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.


Walking Through Fire

I can’t tell you how much it has meant to me to get to know Jackson. The practical help really was helpful, but this was so much more than that. It is hard to put into words, but thank you.

— Tony

Tony is a hardworking bartender who lost virtually everything in an apartment fire one night. Although he wasn’t home, thankfully, some brave bystanders and firemen were able to save his beloved Husky Shepard mix and right-hand companion, Jonni. Even so, Tony’s life as he knew it had just burned up in the blink of an eye leaving him feeling helpless as he faced the future.  

Tony is one of the most kind and thoughtful people you would ever meet.” It was no wonder he was referred to Big Table by one of his co-workers to help get him back on his feet emotionally and physically.   

Big Table jumped in with the help of our partners at MultiCare to cover the security deposit for his new place and half the payment due for his second month’s rent. Our friends at Global Neighborhood Thrift gifted Tony a voucher to shop for new work clothes as most of them were completely damaged in the fire.   

But financial support for this unforeseen crisis was just the start of what he needed. Our weekly coffee check-ins gave Tony a caring and critical outlet – and a friend – to process this major life-altering challenge.  

Thanks to your support of Big Table, Tony wasn’t alone walking through the aftermath of this fire. He had a safety net. Tony can now breathe easier as step by step he is getting his life back closer to normal. 



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 unexpectedly 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.

Indi’s former supervisor 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 workplace. It took several months, but her persistence paid off with a wonderful full-time restaurant bar manager position. And recently, she was ecstatic to find a full-time administrative position at a coffee warehouse with more family-friendly hours. We celebrate her resilience, incredible drive to pursue a brighter future for her family, and huge heart to pay it forward – as shown by Indi bartending at our last Industry Dinner.

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.

Care Stories by City






“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


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


“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.” |…


“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


“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…


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


“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


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


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