Come See Us in Spicewood!

When we jumped head first into this venture just about a year ago, we never imagined that at this point, we'd have an opportunity to have a presence in a commercial space.  But here we are, just a few short days away from sharing a warehouse and collaborating with some of the most talented designers in this area.  We could not be more grateful and ecstatic to be associated with Scout Lighting and Design Goods, Van Wicklen Design, and Direct Natural Stones.   The talented women who run these businesses specialize in "on trend" lighting, mirrors, rugs, wallpapers and window treatments and supplying gorgeous granites, marbles and quartz.

This is going to be a really unique and cool space for designers and home owners to find one of a kind design elements to complete their space.  And the fact that we get to offer our tables in this way is more than we could have hoped for at this point.  Come see us by appointment for us to help you build the perfect table.  Thanks to God, this is another way in which we can give, unite and restore!

 

 

Buy One Unite Many

At GTC our mission is clear, provide custom hand crafted tables that create a foundation for communities to give, unite, and restore.  We recognized as a team that progress towards achieving this mission wasn’t guaranteed, we had to create it through raising awareness and finding the right places for our tables to call home.  It’s really incredible to see what has happened since our last post and the great thing is we are just getting started.

Delivering tables to our Outreach Partners is one of the most fun and special things we get to do.  Jeff and Mark just delivered our most recent table donation to Community First Village where it will be used in one of the outdoor gathering spaces.  Getting out there and being part of a greater purpose is really the whole point of why The Gathering Table Co. exists.  Of course Jeff, our woodworker, loves to build amazing looking tables but being able to then donate tables to those who are being empowered to restore through these amazing organizations is invaluable. 

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We are currently working with three organizations in the local Austin, Texas community whose common mission is to provide support and hope to those in need.  Our first partnership began with Community First Village which is a 27-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas.  It’s a place where the homeless can rediscover hope, renew their purpose and restore their dignity.  It is a place for community and a place to call home.  Community First Village is like no other program in the country and what is being done out there is indescribable.  It has come together through the sheer generosity of people who want to make a difference and whose desire to do so has led them to selflessly build a relationship with those in need.  Community First Village is always offering events and volunteer opportunities so that the surrounding community can learn more and be in constant interaction with the growth of the residents living there.  To learn more, visit their website at http://mlf.org/community-first/.

We’ve recently partnered with Caritas of Austin and look forward to working with their veterans assistance program in which they are committed to solving veteran homelessness.  They secure stable housing for veterans and their families and we will be donating tables that will be placed in the home for these families to gather together.  Caritas of Austin has been around for over 50 years serve thousands of families and individuals who do not have a stable place to call home. Caritas of Austin empowers people toward the life they want and believes that a thriving community derives its strength from providing all members the opportunity to be self-reliant.  Over this past year, Caritas of Austin will help prevent or end homelessness for over 100 veteran families.  This is amazing to think about and such hope for the men and women who’ve fought for our country and returned to civilian life sometimes not in the best circumstances.  Visit http://caritasofaustin.org/programs-and-services/veterans-assistance to find out more.

We’re also excited about the opportunity to work with The Refuge – Austin.  The Refuge will provide long-term, holistic care in a pastoral and peaceful setting for girls ages 11-17, who have been rescued out of sex trafficking. Each girl will have her own plan of restoration based on a comprehensive approach to long-term residential care which will include on site education services, medical care, therapeutic programs such as gardening, equine, art, music and pet therapy, along with one-on-one counseling and group therapy with licensed professional therapists. The girls are housed in distinctively designed cottages that not only provide safety and security, but also a sense of family and community.  What most people don’t realize is that in our own country and our own state, there is a severe societal problem in regards to the commercial sexual exploitation of children, also known as domestic minor sex trafficking. As more children are identified and rescued from their exploitive situation, there is a growing need for comprehensive, long-term, trauma-informed services to allow the child to heal and live a life of productivity and hope.  Currently, most children do not have access to the broad range of therapeutic services they need to begin their healing journey.  The Refuge will bring that much needed resource and we’ll be able to provide tables to areas within their facilities for these young women to come together.  Find out more about what The Refuge is doing at https://therefugeaustin.org/.

How grateful and honored we are to be able to donate tables to these amazing and life-changing organizations who are working tirelessly to tackle some of our country’s major issues.  What a blessing for our customers to be able to directly impact not only a life but a whole family or community.  And what a great story to be able to share with others that through the purchase of your table, you were able to create remarkable change.  Through your one purchase, we can unite many. 

 

 

And So It Begins

It is hard to believe the time has finally come, but we are excited to share this company with you!  This time of year tends to bring with it a renewed focus of gratitude for the blessings we have in our lives and more time spent with family and friends.  We are extremely grateful to be able to share with you for a moment how this journey began for us. 

Our families have been close for a long time. Cheryl and Melissa went to high school together so that tells you just how long (we won't discuss exactly how many years ago that was...).  Over the years, Jeff and Mark joined the party and there has grown a friendship that is very special to the four of us. We have also had the joy of seeing our children develop relationships with each other that make us very proud.  We’ve known each other through many different seasons in life and the best part is we still laugh as much together now as we always have (it can be hard to have a productive business meeting)!.  During the course of this friendship, there have been many conversations about starting a business of some kind together, but no idea ever felt like “the one”. Then came the idea for The Gathering Table Company.  

Jeff is a talented and passionate woodworker and was working on a dining table for Mark and Melissa’s home. As we began discussing the significance of this particular piece of furniture in any household, the idea for our company started to take form.  We believe the table offers a safe place where people of any background can come together, unite and become restored through growth and healing. In a home, it is a place where families gather to spend time together, to make important decisions, to laugh and cry, to solve problems and to pray and dream about the future. 

Once our product came together and its meaning came to light, we knew we had to find a way to build it with a purpose. Placed on our hearts is a responsibility to help others, so we decided to include in our business model a very real way to provide a gathering place to those in need through charitable organizations in our local community. 

At The Gathering Table Company, we believe that having a proper table in a home or community shouldn’t be limited to just those with the money to buy that table.  For every table purchased, we will donate a table and benches to a local outreach organization with whom we’ve partnered. So, by purchasing a table from GTC, you allow us to offer a gathering spot for a family or community in need which enriches the story behind the table in your own home. We think that's pretty cool.

We want to offer a traditional way in which people can celebrate the comfort of just being together.  Because being gathered together allows more power to be able to receive healing and grace.  Our hope is that your table will signify your family's gathering place now and in the years to come.

This journey is constantly evolving and we look forward to what’s ahead.  Please check back often for updates, getting to know us better and most importantly to see what impact your purchase can make in the community.   

 

“Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them”.  Matthew 18:20