Holding Space with Open Arms

Nov. 24, 2020, 12:07 p.m.

The Day Centre at Open Arms opened its doors two years ago to address the needs of the increasing homeless population in Whangārei.

The centre provides food, showers, a place to wash clothes, meet people and an address to be able to send mail to.

One Double Five Community House Trust oversaw the development of the facility and it's run on funding from trusts and they are always looking for other means of financially supporting the centre.

It is a place of love caring and giving, whilst also providing wrap-around social services, counselling, budget advice, legal advice, support when dealing with government departments, helping with emergency housing and a place where people can just relax and enjoy the company of others

While it was started as a place to meet the needs of the homeless it has grown to be much more than that, it is a place for anyone and everyone and tries to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our community.

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