The Future of David’s Table

Skeeter Powell has always had a desire to help others.

Editor’s Note: Robert “Skeeter” Powell of Greenville, South Carolina, is an unusual individual who defines the word love. Once you read his story and learn about his calling, you’ll understand why he’s the role model for many. He’s not the most important person in his world and actually considers himself the least important. Part 5 of a 5 part series.

When Hometown Heroes asked Skeeter about the future for David’s Table, he smiled and said, “That’s a good question. Right now, we’re working with the YMCA here in Greenville, trying to develop an aquatic program for our students with disabilities and their families. The concept that we’re working on is one where parents can bring their children, and they can all swim together; or where parents can leave their children, while mom and dad work out in the gym, or wherever. Then we’ll have a time where there are other programs available in the gym for the child and his family. One day we hope to create an adaptive soccer program, an adaptive basketball program and an adaptive tennis program for our children and families. I’m hoping to get a large grant to hire someone to run these adaptive programs. We have plenty of volunteers who can and will help by working with these adaptive students and their families through the YMCA program. We’re meeting with ‘Joni and Friends,’ Joni Eareckson Tada’s radio program. Go to to learn more about this organization. We’re trying to develop a working relationship with them. This group works with many churches to help the churches get more involved with people with disabilities. We hope we can get some of their staff to come to Greenville and help develop the same type of church program that they have in Charlotte. The members of David’s Table want to be ‘Joni and Friends’ feet on the ground, to help them get established in our area.

“There are some horrible statistics about families who have disabled children in them. Eighty percent of the fathers leave the families with a disabled child and have no other connection with the family. If all the people with disabilities in the world were brought together to make up a country, that country would be the third-largest country in the world, as well as the poorest country. The need to minister to these families and these children is tremendous. One of our students, Big Mike, has lived in 15 different places in the last 5 years, including a car where he lived with his mom and various shelters.”

When asked was his dream for David’s Table 20 years in the future, Skeeter answered, “I haven’t thought that far ahead. However, I would like to see every church nationwide welcome, seek and bring in families with a child or an adult with a disability and work with those families to meet their needs. If I could be granted a wish for able bodied people, it would be that able bodied people could be comfortable with anyone who is disabled in any way. When we search for volunteers to help us, we are looking for volunteers who will be comfortable in uncomfortable situations.”

About the Author: For the last 12 years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a professional blogger for major companies, corporations and tourism associations throughout the nation. During his 24 years as Outdoor Editor for “The Birmingham Post-Herald” newspaper, he published more than 7,000 newspaper columns and sold more than 100,000 of his photos to newspapers, magazines and internet sites. He also hosted a radio show that was syndicated at 27 radio stations; created, wrote and sold a syndicated newspaper column that ran in 38 newspapers for more than a decade; and wrote and sold more than 30 books. Learn more at

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