Youth and Young Adult Shelter
Open Arms, Inc. began in 1991 in response to a Grand Jury’s recommendations to fight child abuse. The Bridge was opened as a temporary shelter for confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect. Since 1991, Open Arms has expanded to include other sheltering programs that broaden the availability of life-altering programs for children, youth, and families that are victims of child abuse, homelessness, and human trafficking. Open Arms, Inc is the umbrella organization which oversees 4 other sheltering programs. These programs are The Bridge, The Maternity Group Home, Transitional Living Program Shelter and Scattered-Site Apartments, and the Emergency Shelter for Unaccompanied Youth and Families. Additionally, we offer two Outreach Programs and Rapid Rehousing.
The mission of Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter is to provides services to at-risk youth ages 11-18 and their families, to increase their functional level, and reunify families whenever possible.
The Young Adult Guidance Center, Inc. was started in 1986 by Marion L. Simpson, a career social worker. Having worked with youth in residential programs, Mr. Simpson noticed a critical service gap for older male youth. Males who were 16 or 17 could not accompany their families into family shelters because they were considered a safety risk. Although they were unable to be admitted into the family shelters, they were still too young to be admitted into adult shelters. There was also an entire population of young people, primarily males, who had aged out of the foster care and juvenile justice system. Once these young people turned 18, they were no longer in state custody and left without a support system or the tools needed for success. Mr. Simpson founded the Young Adult Guidance Center to fill this void.
Emergency Youth Shelter
Mission: to develop, implement, and provide programs that have a positive impact on youth ages 10-24 years old and their families who live in the Greater Atlanta metropolitan area.