Open Arms

Open Arms is a free, values-based program dedicated to providing support to grieving children and their families. St. John Providence Community Health, created Open Arms in 1998.

The goal of the program was to address the needs of grieving youth, an often-overlooked population. In April 1998, Open Arms began its free on-going support groups for youth and their families. Six months later, the program responded to the community’s needs for an agency that addressed the concerns of grieving homicide victims and expanded to include the Homicide Survivor’s Support Program which is currently funded by the Michigan Crime Victim Services Commission. The School-based Outreach Program was piloted in the Detroit Public Schools in the fall of 1999 and currently provides support groups in over fifteen local schools per year. Open Arms also has a Trauma Response Team which is called on to provide trauma debriefing in the communities after a traumatic death has occurred.

The main purpose of this program is to assist in the prevention and reduction of violence in our communities. Open Arms currently provides services in the Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County. Open Arms receives many requests from school districts for immediate trauma and loss support resulting from a student or faculty’s death. We have seen an increase in the rate of violence in all three of these counties. The following are basic objectives of the program:
• To teach youth positive coping skills for handling painful emotions associated with grief, loss, anger and trauma.
• To decrease violent behaviors and negative responses in youth and adults.
• To increase collaboration efficiency among agencies providing support to crime victims and addressing the violence crisis in our communities.
• To reduce depression and su***de ideation in families effected by violence.
• To provide counseling and supportive services to youth and adults experiencing trauma grief associated with violent crimes such as homicide.

Operating as usual 06/29/2020

The Rebound Detroit: How domestic violence victims can get help during the pandemic

Open Arms is here to help! According to national statistics, nearly 20 people every minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in America. That amounts to more than 10 million people a year.

[06/09/20]   Open Arms would like to thank everyone who presented and viewed our first Virtual Resource Fair! It was a great success!! Thank you all!!!! More information from the fair will be posted soon. Stay tuned!


Join in tomorrow for our Virtual Resource Fair!!!

To join the video meeting, click this link:
Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 413-338-0595 and enter this PIN: 716 360 717#
To view more phone numbers, click this link:


Open Arms and Community Partners are hosting a Virtual Resource Fair! Please Save the Date to hear about some of the great resources and services that are here to help our communities! More details to come!


Open Arms Supports #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek ! Mental Health is Physical Health! Elimate the stigma! Let's talk about it! Take care of YOU!

[05/04/20]   Our Therapists, Victim Advocates, and Support Staff are using Telehealth to meet with our clients. If you or someone you know may benefit from our services at this time then contact us. We are here for you! 313-369-5780


We at Open Arms understand that COVID-19 has made it more challenging for families and individuals to grieve alone. We are here to help! We are providing free virtual grief counseling and support services to children, adults, and their families. Please view and share the documents attached to this email. Please call us for more information at 313-369-5780. 04/26/2016

Violence against children leaves residents fearful

We hear you, Community and we are sure glad that Detroit Police Department has announced an initiative for combating this senseless violence.... #takingbackneighborhoods #crimevictimadvocates ‘Why would you want to kill somebody’s baby,’ says one; others won’t let kids play out front of homes anymore


Crime Stoppers of Michigan

Earl Odell Body was murdered 9 years ago on August 2nd, 2007. Earl and Parris Jackson were killed in their home located at the 3000 block of Guilford near Cadieux and Mack Ave. on the east side of Detroit. This took place at 12 am.

His family STILL does not have any answers, and they desperately need closure. Earl's mother spoke on her life after this tragic event; "That was my only son, and it took a toll on my life. What you did , I just want to know why."

If you have any information about Earl Body's death, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-speak up. There is a cash reward of up to $2,700 for any information that leads to an arrest. All calls are 100% anonymous, and all rewards are paid anonymously!

[04/12/16]   Don't forget today is the Victim Dedication Program at 2pm on Belle Isle at Sunset Point. #nationalcrimevictimsrightsweek


We'll see everyone there!

SAVE THE DATE! The Detroit Police Department honors National Crime Victims' Rights Week - April 10-16, 2016

[04/08/16]   Crime Victims Compensation is a program that helps pay out-of-pocket medical expenses, lost earnings, funeral bills or counseling for people who suffer physical injury as a direct result of a crime - Open Arms has crime victim advocates who can help you access these funds. Give us a call for more information 313 - 369 - 5780


Timeline Photos


Timeline Photos


We sure wish Spring would come back in time for Opening Day! Not looking too promising though.... #DetroitTigers 04/01/2016

Shandra Woworuntu: My life as a s*x-trafficking victim - BBC News

"I have decided to do everything I can to help other victims of trafficking. I started an organisation, Mentari, which helps survivors reintegrate into community, and connects them to the job market." #powerful Shandra Woworuntu hoped to start a new career in the US hotel industry, but instead she found herself in a world of s*xual slavery, forced drug-taking and violence. 03/30/2016

Common enrollment system launches in Detroit today

FYI: The enrollment period for families runs April 1-30.


Timeline Photos


Did you know?

[03/24/16]   Grief Support Groups for children, teens and adults tomorrow night! Learn about the grief process, coping skills and how to commemorate the memory of your loved one while meeting people who have experienced a loss as well. 03/23/2016

President Obama Applauds Every Brave Woman Speaking Out Against Online Harassment

As do we..... "Women are lifting others out of the shadows and raising our collective consciousness about a problem that affects all of us."

