Open Arms Home for Children was founded by Bob and Sallie Solis of Phoenix, Arizona. After taking a family mission trip to South Africa in 2005, the Solis family felt called to do something about the plight of children orphaned by AIDS in the country.
This calling was the genesis of Open Arms and much has been accomplished by this ministry in a short time – thanks to the help of so many people who have joined this effort with their donations, hard work, and prayers.
After that initial trip to South Africa, the Solis family took their life savings and bought the 70-acre hilltop farm that serves as Open Arms Home today. Bob remembers sleeping on the floor on an old mattress in August of 2005—that mattress was the only furniture in the place! Very quickly, funds were raised to buy furnishings and an old car. The Department of Social Development in South Africa followed by granting a license to take in orphaned children and on March 16, 2006, a young
The 700-Mile Walk
Many people have stepped forward in our history to help make Open Arms Home for Children a place of great hope, laughter, and love. There are simply too many people to thank but we know who you are and our God does too!
As we expand the mission, there will be more history and achievements written. We, the board, staff, volunteers, and donors are privileged to be just ordinary people who are trying to provide an extraordinary place for orphaned children to live and grow up. This work is vitally important. As we make history together, everything we do is centered on our biblical motto:
“Whoever welcomes one child such as this in my name, welcomes me.”
In The Media
Nomination for an Invest in Other Award
See the nomination video here for Bob Solis.