Open Arms Village currently has 20 beds for single men who are facing homelessness, with the vision of providing space for single women by 2017.
- Residents work with the Case Manager to develop a written plan that outlines the steps and services they need to end homelessness.
- All residents must demonstrate progress in completing these plans to remain in the program.
- Residents are pre-screened and referred to us by agencies such as Interfaith Emergency Services, Brother’s Keeper, and community groups and churches.
- All residents must abide by written rules and regulations, including nightly curfew.
- Open Arms Village is not a shelter. It is a program specifically for motivated people who want out of homelessness.
- All residents volunteer a certain number of hours a week to help maintain Open Arms Village.
Open Arms Village is staffed by an Executive Director, Part Time Case Manager, Resident Night Manager and Part Time Counselor. Open Arms is a collaborative effort that includes the Mayor of Ocala, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church of Ocala, Catholic Charities, Interfaith Emergency Services, Blessed Trinity/Brother’s Keeper, Second Bethlehem Baptist Association, The Centers, The Police Chief of the City of Ocala, the Marion County Sheriff, Mental Health Court, the Public Defender’s Office, the Marion County School Board, CareerSource and others.
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