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Open Arms Village

OCALA – A new homeless facility nears completion at St. Mark's United Methodist Church.

More than just a shelter, Open Arms Village is a comprehensive program with a mission to help homeless men and women achieve independence.

Pastor Susan Gray of St. Mark's helps hang the sign outside of the facility.

After screening, residents gain access to a generous array of services. In addition to having their basic needs met, those admitted receive assistance finding work and housing. Other services include legal aid, substance abuse counseling, and GED classes. Access to physical, mental and spiritual services is available on site.

The hope is to help men and women in desperate situations escape homelessness once and for all.

Open Arms is a collaborative effort by the mayor of Ocala, St. Mark’s, First United Methodist Church, Catholic Charities, Interfaith Emergency Services, Blessed Trinity/Brother’s Keeper, Second Bethlehem Baptist Association, The Centers, the police chief of Ocala, the Marion County Sheriff, Mental Health Court, the Public Defender’s Office, the Marion County School Board, the Marion County Health Department, CareerSource and others.

For more information about Open Arms Village please visit or contact Ted Strawbridge at 352-427-3232.