Responding to the needs of those suffering from extreme poverty, Open Arms Village, located in Ocala, is on a mission to change the lives of homeless individuals in Marion County. The parishioners at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church agreed to open the doors to their facility, providing the basic need of shelter and welcoming those who desire to work toward self-sufficiency. Open Arms Village is a local non-profit focused on ending homelessness and restoring dignity to those who find themselves in this desperate situation.
Open Arms Village is more than a shelter. It’s a restoration program. Through collaboration with other local agencies and ministries the program includes many vital services to our residents. Residents are carefully screened to determine their desire and their willingness to do what it takes to become self-sufficient. They receive case management and other supportive services to help them overcome the challenges that keep them homeless. Most importantly, Open Arms Village focuses on the restoration of dignity and self-worth in residents by empowering them with responsibilities and duties within the program.
Open Arms Village desires to give hope and restoration to single adults who have nowhere else to turn. With the help and partnerships of others in the community, we can end homelessness on person at a time.
Photos of the Open Arms Village Facility