Open Arms Mission is a volunteer driven organization, meeting the physical and spiritual needs of our community. We started as a small food bank in the late 1980’s and have grown to a multifaceted ministry with three divisions. Click on the links at the left to learn more about our programs.
Our Mission Centre at 22 Fifth Street houses our drop in centre, food and personal care bank, Saturday hot lunches, many programs and administrative offices. At the Mission Centre, clients (or "friends" as we call them) are treated respectfully and safe relationships are established with volunteers, staff and each other. Our weekday mornings are a quiet peaceful drop in center where coffee and donuts are served. We begin each day by reading God's Word and a devotional that is open to anyone who wishes to participate. Our Mission Centre Chaplains are available to talk or pray or to help connect people with specific resources.
Some of our regular Mission Centre progams include Bible studies, cooking circles, free professional haircuts, sewing classes and free clothes mending. We also have seasonal programs such as boots and backpacks for children.
Our Redeemed Goods thrift store at 298 Crowland Avenue sells good quality clothing and household goods at very affordable prices. At Redeemed Goods, we train people in retail job skills and provide meaningful volunteer opportunities. We also are able to provide needed items to our Mission Centre clients in crisis through a voucher system. Donations are accepted at the store or at our warehouse.
Our Ministry Campus at 933 Forks Road West, Wainfleet houses our furniture and food bank warehouses, learning garden and Redeemed Lives men’s ministry. The furniture warehouse is open to the public for sales, Tuesday to Saturdays. The proceeds from the sales of the furniture fund our programs. We are also able to provide furniture for free or at a reduced cost through our voucher system. If you would like to donate furniture, it can be dropped off during our open hours or you can arrange for pick up by calling 905-735-8260. We also accept donations for our food bank, household goods and clothing at our warehouse.
Our large warehouse stores non-perishable and frozen food for our Food Bank. Our Redeemed Lives men’s ministry (also known as “The Barn”) is a gathering of men from all walks of life that meet together for encouragement in the Lord on Wednesdays at 7:00pm. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” We have a large learning garden where we can grow fresh produce for our food bank and help our clients learn new skills.
We are continually growing and developing new programs. Contact us if you have any ideas on how we can better serve our community or want to be involved in what we are already doing.