The Open Arms Homeless Shelter provides temporary residence and assistance for homeless individuals and families. Facilities exist for men and women at the Loaves & Fishes shelters. Currently, we are able to house up to 80 residents. The shelter does not discriminate against race, ethnicity, gender, and religion. Tommy Martinez is the Director of the homeless shelter and the Family Emergency as a whole.
Every shelter resident is required to complete an intake application so they are encouraged to bring their identification and any documentation. The following day they are required to meet with a case manager to discuss their needs and agree on a plan. Preventing chronic homelessness is important. Shelter stay is free.
Over the years, our homeless shelter has been the key to the success in many lives.
During case managing, close follow up and progress is noted and recorded, keeping in mind their growth and development. While in the shelter, residents have an opportunity to benefit from all our services and the social services offered by surrounding agencies.
A very popular program in our shelter is the Rapid Re-housing program. This allows an individual or family to obtain affordable rental housing and a grace period allowing them to get back on their feet.
Our staff attends several seminars and conferences throughout the year, keeping current with Federal and State Laws and procedures. Our homeless shelter is highly regarded throughout the state and we keep up the highest standards in safety and protection.