Transforming Buildings, Transforming Lives



  • June 4, 2015 is Do More 24. Give Where You Live. Visit: to find out more and how you can support Open Arms Housing. Read More
  • The Dunbar is home to 16 formerly homeless women identified as the most vulnerable on the streets of Washington DC. The Dunbar offers permanent homes and a stabilizing element to the NOMA community.
  • Fundraising is a constant challenge but at Open Arms we rise to that challenge. While we receive local and federal government funding, the money raised fundraising is vital to the support and variety of supportive services we offer to our residents.
  • Our Arts Program engages and encourages residents to express emotionally through artistic expression.
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Open Arms Housing


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Dear Friends:


Open Arms Housing is once again gearing up for Do More 24!


Do More 24 is an annual 24-hour event of "Giving Where You Live" sponsored by the United Way of the National Capital Area. In 2014 Do More 24 raised a combined 1.1 million dollars for DC regional charities. Last year, Open Arms Housing raised almost $2000 for 2015 our goal for June 4th is $25,000. 

Open Arms Housing serves a unique population, adult women with a variety of mental and/or physical challenges who have experienced long-term homelessness on the streets of Washington, DC. Typically, finding permanent supportive housing for this population is difficult as there are so few options that address their unique individual needs. Open Arms Housing provides permanent supportive housing in a comfortable safe environment, using the Housing First approach. Women who reside here will always have a home unless they choose to leave.

With your support, look at what we can do:
  • $24 helps OAH provide one (1) resident with supplemental items for daily living. Often residents run out of money for food, toiletries and cleaning supplies.


  • $48 helps OAH provide two (2) residents with supplemental items for daily living. Often residents run out of money for food, toiletries, cleaning supplies transportation costs, stamps and more .


  • $124 would help support engaging our residents in theater, arts and entertainment activities. Such activities have had a positive impact on the well being of our residents. $124 helps to defray costs of some  specialized  supportive services i.e., temporary Home Health Aide (HHA), specialized issue counseling and group support activities.


  • $240 are first steps to help purchase a passenger van. A passenger van would increase our mobility to provide much needed transportation to residents with mobility issues in addition to, decreasing the financial impact transportation costs can have on the limited funds of our residents. A passenger van would also create greater and easier access to more enriching off site activities to the residents of Open Arms Housing.

Open Arms broke ground (April 29, 2015) on a new residence, Owen House. Owen House will provide additional permanent supportive housing to the homeless women of Washington, DC. A passenger van would make it possible to transport residents between both The Dunbar and Owen House programs.


On June 4th, please donate to Open Arms Housing using this link, We need your support. Please tell your friends, family and coworkers why you believe in our work.


You can also help us win extra cash prizes for the most donors and most donations on June 4th. So, please be sure to spread the word.


Thank you for your support.

Marilyn Kresky-Wolff, Executive Director


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Community interest and involvement is a vital and successful component to OAH. You are the “U” in community. If you are looking to engage with and provide support that enriches and empowers the women of OAH, please contact:

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