by Eleanor Simons
As Thanksgiving approaches we plan our menus, get out our best China, and count our blessings. We are grateful for all we have and we share with others. We contacted Open Arms Village and asked what they needed and they need paper products.
Open Arms 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. Recently they added space for 10 additional residents. The men work with a case manager to make their own written plan outlining what they need to do to end their 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.
We will begin collecting paper products for them on Sunday, Nov. 6th for three Sundays. The last day for donations will be Sunday, Nov. 20th so we can deliver everything in time for Thanksgiving. a
Open Arms Village List of things needed:
10 inch paper plates
Plastic knives, forks, and spoons
disposable coffee cups