Open Arms, Inc.

Open Arms, Inc. It is the mission of Open Arms, Inc. 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.
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The Bridge: The Bridge accommodates children from birth to 18 years of age. During their time at the Bridges all of their necessities are provided: food, clothing, shelter, recreation, job training, advocacy, education, as well as counseling by a staff therapist. Open Arms, Inc. provides a safe and structured environment for these children, allowing them time to heal and grow. Open Arms, Inc., through the Bridge, runs one of the few Emergency Shelters in southwest Georgia. This 12-bed home provides shelter to children from birth to 18 when they have been taken into care for the first time. A concerted effort was made to provide a more “home” like environment for the children. The Bridge is a residential home in a nearby community. It is a 6-bedroom home with 3-car garage converted into a playroom and a large concrete basketball court in the back yard. Therapy is provided at the home or at one of the local therapists’ offices. The Runaway and Homeless Program uses The Bridge when placement is necessary for safety of a runaway or homeless child; otherwise the services are provided in home. It is important to note that the children served are confirmed victims of abuse and neglect. Most referrals are from the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), the Police, or the Courts. We also shelter runaway and homeless youth as part of the national initiative for Runaway and Homeless Youth. Once admitted to the facility the child’s physical needs for food, clothing and safety are met. A Human Services Professional addresses emotional needs through individual and group therapy after obtaining an assessment of the child’s needs. While in the shelter the children are involved in many scheduled activities. Life-skills building groups, arts & crafts, and recreational activities are provided throughout the week. Runaway and Homeless Program: The purpose of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program is to reduce the number of runaway and homeless youth on the street or in crisis and to reduce the numbers of children reported to or taken into the custody local law enforcement and child protective service agencies due to youth being in crisis situations, familial dysfunction/poor family relationships, and non-compliant behavior. This program addresses the needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families by providing the following services: outreach, temporary emergency shelter, food, clothing, recreation, referrals to potential resource agencies (i.e. health care), counseling, and aftercare. The Runaway and Homeless Program is part of the Federal initiative to provide shelter and safety to runaway and homeless youth. As part of the Federal grant Open Arms, Inc. has a Crisis Line that is manned 24 hours per day allowing any youth in distress a contact number for safety. The Outreach Coordinator makes contact with the youth and if shelter is needed, it is provided at The Bridge. Youth admitted under this program receive all the services that The Bridge offers. The youth are allowed to stay for up to 21 days. During this time, staff members provide intervention and investigative services. These services include, but are not limited to, family counseling, community referrals, resource awareness, parenting classes, and if the safety of a child is threatened, a report to the appropriate authority. The Runaway and Homeless Program also works with the youth and his/her family to reunify, if there is no danger to the child. Counseling is arranged and encouraged and an Aftercare Specialist follows up with the family for up to 1 year. Transitional Living Program: The purpose of Open Arms, Inc.’s Transitional Living Program (TLP) is for TLP youth to successfully transition from their state of being a runaway or homeless youth to being a positive, self-sufficient, and productive citizen in our community. This program is structured to help older, homeless youth achieve self-sufficiency and avoid long-term dependency on social services and to decrease the negative involvement of law enforcement, juvenile justice programs, child welfare, and mental health stigma and/or misdiagnoses. Open Arms, Inc.’s TLP provides shelter, skills training, and support services to homeless youth ages 16 through 21 for a continuous period not exceeding 18 months. Our TLP provides services in supervised residential settings for at least seven youth, including pregnant and parenting homeless youth. offers client-specific life skills training to our residential clients that are identified in the initial intake assessment. Open Arms, Inc rewards clients when they do exceptionally well in any aspect of their Transitional Living Program plan. Referrals continue to increase, and for those not served residentially, aid is offered in the form of identifying other potential resources or in the form of life skills training. has also provided emergency shelter placement, hotel placements, food, and transportation to youth who needed these services on a temporary basis in order to ensure their health and safety during the process of searching for a safe and permanent placement. Aftercare service through Open Arms, Inc is provided with the consent the youth for a minimum of three months. This allows a continuous flow of support after the youth has transitioned out from the TLP program by the consent of the youth. It is always the goal of Open Arms, Inc to ensure that all resources are explored and available when youth are no longer enrolled in the Transitional Living Program. The youth are referred to or offered the best available resources. Street Outreach: Through this program, Open Arms, inc. conducts outreach designed to build relationships between our staff and street youth. The goal of these efforts is to help young people leave the streets. By building relationships with these youth, youth feel a sense of connectedness and are less hesitant about turning to Open Arms, Inc. when the realization of the dangers of street life becomes apparent to them. Consequently, the youth will be able to live free from violence, abuse, neglect, harassment, stalking, exploitation, and fear. Services provided to street youth include: outreach, shelter, survival aid, education to all youth and families on developing and maintaining healthy relationships and identifying and addressing abuse in all its forms, crisis prevention and intervention, counseling, aftercare services, mentoring, life skills training, and resource referrals. We provide these services directly or through collaboration with other agencies, specifically those working to protect and treat young people who have been, or who are at risk of being, subjected to sexual abuse or exploitation. In addition, we support young people through a positive youth development approach. This approach prevents young people’s involvement in risky behavior by helping them achieve their full potential. We focus on giving young people the chance and the choice to change their lives to improve their futures.

