Grace Episcopal Church
Paper Products for Open Arms Village
By Eleanor Simons
Open Arms Village is a Christian based program for men who are homeless. Open Arms is not a shelter. It is a program for motivated men who want to change their lives. There are 20 beds for single men who have been referred by agencies like Interfaith, Brother’s Keeper and churches. The men must agree to abide by the written rules and regulations including a nightly curfew.
The men work with a case manager to make their own written plan outlining what they need to do to end homelessness and change their lives. They must demonstrate progress in accomplishing their goals to stay in the program. The men must volunteer a certain number of hours a week to help maintain Open Arms Village.
Open Arms is staffed by an Executive Director, Pam McBride, a full time case manager, a resident manager, and a part time counselor. There are volunteers who help with meals and teach Bible Study.
Because of the pandemic they are now using paper products for their meals. Paper products are in limited supply at the grocery stores and Grace Church is going to help them with this need. Below is a list of the items that will help them.
We will begin collecting these items on Sunday, Nov. 15th. There will be a container for drop-off on Wed. Nov. 18 outside the office door in the parking lot. The last day for donations will be Sunday, Nov. 29th.
Open Arms Village List of things needed:
Paper Plates, Paper Bowls, Plastic Knives, Forks, and Spoons, Paper Napkins, Paper Towels.
Other needs are:
Hand Sanitizer, Bath and Hand Towels, Blankets.