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Review for Open Arms Housing, Inc, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

In 2009 I was asked to help out at the grand opening of Open Arms Housing, Inc's first (and currently only) housing facility on O Street. I was extremely impressed by the building and the quality of furniture and amenities that would be provided to each future resident. I came away from my visit convinced that any woman given the opportunity to rent one of the units in this housing first program would undoubtedly have a better chance of overcoming the adversity, mental health issues, or other circumstances that caused her to become homeless. Indeed, a number of months later, I met several residents when walking for Open Arms, Inc in the Homeless Walk in DC. In speaking with the residents it was clear that these women were benefiting tremendously from this housing first program and that the donations and funding from governmental agencies had provided an immediate and powerful return on investment. As such, it is my great hope that this organization will continue to be recognized as deserving support from individual and corporate donors, as well as funding from government agencies. Furthermore, I believe that the success of Open Arms, Inc can serve as model for the concept of housing first in action and lead to an expansion of this innovative solution to the problem of homelessness, thus making the case for supporting the organization all the more compelling.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the innovative approach to addressing the problem of homelessness, with a focus on homeless women.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Board members, executive director, program manager.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand services to its residents and open further facilities to serve more women in the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & I volunteered an event celebrating the opening of the organization and have visited once since.