Welcome Home!!

Welcome to Open Arms Home for Children, a palace nestled in the mountains of Blue Ridge, GA that is home to young ladies that need a safe, comforting place to lay their heads at night. Since our Home was completely destroyed by fire on November 26th of 2017, we have worked tirelessly to rise from the ashes. We were thankful to have found a “palace” to call home. Recovering is never easy, but we did it, and we are so very grateful for the organizations, individuals and agencies who stepped in to help us in our time of need. We could never thank everyone enough but from the bottom or our hearts, we are forever grateful. Because of the support we received, The Open Arms Home for Children continues to provide critical services to the north Georgia community, including “best in class” watchful oversight, care, love and support for young girls affected by abuse and neglect.

As you can imagine, the past year+ has been quite challenging but we met these challenges head-on and we have made significant enhancements to our Board of Directors and staff. We were able to welcome a new Director, a new Human Services Professional, and a new attitude. Open Arms Home for Children has been blessed to be able to operate at full capacity for most of the last couple of months. We are passionately devoted to providing a home to young ladies within the foster care system.

We are so very thankful for all who have supported The Open Arms Home for Children, past and present, and we ask that you continue to support and pray for us as we care for our young girls and provide them with a loving Home. We need your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at our fundraising events that will be posted on our site in the very near future.

Peter Knutzen – Board President

Mike Rutan – Director

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Upcoming Events

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month!

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month!

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. The Georgia Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) recently posted information about the staggering number of children entering the foster care system in 2018. According to a study that was updated in February of 2018, there are 15,000 children entering foster care in Georgia – an increase […]
  • December is 1% Donation Month at Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitters

    December is 1% Donation Month at Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitters

    During the entire month of December, Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitters, Located on East Main Street in downtown Blue Ridge, will donate 1% of their sales to The Open Arms Home for Children. Owner Linda Rice is incredibly generous to offer this to our organization…..so SHOP for your Christmas presents today at this great store in […]


  • 12/11/2017 - The Open Arms Home For Children Burns Down

    It has now been 14 days since the fire destroyed the Open Arms Home for Children and we are pleased to communicate that our girls are safe and sound, our staff is working their normal shifts, and our search for what will be the next phase of housing for our girls is well underway. We […]