Category Archives: Spotlight

A journey from denial to optimism

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By Ashley Hackett, Photojournalism Intern A year and a half ago, Diane Brown* sat in her small apartment in Chicago, reeling with feelings of denial and depression. She had been diagnosed with HIV at the age of 58, and the illness … Continue reading

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Making life easier and healthier

Client Lori and her sister and caregiver Diane

From the 2016 Annual Report When Lori was diagnosed with brain cancer, she and her sister Diane did their best to face the challenges that came with her diagnosis. As medical bills mounted and radiation took its toll on Lori, … Continue reading

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Food for the family, friendship for the soul

Client Charlene and her volunteer meal delivery driver Hugh

From the 2016 Annual Report Charlene has a lot on her plate: She has HIV, and she is the primary caregiver for several of her young grandchildren. But thanks to weekly meal deliveries from Open Arms, she doesn’t need to … Continue reading

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A heart for helping others leads to Open Arms

Volunteer Jane at the reception desk

By Amy Bowman, Open Arms volunteer For Jane Borochoff of Plymouth, MN, volunteering is a way of life. Jane has a heart for helping others and began doing so as a young girl by visiting a lonely neighbor and befriending … Continue reading

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18 years of steadfast service: Lisa’s volunteer story

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By Ashley Hackett, Photojournalism Intern Volunteer Lisa Genis has found a strong sense of community in her more than 18 years of involvement at Open Arms.  She has seen the organization grow exponentially in size and influence and move to a larger and … Continue reading

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A passion for AIDS care leads to 10 years of volunteering

By Ashley Hackett, Open Arms Photojournalism Intern It’s Wednesday morning, and above the Open Arms kitchen Tom Becker sits quietly typing at a computer. As a passionate volunteer and advocate for the HIV/AIDS community since the late 1980s, Tom wanted … Continue reading

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Fulfilling graduation hours with fulfilling volunteer work

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By Amy Bowman, Open Arms volunteer Sanjay Ragoonanan is looking to the future. As a junior at Cristo Rey High School, he has high hopes for college, where he wants to study medicine or computer science. Of course, his college … Continue reading

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A reassuring comfort during chemo

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By Stephanie Mork, Open Arms Photojournalism Intern 2016 was a difficult year for Judy and her husband Larry. In April, Larry lost his job. A month or two later, Judy began to notice some chest pain and difficulty breathing. She went … Continue reading

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A Chance to Pay It Forward

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Last week Open Arms celebrated our 5 millionth meal delivery, and we were lucky to have volunteer Sarah Nybo deliver it to Erica’s family. Sarah, a 16-year C.H. Robinson employee, has volunteered with Open Arms for years. She helps coordinate … Continue reading

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The Family Behind Our Five Millionth Meal Delivery

Last week we celebrated a huge achievement for Open Arms: the delivery of our 5 millionth meal! And that milestone meal couldn’t have gone to a sweeter family. Erica, a teacher at a Bloomington school, was diagnosed with uterine cancer earlier … Continue reading

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