Table of Mercy is a ministry that walks with our neighbors experiencing homelessness and housing insecurities. We practice radical welcome, spiritual care, and faith formation for all, seeking to support all of our neighbors where they need it most, meeting people wherever they may be on life's journey.
Table of Mercy offers radical hospitality and pastoral care by offering faith support and connection within local shelters, supportive housing, and out on the streets.
Table of Mercy partners with Churches United for the Homeless and the facilities that it operates. We provide spiritual/pastoral care for folks living at the Bright Sky Apartments and Micah’s Mission. Each week a team from Table of Mercy brings Caribou Coffee and home-baked treats to Micah’s Mission. Around the table we share stories, prayers, laughter, and tears. It is holy time with God’s beloved ones.
In the hot summer months, Pr. Grant Vanderford and other volunteers spend afternoons each week walking in downtown Moorhead with a cooler filled with ice-cold water and snacks and carrying a backpack full of First Aid supplies, pens, paper, envelopes, stamps, and a couple of packs of cigarettes. In the sweltering heat of the afternoons we connect around cold water, refreshing our souls and bodies. These are hot, holy moments.
We are often asked what the most dire need is for our siblings experiencing homelessness. While things like socks, gloves, a warm meal, real change in housing policy, a job that pays a livable wage, and better mental health care access come to mind, what really stands out is more basic than any of these. It is to be seen and heard. The most dire need for these beloved ones of God is that this community in which we live actually care about them. Not because they are a problem to be dealt with but because they bear the image of God. Not because they could “function better” in society but because they are gifted, beloved, honored just as they are.
Our invitation to you is this: join us. Join us out on the streets. Join us in the shelter for coffee and prayer. Join us on the coldest nights and the hottest afternoons. And open your eyes. You will see God in each one of your siblings. We promise.