Hours & Location

Regular Hours

Monday - Friday

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Phone

Office: (517) 483-2489

Cell: (517) 483-2489

 

History

Corporators

Simba Chiduma (Diploma in Education, B.A. Hons., MSA)

Mascline Chiduma (Diploma in Education, B.A.)

Delivering care that makes a lifetime difference

My wife and I co-founded Open Arms Link in September 2012. Our goal is to make a lifetime difference to all the individuals we care for in our residential licensed homes. Open Arms link is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit licensed by Michigan Department of Human Services Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing. As a Home Health Provider, Open Arms is also contracted with Department of Community Mental Health (Clinton, Eaton and Ingham) and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Open Arms is committed to provide safe, person centered, supportive and structured residential care homes for people with developmental disabilities where they can exercise their right to make choices, grow, and contribute to their community.

I get personal satisfaction knowing that the care that Open Arms provides is rooted in a person-centered environment with genuine concern for the welfare of the client. We support our clients who are focused on doing what they love and living independently.

Focusing on client needs and getting to know them well as individuals is satisfying so we partner with them in fulfilling some of their lifetime goals.

Simba Chiduma: Born in Zimbabwe, immigrated to the United States in 2001. In Zimbabwe I was a High School teacher for 9 years before becoming a school principal for 6 years. Worked as a care giver and AFC manager while going to CMU graduate school. Graduated from Central Michigan University with a Master of Science Administration in 2004. I was adjunct professor at Baker College Muskegon from 2009-2013. At Baker College I taught Cultural Diversity, History, Geography, Sociology and Social Problems.

Mascline Chiduma: Born in Zimbabwe, graduated from the University of Zimbabwe (Diploma in Education) the University of South Africa (B.A). I was a High School teacher with a focus on languages. I cared for individuals with both intellectual and physical disabilities for over 10 years. This is my passion, to look out for the most vulnerable among us as a community.

 

Mission Statement

Open Arms is committed to provide safe, person-centered, supportive and structured residential care homes for people with developmental disabilities where they can exercise their right to make choices, grow, and contribute to their community.


Vision

To provide superior residential care for individuals with physical, cognitive, behavioral and socio-economic challenges through competent, caring adults trained in the most effective research-based person-centered care plans.


Key Goals

  • To create a home environment where clients can demonstrate their ability, learn new skills, participate in work and enjoy the rewards of their success.
  • To provide an array of opportunities, so clients can experience meaningful independence and self-sufficiency.
  • To work closely with clients and their parents/guardians to ensure that all clients in Open Arms' licensed homes are provided with a platform where real opportunities can be realized.
  • To embrace community integration, collaboration and effective utilization of resources that are at our disposal.

Core Values

At the core of our values sits warm hearts driven by gentle care philosophy.

The Core Values of OAL includes:

  • Teamwork
  • Effective Communication
  • Honesty
  • Trustworthy
  • Creativity
  • Assertiveness
  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Solution-Mindedness
  • Responsiveness
  • Patience
  • Respect

OAL believes the following:

  1. Our clients should be empowered to exercise informed choice, that leads to a long term working relationship.
  2. Our clients should have access to needed service that helps them achieve fulfilled independent lives.
  3. Our clients have the right to be treated with dignity and decorum. Client-caregiver relationships that esteem diversity and cultural sensitivity enrich the journey of life.
  4. Our clients should be the center of focus in our planning and execution.
  5. Ongoing empirical evaluation that leads to improvement of both service delivery and organization management is paramount to remaining a premiere home health care service provider.
  6. Services should be provided in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.

 

Credentials

Open Arms link is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit licensed by Michigan Department of Human Services Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing. As a Home Health Provider, Open Arms is also contracted with Department of Community Mental Health (Clinton, Eaton and Ingham) and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.