Open Arms Men’s Shelter
“A lot of people look down on homeless people. I was that way myself until I fell into some bad times. What people don’t realize is that they could be only a paycheck away from homelessness, themselves.”
Open Arms serves homeless, single adult males in need of temporary housing. 75% of our guests are referred through the Westchester Department of Social Services (DSS), while the remaining 25% are walk-ins “off the streets.” Many residents struggle with substance abuse or mental illness, HIV/AIDS, or have co-occurring disorders. Some are just out of prison on parole.
Open Arms began operation in July 1989. It provides a full range of services for up to 38 homeless men, 24/7 year-round. It also provides emergency shelter and meals for up to 50 men each night—a total of 500 unduplicated individuals annually. These are men who would spend their nights on the streets without the assistance of Open Arms.
The shelter provides much more than a bed, shower and meal—our guests receive support and encouragement to engage in substance abuse and mental health recovery programs or employment services—as each follows their own, unique path to a better life.
Open Arms’ Staff includes case managers, client care workers and managers working as a team. Each resident is personally matched with a case worker, who works with them to develop an individualized program to best meet their needs. Our objective is to place residents in transitional or permanent housing, while moving them toward independent living and as quickly as possible.
86 East Post Road
White Plains, NY 10601
NOTE: Entrance is at rear of building- first driveway on the right off of Martin Luther King Blvd.
Barbara Bento-Fleming, Director, Shelter & Homeless Outreach Services
Jennifer Smart, Shelter Services Manager
How You Can Help
Your donations can make Open Arms feel less like a shelter and more like a home.
In addition to financial donations, donations of new underwear, socks, pajamas, winter scarves, gloves, hats and toiletries are always welcome.
To Volunteer or make an In-Kind Donation—please contact: