Welcome to Open Arms Mission
Open Arms is a non-profit serving local families. Now in our 23rd year, we continue partnership with local businesses, churches, community organizations, schools, and Lake County agencies. Through these partnerships, we provide support with weekly food, finances and outreach referrals. Our motto: "Neighbor helping neighbor" is demonstrated through our community donors, volunteers and partnerships, exemplifying who we are as a community.
Over the past 22 years, Open Arms has been assisting neighbors challenged with food insecurity and financial needs. For example: From 2020 to 2022 alone, our household numbers have increased by 322 families. In 2022, the breakdown of individuals is 33% are under 18 years of age, 19% are 60 and over and 48% are 19 to 59. Financial assistance also continued to grow. So many of our families already live paycheck - to – paycheck, it just takes one unexpected bill to make financial challenges overwhelming. That one unexpected bill could be a medical bill, a car repair, increased rent, utility increases or prescriptions.
In December, Open Arms was part of a multi-county online conference call about food resources in preparation for 2023. Three most important facts we've learned: Food insecurity will continue to rise, our dollar will not go as far and supply chain issues continue. For those living on a low income or low fixed income, the financial challenges become devastating very quickly.
In addition, beginning March 1st 2023, the Covid-19 emergency SNAP issuance ends. During Covid-19, those on SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) received additional money, based on family size, to get them through financial hardships such as loss of income, etc. Therefore, we are anticipating our neighbors needs will increase.
Open Arms Mission will need your help as we move into 2023 to meet as many of the needs we possibly can.
If you would like to help, or have questions, please call Marytherese at (847) 395-0309