every story is different

But each one began with a simple referral from a friend or co-worker because of a crisis. Big Table was able to respond directly and personally - to avert the crisis and provide some semblance of normalcy in their lives. Our involvement doesn't end when the crisis ends. We also provide long-term coaching and mentoring, fostering enduring relationships and accountability. A lasting story of hope.



I’m really grateful for all the help I’ve received and would love to help out at a Big Table event in the future!


Indi was working hard as a valued hotel Operations Manager when she was unexpectantly let go due to circumstances out of her control. She was crushed, bewildered, and left trying to work miracles financially as a recently divorced, single mother with two teenagers still living at home. She desperately struggled to pay rent and cover basic bills. Eviction was looming as social services hadn’t been approved yet either.
Indi’s former supervisor lovingly referred her for care, describing her as “One of the hardest working people I know who would never ask for help personally.” We connected quickly, helped cover rent costs, and filled Indi’s fridge with healthy food for her family.

This was the boost she needed to stay afloat financially. Her care coordinator, Miranda, also reached out often with encouragement and job leads as Indi looked for a new place to work. It took several months, but her persistence paid off with a wonderful full-time restaurant Bar Manager position. We celebrated her new job over pie and will continue to celebrate her resilience, incredible drive, perseverance – and huge heart to pay it forward.

San Diego


Big Table has made a huge difference in my life. You literally brought my smile back!

— Jessica

Jessica is both a waitress and single mother of two children trying to make ends meet after recently coming out of a difficult marriage. Her family came first and as a result of a lack of funding and insurance, she neglected some major dental issues. At the point of her referral, Jessica was missing several teeth and had active infections that were painful and scary.

Our care partners helped us with both the required dentistry and endodontic work needed to bring back Jessica’s smile (literally and figuratively). We encouraged her through the long, extensive process. After several crowns, a root canal, and two bridges, she is now no longer in pain and has a newfound confidence she never thought she’d have. To celebrate securing a fresh new waitressing job, we were excited to provide Jessica’s family gift certificates to a local restaurant. Jessica is entering into such a season of gratitude and her smile is bigger than ever.



I always know that you are there, and just knowing that y’all care about me does more good than I can put into words.

— Chris

Chris is a well-loved, hard-working chef, passionate about food and people. He was initially referred in 2013 for relational support and counseling resources while managing a difficult season of depression. We stayed connected as the years flew by, checking in and encouraging Chris in whatever circumstances he was in.

In 2022, a co-worker and Big Table friend noticed Chris painstakingly navigate the bus route to/from work and referred him to Big Table to help find reliable transportation. Evident of Chris’ care and camaraderie for others, this community rallied to get him wheels. In partnership with his employer and a local care partner, your support was leveraged to get Chris back on the road.

Fast forward to 2023 (a decade into walking with Chris), he trusted us enough to share that he was in desperate need of a full extraction and dentures due to some long-term dental issues. We’ve lined up care partners to help, and Chris is now motivated to improve his health this year – including a goal to quit smoking – so he is ready for the procedures. What an incredible honor to watch Chris’ ten-year transformational story unfold, bringing with it personal and spiritual growth, a focus on healthy living, and the blessing of a rekindled faith.

Care Stories by City






“We are usually the ones serving people and I can’t tell you how much it means that there are people out there who want to serve us.” | CARL


“Big Table gave me the chance to fix my teeth. Now I can eat with the partials I got from Dr. Love and smile. It makes me happy!” | TANYA


“The thing about Big Table is they give more than hope. Hope is the expectation that something will happen. What Big Table does is deliver when all hope is lost.” |…


“From a bicycle for one of my dishwashers to a mental health check in for myself, Big Table has impacted my life as well as many others in so many…


“You don’t know the weight you have lifted off my shoulders. I am so grateful for your help.” | ORLANDO


“Your kind and caring heart has meant so much to me and my family in this time of need. Thank you so very much.” | BEATRIZ


“When I felt like I was at the end of my rope, Big Table helped me tie a knot and hold on.” | PARIS


“Big Table gave me nonjudgmental support. They are motivating and encouraging. Big Table changed my life and there’s more to come!” | DESTINY


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