Operating as usual

03/23/2021

#TipTuesday

Having one small positive thought can change the rest of your day for the better!

03/18/2021

We have some new openings for clients that are ages 18-22 that are homeless or are running away from a dangerous situation. Call our intake line for eligibility assessments: 229-405-8882.

EPRAP Intake Form | United Way of Southwest Georgia
03/16/2021
EPRAP Intake Form | United Way of Southwest Georgia

EPRAP Intake Form | United Way of Southwest Georgia

Program Overview This program was developed to assist families who are presently under a lease with a landlord and who have been directly impacted as a result of COVID-19. The City of Albany/Department of Community and Economic Development and United Way of Southwest Georgia have partnered to admini...

03/16/2021

#TipTuesday

Eliminate anything that doesn't help you grow! 🌻

03/11/2021

Thank you, Union Baptist Church, for your very generous donation today (and the many in the past)!

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03/11/2021

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Although we aren't able to accept some donations right now, one of our partners, Heritage of Hope , can! They are an ama...
03/10/2021

Although we aren't able to accept some donations right now, one of our partners, Heritage of Hope , can! They are an amazing organization that works with human trafficking prevention and intervention efforts. Support them today! ❤️

Heritage of Hope is hosting a pop-up thrift shop at Pretoria Fields on April 24th from 1-4. Below are some accepted/unaccepted items you can donate! We will be posting the locations of our drop-off boxes soon so keep an eye out on your feed for those!

Counselor Direct
03/09/2021
Counselor Direct

Counselor Direct

State of Georgia Rental Assistance Program

03/09/2021

#TipTuesday

Be the role model you wish you had when you were younger!!!

Thank you to the Delta Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. for donating these essential supplies to help our shelters...
03/05/2021

Thank you to the Delta Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. for donating these essential supplies to help our shelters combat COVID-19! We appreciate you all! ❤️

United Way of Southwest Georgia
03/02/2021

United Way of Southwest Georgia

United Way is proud to work alongside Publix to improve the health, education & financial stability of families across Southwest Georgia.
This week is Publix Appreciation Week and we are celebrating the thousands of Publix associates who support United Way. Join us for WEAR GREEN WEDNESDAY (tomorrow)! Come back here tomorrow and post a selfie in your green💚
Thank you to each Publix Associate who supports our mission to improve lives and strengthen Albany and the surrounding counties. #UWLovesPublix

03/02/2021

Speak Good Words.
Think Good Thoughts.
Do Good Deeds.
#TipTuesday

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02/18/2021
Two arrested in Dougherty County for cruelty to children, false imprisonment

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Two people have been arrested after a teen went missing in Dougherty County over the weekend. Officials with Dougherty County say that Gary Thomas Warren and Gwendolyn Harris Warren have been charged with one count each of false imprisonment and cruelty to children in the first degree. Dougherty Cou...

02/15/2021
Southwest Georgia Public Health District
02/14/2021

Southwest Georgia Public Health District

This #ValentinesDay, get tested in the name of love for FREE by contacting your local health department for a HIV Test or request a self-test kit to test yourself at home by signing up at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HIVSelfTesting
#GetTested #KnowYourStatus #HIVAwareness

Many thanks to the Albany State University National Coalition of Negro Women ladies for showing so much love to our clie...
02/12/2021

Many thanks to the Albany State University National Coalition of Negro Women ladies for showing so much love to our clients in the shelters! ❤️❤️❤️

Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
02/02/2021

Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

February is #TeenDatingViolenceAwarenessMonth!

If you or someone you know needs help with an unhealthy relationship, do not stay silent. Contact the @BrkingSilence teen texting line right now: (706) 765-8019 #TDVAM2021

01/30/2021

We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the family and loved ones of Exandria Stokes (our "Zan"). We'll forever remember your service to abused and homeless youth. Rest in love. 💔💔💔

Join us tonight!!!!
01/28/2021

Join us tonight!!!!

01/28/2021

Thank you, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (Zeta Psi Sigma Alumnae Chapter) for your generous donation to our shelters!

Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
01/25/2021

Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

Knowing the signs of #humantrafficking and being able to spot them can save lives. #Share this flyer and pass this information on to do your part in the fight to #EndHTGA! #HTAM2021 #Resources

The City of Albany
01/20/2021

The City of Albany

In response to the increasing cases of COVID-19, many city offices are closed to the public to reduce person-to-person contact. Citizens are encouraged to conduct as much business by phone or online.

The Mayor and City Commissioners considered the greater good and are committed to doing their part for the public's wellbeing. City Leadership will continue to communicate with our healthcare partners and other community partners to make the best decisions for City employees and the community.

City Offices Closed:

City Manager's Office
401 Pine Avenue
229.431.3234

Albany Utilities Administrative Complex
401 Pine Avenue
229.883.8330

Albany Utilities Operations
1726 Lily Pond Road
229.883.8330

Public Works
1900 N. Monroe Street
229.883.8350

Engineering Office
240 Pine Avenue
229.883.6955

License & Business Support Office
240 Pine Avenue
229.431.2118

United Way of Southwest Georgia
01/20/2021

United Way of Southwest Georgia

@Walmart is supporting your local United Way by giving shoppers the opportunity to round-up their purchases to the nearest $ and donate the change. Round-up is available on WalMart.com and the Walmart app through Jan. 29. #LiveUnited #ReimagineUnitedWay #GiveBack

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." (Dr. Ma...
01/17/2021

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

As always, if there is a youth in crisis, please call our 24-hour Crisis Line at 229-431-0217.

United Way of Southwest Georgia
01/13/2021

United Way of Southwest Georgia

Roughly 50,000 people are trafficked in the United States each year. Let’s do our part to bring human trafficking to an end. Contact our partners Liberty House of Albany, Open Arms, Inc., and Lily Pad, Inc. for ways you can help. #LiveUnited #ReimagineUnitedWay

Saluting our partner, Liberty House of Albany , for 40 years of amazing service to domestic violence victims/victors in ...
01/12/2021

Saluting our partner, Liberty House of Albany , for 40 years of amazing service to domestic violence victims/victors in our community! We love you all!

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01/12/2021

Sending many thanks to the Pivot Family for your generous donation to our programs!

Our partner, The Salvation Army, has some much-needed assistance opportunities available to those in need during this pa...
01/11/2021

Our partner, The Salvation Army, has some much-needed assistance opportunities available to those in need during this pandemic. Please spread the word to those needing assistance.

We extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Coach Travis Price. As a former employee, we...
01/11/2021

We extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Coach Travis Price. As a former employee, we remember and honor his love for children, his infectious smile, his sense of humor, and his service to Open Arms, Inc. You will be deeply missed and always honored. Rest in love. 💔

Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
01/11/2021

Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

Today, CJCC staff is participating in #WearBlueDay for #HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay. Join us as we pledge to do our part to end modern-day slavery.

Thank you First Lady of Georgia Marty Kemp for leading the fight to end #humantrafficking here in GA! #HTAM2021 #EndHTGA

United Way of Southwest Georgia
01/11/2021

United Way of Southwest Georgia

Walmart is supporting your local United Way by giving shoppers the opportunity to round-up their purchases to the nearest $ and donate the change. Round-up is available on WalMart.com and the Walmart app through Jan. 29.

We're so excited that our new website is up and running! Visit www.openarmsinc.org to learn about all of the programs an...
01/08/2021
openarmsinc.org

We're so excited that our new website is up and running! Visit www.openarmsinc.org to learn about all of the programs and services we offer to children, youth, and families!

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420 Pine Ave
Albany, GA
31701

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