Posted on November 25, 2020
We wanted to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving and also let you know that Giving Tuesday #givingtuesday starts at 8 am EST on December 1, 2020. Facebook in the past has announced they will match donations up to a certain dollar amount (in 2019 they matched up to $7M!!!!). However, those funds were gone within minutes last year, so here is what we need you to do to get these matching funds!!!! Feel free to visit our us on Facebook at (20+) The Open Arms Home for Children | Facebook
We would ask that you try to donate as early as you can once it turns 8am on Tuesday 12/1/20 so that your money will be matched meaning that you are actually giving twice as much as you are. You can also use the donate button on our website to make a donation.
Also, you could subscribe to donate on a monthly basis and make a huge difference in the life of children right here in your own back yard!
Why Give Monthly?
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Monthly giving means your donation is automatic and convenient. While typically a small dollar amount that is manageable to fit into your budget, your donation has a big impact, as it provides predictable income and allows for better budget planning. You could set up Paypal to donate a recurring amount directly to us if you wish.
Posted on March 15, 2019
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 of 1,800 from 2017. To be a part of preventing child abuse, it is important to become aware of what is happening all around us.
The Open Arms Home for Children is dedicated to giving young girls a safe home and a chance to stop the cycle of disruption and abuse that runs so rampant from generation to generation. We care for girls in surrounding counties that are in foster care due to abuse and/or neglect. We partner with DFCS to provide for each of the girls’ individual needs to the best of our ability. Caring for these girls is a huge responsibility that we do not take lightly. Meeting the emotional, physical and educational needs are just the start of what we hope to provide for anyone that comes into our care. We want to give them new and amazing opportunities, a sense of comfort and safety, and the feeling that they are loved and valued for who they are.
As we draw near to a month that is dedicated to Child Abuse Prevention, Open Arms would like to ask you to partner with us to create the best and safest home these girls may have ever experienced or imagined.
Our goal is to raise $15,000 by the end of April 2019. We have a generous donor who is willing to match all donations up to $7,000. We know how possible this is because of the generous, loving, and giving community we get to be a part of. With your help, we hope to stop the cycle of abuse and neglect by caring for those who have been abused and neglected.
When you partner with Open Arms you are investing into the lives of young women who are taking huge strides towards successful futures. In just a few weeks one of our 15-year-old girls will be making her way to North Georgia Technical College to take the Accuplacer test because her teachers believe she has accomplished enough to start duel enrollment early. Over the next few months our High School senior will be taking the SAT and the ACT to prepare herself for higher education. We will soon have one girl with her driver’s license, and two with their learners’ permits. At the end of the school year our only Middle Schooler will be graduating and transitioning to High School for the fall of 2019. This is just a glimpse into the exciting spring we are having. Your donation is an investment into these girls and all the girls that come after them.
To donate, you can click the “DONATE” button on our Facebook page, click the “MAKE A DONATION” button on our website oahome.org, or mail a check to PO Box 2223 Blue Ridge, GA 30513.
Thank you to all our supporters who enable us to be the home that we are and become the home that we want to be. You are a part of preventing child abuse.
Posted on December 11, 2017
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 downtown Blue Ridge and help Open Arms along the way.
Posted on December 11, 2017
During the entire month of December, Blue Ridge Cotton Company and Gather (located directly below Blue Ridge Cotton Company) will donate 1% of their sales to The Open Arms Home for Children. Blue Ridge Cotton Company and Gather owners, Josh and Gary are incredibly generous to offer this to our organization…..so SHOP SHOP SHOP at three of the best stores in charming downtown Blue Ridge…and say hello to Watson at BRCC for us!
Posted on December 11, 2017
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 are working diligently with state and local agencies, who have all been extremely helpful and responsive, to get our girls out of their current housing and into “their home” for Christmas. As you can imagine, this is a daunting task to pull off in a total of 24 days, but with incredible support from the Blue Ridge community, Gilmer, Union and Towns County, many friends from Atlanta, Florida and states all over the country, we have a plan coming together that we hope will have these girls snuggled up in a warm and cozy home, filled with furniture, cloths, food and Christmas cheer by the 23rd of December.
In an effort to make this happen, we will need continued support from those who are willing to donate their time, their expertise, items that are on our needs list and monetarily. The support we have received so far has been nothing short of incredible. We thank everyone who has called, emailed and messaged us, as well as those who have given us time, money, clothing, and other items that provide love and support ….we wouldn’t be where we are today without you….so THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE TO GET US THIS FAR SO QUICKLY
We are formulating a logistical plan now that will, given we receive approval from the state, a furnished home, filled with nutritional food, clothing and some well deserved Christmas cheer in the next 12 days. For those who have reached out to us already, with specific items to donate, we will get back to you with next steps as soon as we get thumbs up from the state. For those who are interested in donating a household item or furniture, we will be posting an updated donation wish list later this week. We ask that you stay close to us on Facebook and visit our website often to view these updates.
This will be a very busy week and we will do our best to keep you updated on our progress. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. The Open Arms Board of Directors.