About Us

Open Arms Mission is a volunteer-driven organization, meeting the physical and spiritual needs of our community. We started as a small food bank in the late 1980s and have grown to a multifaceted ministry. 

Our  Mission Centre at 22 Fifth Street houses our drop-in centre, food and personal care bank, Saturday hot lunches, many programs, and administrative offices. At the Mission Centre, clients (or "friends" as we call them) are treated respectfully and safe relationships are established with volunteers, staff, and each other. Our weekday mornings are a quiet peaceful drop-in centre where coffee and donuts are served. We begin each day by reading God's Word and a devotional that is open to anyone who wishes to participate. Our Mission Centre Chaplains are available to talk or pray or to help connect people with specific resources. 

Some of our regular Mission Centre programs include Bible studies, cooking circles, free professional haircuts, and sewing classes. We also have seasonal programs such as boots and backpacks for children.

Our  Ministry Campus at 933 Forks Road West, Wainfleet houses our furniture and food bank warehouses, large garden, and Redeemed Lives men’s ministry. The furniture warehouse is open to the public for sales, Tuesday to Saturdays. The proceeds from the sales of the furniture fund our programs. We are also able to provide furniture for free or at a reduced cost through our voucher system. If you would like to donate furniture, it can be dropped off during our open hours or you can arrange for pick up by calling 905-735-8260. We also accept donations for our food bank and personal care at our warehouse.

Our large warehouse stores non-perishable and frozen food for our Food Bank. 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 7:00 pm. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” We have a large garden where we can grow fresh produce for our food bank and help our clients learn new skills.

We are continually growing and developing new programs. Contact us if you have any ideas on how we can better serve our community or want to be involved in what we are already doing.