In our communities, there are abused and neglected children who live in the shadows of our lives. She may be the quiet girl in your son's class, who had to move homes and change schools three times in the last year. He may be the lonely child at the park who never joins the game.
Every child needs to be treasured, protected and nurtured. Unfortunately, some parents can't—or won't—care for their children. When they neglect or abuse them, someone must step in to ensure the children's safety. That's the job of the Division of Family & Children Services - DFCS, along with the police and the courts.
Programs and Services
We provide temporary residential placement and care (24/7) for up to 10 girls ages 12 to 17. We provide this in a safe and nurturing environment under the supervision of well-qualified and trained staff. While we are prepared to provide this care for an extended period of time, we understand that our primary responsibility is to provide care until family or other more permanent placement can be provided.
While in our care, children receive assessments, planning, facilitation, case management, and counseling in concert with DFCS all while our staff focuses on making sure our residents receive the required services to meet their safety, personal, health, educational, spiritual, social, and recreational needs.
Helping a child is extremely rewarding. It's our belief that it is also the moral responsibility of a community to care for local children who, for no fault of their own, are affected by abuse and neglect. Your willingness to give of your time to help local children who are entrusted with our care is invaluable.
We are always busy and are always in need of local support. Our work here at The Open Arms Home for Children requires a steady flow of Volunteers to assist us with fundraising activities, facility maintenance needs, and ongoing assistance within our Enrichment Programs.
Contact us today to learn more.
The Open Arms Home for Children relies significantly on contributions and financial donations. While we receive a per diem reimbursement from the State of Georgia for each of our residents, a disproportionate amount of the overall costs incurred to deliver our services MUST be offset by donations.
We accomplish all of this with the lowest possible overhead. And we are proud to report that for every dollar we receive from individuals, local charities, businesses, companies, and foundations, we deliver a minimum of $10 worth of value to our resident children. And we will continue to work on improving this value each year.
The Open Arms Home for Children in partnership with 5 local Zaxby’s restaurants will be holding a fundraising event on Monday, May 26th (MEMORIAL DAY) from 5 PM to 8 PM. Walk-in, drive-in and/or place your Zaxby’s order pnline between 5 PM and 8 PM and Zaxby’s will donate 10% of net proceeds from each […]
We would like to thank everyone who contributed to Open Arms in 2013. We were blessed to have so many thinking of us this year. We were able to achieve many great things for the Home thanks to your contributions of time and money. We have exciting plans in the works for 2014, and we […]
We would like to officially announce the hiring of our new Director Lisa McGhee. Lisa was hired a few months back, and we are excited to have her with us directing operations at the Home. Lisa can be reached by sending her an email through our contact form. When you get a chance, welcome her […]
We want to thank our most recent donors for their generosity. We can’t thank you enough! Businesses: Black Sheep Restaurant, Kevin Panter Insurance, Wrapsody in Blue, Cartwright Landscaping, Johnson Paving, Folger Gas & Propane, Blu Mountain Expressions, Radio Shack – Blue Ridge, HoneyBaked Ham – East Ellijay, Fetch Your News, East Town Cinema, Fun World, […]
There are significant reasons in favor of giving to charity now rather than in the long-distance future. Giving communities a helping hand today allows them to continue to be better off in the future, increasing the social rate of return. It is also important to make a public stand and encourage others to give.