In the mid 1980's a small group of Christian men began talking about what could be done to help the needy in our city. They stepped out in faith, naming their work, Open Arms Mission, incorporated as a charity, purchased a building and began helping the less fortunate. In early 1987, a Director was hired and the hours of operation increased. In those early years, our food bank served approximately 80 families each month. Those numbers grew to 200 households by the mid 1990's. Assistance requests have continued to increase since then. Open Arms Mission is not government funded. We are supported solely by individuals, organizations, churches and businesses in our community. We are a volunteer driven organization with few staff members keeping our operating costs as low as possible.