Open Arms Mission

In the mid 1980′s a small group of Christian men began talking about what could be done to help the needy in our city. They stepped out in faith, naming their work, Open Arms Mission, incorporated as a charity, purchased a building and began helping the less fortunate. In early 1987, a Director was hired and the hours of operation increased. In those early years, our food bank served …

Making a Difference One Life at a Time

In the mid 1980’s a small group of Christian men began talking about what could be done to help the needy in our city. They stepped out in faith, naming their work, Open Arms Mission, incorporated as a charity, purchased a building and began helping the less fortunate.  In early 1987, a Director was hired and the hours of operation increased.

In those early years, our food bank served approximately 80 families each month. Those  numbers grew to 200 households by the mid 1990’s. Assistance requests have continued to  increase since then.

The Mission now averages more than 450 family visits to our food bank each month.

Open Arms Mission does not receive any government funding. We are supported solely by the businesses, churches, and groups in our community, and caring individuals such as yourself.

Open Arms Mission is a volunteer (missionary) driven organization with only 3 paid staff members keeping our operating costs as low as possible.

FOOD BANK:
As the largest of the 3 food banks in Welland, the Mission serves an average of 900 individuals each month, which includes about 300 children under the age of 12. Grocery allotments distributed through our food bank provide each family with a healthy supply of food once a month, including meat, breads, eggs, milk, and fresh produce when available.

SPIRITUAL SUPPORT:
We reach out to all of the clients here at the Mission with the love of God. Our ministry is a simple one of Love and Hope. For those that would hear, we provide opportunities to accept the Bread of Life . We have an ordained pastor on staff to provide pastoral care. We also offer weekly Bible Study and Chapel Services.