Open Arms Mission (Registered Charity number 10780-1474-RR0001) offers a place of safety and support to those struggling with poverty in Welland and surrounding areas. We started over 30 years ago when a small group of citizens saw the need and wanted to do something. They started a small food bank. Since then, it has grown to a large multifaceted ministry with three divisions.
Our peaceful drop in centre at our Mission Centre at 22 Fifth Street is a place to connect and belong. We get to know each client over coffee and donuts donated by Tim Hortons. Over 600 people a month use our food and hygiene bank. Every Saturday, we provide delicious “home cooked” style meals to 80 guests. We also provide a variety of other services such as free professional haircuts, skills classes, monthly Cooking Circles, daily devotions and prayer and Bible study groups. Seasonally, we provide backpacks of school supplies and winter boots to elementary school aged 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.
Our Ministry Campus at 933 Forks Road West serves as a warehouse for the Mission Centre and Redeemed Goods. We also have direct furniture and electronics sales open to the public Tuesday to Saturday. Furniture is available to clients in need through our voucher system. There is a community garden with plots available for the public that we use to grow fresh produce for our food bank and help our clients gain new skills. 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.
We are continually growing and developing new programs and making partnerships with other likeminded organizations, business, churches and individuals to see the people in our community thrive. For more information about our organization, please go to our website www.openarmsmissionwelland.com or follow our Facebook page Open Arms Mission of Welland Inc.
Open Arms Mission is a Christian organization, called to be faithful stewards of God’s resources to demonstrate value and dignity while assisting those living in economic, social and spiritual poverty.