Recently Goodwill and Open Hearts Community Mission entered a Partnership which is truly a WIN-WIN PROPOSITION.

The Mission is blessed with a beautiful facility for which we are deeply grateful; however, there is a shortage of storage. There is simply no room to received all the donations our generous donors want to make. We believe the Father has provided an answer.

The recent Goodwill and Open Hearts Community Mission Partnership allows you to make a donation to GOODWILL that will benefit Open Hearts Community Mission.  Please submit a “GOODWILL DONOR PARTNER CARD” for each bag, box or item you donate. Please call the attention of the Donor Greeter to take note of each of your Donor Partner Card. For each individual donation made in the name of Open Hearts Community Mission, Goodwill provides the Mission with a $5.00 voucher. The Mission is notified at the end of each month of the number of $5.00 vouchers based on donations received in its name by GOODWILL. With these vouchers our residents can shop at the Goodwill Stores. This enables them to make their own selection…color, size, style, etc. And, it relieves the Mission of the burden of sorting, laundering/clean and storing your generous donations.

Please remember to use the “GOODWILL DONOR PARTNER CARD” with the Mission’s name on the first line. This will assure those we serve will be empowered to make choices of their clothing, shoes and even household items when they are ready to be fully independent, working and tax-paying citizens of our community.



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.