[03/17/16]   Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Join us this Thursday!


Our Grief Support Groups for Children, Teens and Adults start up again tomorrow... Give us a call for more information (313) 369-5780 03/08/2016

Michigan primary election day: What voters need to know Michigan is the central focus of the 2016 presidential campaign today, as state voters cast their ballots in what both Democrats and Republicans see as a critical primary. 03/07/2016

Getting Grief Right

"The truth is that grief is as unique as a fingerprint, conforms to no timetable or societal expectation." We agree, Dr. Patrick O'Malley.. Read the rest of his beautiful article essay on grief and loss Don’t believe what you hear about closure and “stages” of mourning.


After a week off, our grief groups for children, teens and adults will getting started again this Thursday at 6pm. Contact us at (313) 369-5780 for more information. 03/02/2016

Study: 1 in 5 teen girls victim of dating violence

This is an interesting article we stumbled across while doing research on how we can help prevent teen dating violence... Boys and girls who have been victims of dating violence are more likely to get into fights, carry a weapon, use alcohol, use ma*****na or co***ne and have s*x with multiple partners, the study says.


Open Arms' Felecia Berry and Karen Gray-Sheffield received awards for their work in the community at the 11th Precinct Appreciation Luncheon last week! Congrats, guys!

Open Arms Memorial Service Dec 2015 02/29/2016

Open Arms Memorial Service Dec 2015

Open Arms Balloon Release June 2015 02/29/2016

Open Arms Balloon Release June 2015


St. John Open Arms

Videos (show all)

St. John Open Arms




4777 E Outer Dr
Detroit, MI

General information

What are the symptoms of children’s grief? •depression •guilt •poor to sleep •loss of appetite •isolation and loss of interest in daily activities and events •poor school performance •thoughts of su***de What are the Benefits of Grief Support Groups? Short-term benefits include: •Increase in the number of youth who feel free to talk about their feelings of loss with peers and caregivers •Improved family relationships, improved appearance, self-esteem •Increase in youth’s knowledge of personal strengths and positive conflict resolution methods •Decrease in number of violent episodes involving children with grief issues Long -term evaluation will document benefits of: •Increased positive attitudes and behaviors •Reduced suicidal tendencies, depression, and levels of anger and anxiety •Better academic performance How much do Open Arms grief support cost? Open Arms grief support services are free for participants, therefore we count on your donations to ensure that our support groups and other programs are available to grieving children throughout Metropolitan Detroit. Open Arms is a program within St. John Community Health Investment Corporation, which is a 501(c)(3) organization, so your financial support is completely tax-deductible.
Other Counseling & Mental Health in Detroit (show all)
Behavioral Healthcare & Assessments, PLLC Behavioral Healthcare & Assessments, PLLC
6625 Grand River Ave
Detroit, 48227

Behavioral Healthcare & Assessments, PLLC is a private group of licensed/Mental health professionals with over 60 years of clinical, educational experience

Institute for Population Health Institute for Population Health
1400 Woodbridge St
Detroit, 48207

Ketamine Institute of Michigan Ketamine Institute of Michigan
4777 Outer Drive E. Unit 2 West
Detroit, 48234

The Ketamine Institute of Michigan specializes in Ketamine Therapy, a breakthrough method of helping patients with treatment resistant depression, mood disorders, suicidal ideations, chronic pain, fibromyalgia and other types of pain. Call for more info

Calebs Kids Calebs Kids
2470 Collingwood Street
Detroit, 48206

Our work is catered to Metro-Detroit Area youth grades 6 – 12. We positively impact su***de rates by providing tools, resources, educational materials, workshops, and other support for mental health awareness and su***de prevention.

Patrece M. Lucas, MS, LPC Community Counselor Patrece M. Lucas, MS, LPC Community Counselor
Detroit, 48234-2113

Counselor | Life Coach | Mediator indigo transitions prepare � manifest � live let me assist you as you PREPARE to MANIFEST and LIVE your best life...

Blount Psychology Blount Psychology
15 E Kirby St, Ste 101
Detroit, 48202

Think Well, Live Well with Blount Psychology

Avortex Counseling and Coaching Services Avortex Counseling and Coaching Services

Welcome to Avortex Counseling and Coaching Service where you can receive help right where you are via telephone, encrypted email, text or video.

Families-R-Special Counseling Families-R-Special Counseling
13011 W McNichols Rd
Detroit, 48235

We care about your concerns.

Health Management Systems of America (HMSA) Health Management Systems of America (HMSA)
601 Washington Blvd
Detroit, 48226

Helping People, Inspiring Solutions.

Above & Beyond LIFE Matters Above & Beyond LIFE Matters
"in The D"
Detroit, 48202

Mind-Body-Spirit Connection for your BEST Health and Longevity.

UDM School Psychology UDM School Psychology
4001 W McNichols Rd
Detroit, 48221

The mission of the SPGSA is to foster and support an environment in which graduate students can develop personally and professionally.

Motor City Center for Hope, LLC Motor City Center for Hope, LLC
18244 West McNichols
Detroit, 48219

At Motor City Center for Hope, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality of individual, group, and family therapy services.