Who We Are?
It is the mission of Open Arms, Incorporated to bring healing, hope, and help to children, adults, and their families in need of support, intervention, and prevention as a result of child abuse and homelessness, in all its forms.
The Transitional Living Program provides a safe and stable home for youth transitioning out of foster care or those youth who are homeless, between the ages of 18 and 21. This program aims to transition these disadvantaged youth into productive citizens in the community. The participants are placed into scattered-site apartments where the basic necessities (i.e. food, clothing, and shelter costs) are provided for them until they eventually phase out of the program in graduated phases.
The Street Outreach Program is our newest addition. This program provides mentoring and prevention methods for street youth. Staff members in this program work in low-income areas and in “hot spots” for troubled youth. The goal of this program is to reduce sexual exploitation and abuse of street youth.
The Open Arms, Inc. Emergency Shelter Program provides immediate shelter for individuals or families (youth are prioritized) that are literally homeless (e.g. living on the streets, in cars, places not meant for habitation, etc.). With an average stay of 30 days, clients stay in our shelter and their basic needs are met. During their time, a Housing First approach is used to assist them in removing any barriers that are preventing them from being permanently housed. The goal is that each person is able to secure permanent housing at discharge and do not re-enter homelessness again.
Total nights of shelter were provided this year.
Youth receive individualized case management
Children have been helped this year
Youth exit to Permanent Housing.