Open Hearts Community Mission

Matthew 25:34-35: Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in.'

Our purpose is to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, restore the downtrodden, and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Today, June 28, 2017 the State Fire Marshall gave the green light to the Open Hearts Community. Years of sacrifice, incredible generosity and patience reach a crescendo this afternoon when the Mission received the go-ahead to serve our friends and neighbors who are temporarily homeless and need shelter.  Thanks to ALL who have opened their hearts so that Open Hearts is now a reality.

Please let folks know that we are taking calls from those in need of shelter.  The process is to call to get an appointment. Come to the appointment for an interview and possible application. Please see the requirements for enrollment.

The number to call to request an appointment is 912-623-2528.

Requirements To Enroll In OHCM

1.  ID (Proof of Residency of Bulloch County including two non-family members to
vouch that you are a Bulloch County Resident)
2.  Clear: Arrests Warrants, Background Check and Sex-Offender Registry
3.  Verifiable Need of Shelter
4.  Teachable and Interested in Learning Life Skills and Character Development
5.  “Match” for OHCM, Include, but not limited to the following:
A.  Non-Clinical Issues
B.  Non-Convalescent (Male: Lift 50 lbs.  Female: Lift 35 lbs.)
C.  Documentation of Status as Non-Participant in Public Benefit Program(s)
D.  Open to Change and Spiritual Growth
6.  Understanding and Acceptance of High Standards, Strong Boundaries, Clear

7.  Employed (Unemployed must work day labor until employment is secured.)
8.  Agreement with and compliance to Non-Tolerant Policies (Non-tolerance: drugs,
alcohol, tobacco, violence or threat of violence)
9.  Acceptance of and Submission to Established Authority
10. Willingness to Serve in Assigned Duties (Mission and Community)
11. Commitment to Respond Properly to ALL VOLUNTEERS
12. Understand and Agree to Follow ALL House Rules
13. Agreement to Transparency Policy, including inspection of ALL Personal Items,
unannounced drug/alcohol testing and Regular Review of Personal Savings
14. Complete Induction Process and Pass Quiz Over Mission Policies

Jim Lewis — Executive Director


On Monday, November 9, 2015, the Board of Directors hired Jim Lewis as the Executive Director to lead the Mission’s ministries.  Jim has been in full time ministry for 46 years most of which have been invested in work among the urban poor on Skidrow downtown Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Mission and at the Old Savannah City Mission in Savannah, GA. Jim established the Urban Training Institute at both of these Missions. Jim comes to Open Hearts with a strong background in Adult Education. He was on faculty with LA Unified School District for seven years and worked diligently to bring Belmont Community Adult School with an enrollment in excess of 29,000 students into partnership with the Los Angeles Mission as a community-based organization.  He is using God-given creativity to design programs unique to Statesboro.

A full recap can be read at the Statesboro Herald.

Chocolate Run

The 5th Annual Chocolate Run was held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the RAC on the Georgia Southern Campus. Over $47,500 was raised for the operations of our mission in Bulloch County.  Please check back at for more details as plans are finalized for our 2018 race.