Open Arms Village is closing in on it’s one year anniversary! We opened in May 2015 and it has been an amazing 10 months. We have learned so much during this time, and have seen residents thrive at Open Arms. Of course, it has been a learning experience for us all, the staff and the residents. We have learned that not everyone who comes to Open Arms is a good fit for our program. We have learned what to look for during the interview process, so that we invite those to join our program who are ready to beat homelessness. The residents have learned that living together in a “dorm” room type setting takes patience and compassion for each other. They’ve learned to help each other and watch out for their brothers.
To watch the transformation from the day a resident comes to Open Arms Village to when they are getting close to completing the program is so gratifying. We have had some great successes, with residents completing the program and moving on to live independently. They have jobs and apartments, and transportation, along with a new lease on life! Be sure to take a look at a couple of testimonials from former residents on our website.
The future looks bright for Open Arms Village. We have made it this far because the dedication of volunteers, staff and donors. We have been blessed with a community that provides for those in need. As the new Executive Director, I look forward to meeting those who have supported Open Arms Village, and those who are interested in being involved with this great cause.