested in joining us, we would love to talk with you. You may contact us at (843) 884-9761.