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 with Hope

I never questioned or thought twice if I was going to fall on my face because I knew Big Table had me!

— Rosalie

A long-time Big Table volunteer and advocate, Chef Rosalie has always been one to help others. After a long bout of COVID-19, Rosalie experienced an infraction of the abdomen, shutting off her core muscles and leaving her without the use of her legs for months. Feeling isolated and out of work, a colleague referred Rosalie to Big Table for care. We helped pay her phone bill, keeping her connected to family, friends, and rides to the doctor. We also covered her storage rent, allowing her to protect her priceless belongings. Our team checked in on her often and regularly met for coffee, encouraging her through the healing process. We witnessed her determination and perseverance through excruciating rehab. Getting stronger every day, back to work, and now moved into her own place, we are thrilled life is so much better for Rosalie.

San Diego

Stabilizing Hope and Home

You got me crying over here. Thank you so much.

— Dartantion

A single father of seven, Dartantion was way behind on his bills and on the verge of becoming homeless. He had been working six, even seven days a week, but it still wasn’t enough; he was financially suffocating. One day, Dartantion broke down in tears while explaining his dire situation to his director, who immediately referred him to Big Table. Because maintaining stable housing for his family was Dartantion’s first priority, Big Table helped cover what he owed on his back rent and worked with his property management company to avoid eviction. We also continue to provide emotional and spiritual support as well as the encouragement he needs to move forward.


Serving a Beautiful Smile

When my everything wasn’t enough, I didn’t see a solution. I felt like I couldn’t breathe or think. Big Table became my oxygen.

— Telesa “Momma T”

We first saw Momma T’s contagious smile at a hotel Care Blitz last November, and she attended an industry dinner a few months later. Unfortunately, she had to miss a number of server shifts at a hotel lounge to care for her husband, who had congestive heart failure. She began experiencing ocular migraines, which gave her temporary vision loss and also prevented her from working. As a result, bills and stress piled up. She soon realized that she needed Big Table care, and we immediately came to her aid—paying her phone bills and connecting her with local non-profits to help with her rent, utilities, and groceries. Momma T and her husband are now both feeling a bit better. And her beautiful smile continues to bless those who have the good fortune to cross her path.


Sarah | a safe space to live


Henri | mental health 911

Sade | Getting back on track

Darlene | comfort in the last days


“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


“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


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


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


“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 ways.” | AARON


“I don’t have a big support system. That is what Big Table gave me. Nonjudgmental support. They are motivating and encouraging. Big Table changed my life and there’s more to come!” | DESTINY


“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.” | ROSALIE


Let's Serve Hope Together

There are so many ways you can help write stories of hope to those in crisis in the restaurant and hospitality community.

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