Participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony were, from left, Dr. Diana Turner, OACHSC psychologist and clinical consultant; Naomi Riley, office of Congresswoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove; Janay Coplon, Empowerment Congress Central Area Neighborhood Council; Mary Watson, Grieay Thompson, Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Sandra Gonzales, office of Senator Laphonza Butler, and Nicole Bernard, office of Mayor Karen Bass.  (Courtesy photo)

Quality healthcare, mental health support, counseling, and housing are among the services offered at Open Arms Community Health & Service Center located at 6317 S. Figueroa St., in South Los Angeles.

Demonstrating commitment to assisting individuals and families struggling with homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse, and other challenges, the organization held a grand opening for the new facility on April 20.

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According to a spokesperson, “We aim to connect individuals experiencing homelessness with vital resources and foster collaboration among supporters, sponsors, and partners to combat this pressing issue.”

Grieay Thompson, Open Arms founder, receives a certificate of recognition from Naomi Riley of Congresswoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove’s office. (Courtesy photo)

The event featured local food trucks, entertainment for children, and presentations by community leaders. Attendees were encouraged to networking and join Open Arms in combating homelessness. Since 2015, the organization has housed more than 4,400 individuals and families, with 3,100 transitioning to permanent housing.

Also, Open Arms has employed hundreds of homeless individuals and linked over 2,000 with employment through contracted workforce partners.

The mission statement of Open Arms stresses that the group “is deeply rooted in compassion and solidarity. We are committed to providing a diverse range of services, including healthcare, mental health support, housing assistance, and more, to underserved populations in our community. In the face of adversity, we stand firm in our belief that every individual deserves dignity, support, and a pathway to stability.”

To learn more, visit, email [email protected], or call toll-free (844) 676-2767.


Open Arms Founder Grieay Thompson with board members, clinicians, and support staff. (Courtesy photo)