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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 23 years, Open Arms has been assisting neighbors challenged with food insecurity and financial needs. For example:  Since 2020, our household numbers have increased by over 400 families...A growth of about 100 just in the past year alone.  And, since the COVID-19 extensions on the SNAP program are long gone, the need is even greater. 

With this in mind, please note that:  Beginning in October, we will be accepting donations for our Holiday Meal program.  

In 2022, the breakdown of individuals we served was:  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.  Last year, Open Arms was part of a multi-county online conference call about food resources in preparation for the years to come. 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.  

If you would like to help, or have any questions, please call MaryTherese at 

(847) 395-0309

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