Open Arms Program - Shelter and Social Service Center
The Open Arms Program is a 38 bed shelter for single
homeless men which
began operating in 1989. It has established itself as a model program.
provides a full range of services for residents 24 hours a day, 7 days
Along with caring and effective staff workers, Open Arms offers a
number of on-site
86 East Post Road, White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: 914-948-5044 or Fax: 914-948-9059
Referral From: Westchester County Department of Social Services
While the root of homelessness is a lack of affordable housing,
challenged to work on those issues that they can change until they move
out into a
place they can call their own. Through a supportive staff, including
helping residents with individualized goals, residents are able to
positive self-image, further education, obtain jobs, and become better
for permanent housing. Volunteers also provide services as well as
Many of the staff workers have been through similar difficult life
They now serve as positive role models, showing residents that they too
Open Arms has received numerous awards and much publicity as hundreds
have successfully moved out of the shelter system.
- Shelter, meals, clothing, showers, counselilng, transportation,
- Intensive drug/alchoholism treatment five days a week, provided
by Innovation Health Systems.
- Part-time clinical psychologist.
- A satellite Mental Health Clinic with a psychiatrist, provided by
Hospital - Cornell Medical Center, White Plains.
- G.E.D. educational training program, sponsored by Rochambeau
- Referrals and assistance in finding job and housing.
A part-time chaplain and numerous volunteers also serve at Open
Open Arms operates under contract with the Westchester County
Department of Social
Services, voluntary donations have made a difference in the program's
"I had forgotten what bathing and eating was all about.
Words of a former resident:
My body was torn down and my mind full of doubt.
I came to the place where I used to rest
And along this road this stop was the best.
It's a safe haven that protects again harms.
It's the place that's correctly named 'Open Arms'."
Open Arms is operated by Grace Church Community Center, Inc.
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