About David's Table
In 1999, Skeeter Powell started intentionally spending time with high schoolers with disabilities. As they grew up and graduated from high school, Skeeter realized there was nothing for these new adults. In response to this great need in our own community, Skeeter created David’s Table.
David’s Table steps in to fill the void and to offer love and community to God’s special masterpieces, often shunned by the world.
The resources and programs available from state agencies for adults with disabilities (after age 21) are dramatically reduced due to the end of federal funding. This transition affects not only the individual but the entire family unit.
Simply put, when teens with disabilities graduate from high school, they go from 35 hours/week of social activity and purpose to zero. Graduation is a radical change for everyone and most of our population really wish they could just stay in school. College plans or employment for this group is rare. Most are “launched” into a void, an empty hole, and often an empty life. Their families and caregivers are also left adrift.
These young people need a purpose. They need to be connected to others. They need to have things to look forward to. They need to serve others and feel needed and useful. They need to be seen, known, and loved. Their families and caregivers also need support. The entire family faces long years of ongoing care filled with loneliness and boredom.
You may ask, “Is David’s Table needed?” Perhaps a better question is, “Are our friends valuable?” If they are, then our table is needed. We are just going to need a bigger one.
"So now I am giving you a new commandment. Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples."