Who We Are

Open Arms Transitional Home in Three Rivers, Texas is a loving and safe place for teens that have aged out of Foster Care.

Here they can live in a wholesome home environment, learn job and life skills, heal from their traumatic past and discover their God-given talents and purpose. We are committed to healing, restoring, and transforming the hearts and lives of the residents we serve. We introduce healing through the demonstration of the unconditional love of God, various proven therapies, direction and support to lead them into productive and wholesome lives. We are Christ-centered, and our programs and therapies are rooted in the redemptive love and mercy of Jesus Christ.

WHY is Open Arms Transitional Home needed?

Teens that age out of Foster Care are extremely vulnerable to drugs, prostitution, human and sex trafficking, severe depression, chronic hopelessness, and sadly, suicide. Through no fault of their own, most have grown up in the Foster Care system or Shelter environment where everything has been handed to them and
decisions made for them. They have not learned any job or life skills. They do not know how to find a job, earn a living, locate and maintain housing for themselves, cook a meal, drive a car, manage money, open a checking/savings account, deal with conflict resolutions, care for themselves or shop for food, clothing or other
essentials. They drift from place to place and many end up on the streets for years without a solution in sight. Without a strong support system, they may never become self-sufficient.

Open Arms Transitional Home receives young females from 18-24 years of age and teaches them what they need to know to help them grow into productive, healthy, and contributing citizens of society. Instead of expecting a hand-out each time they need something, they will be able to take care of themselves and learn to become a contributor instead of a “taker”. They are taught how to fish instead of receiving a fish each time they are hungry. They will no longer be a victim but become victorious in life.

WHERE are We Located?

Open Arms Transitional Home is in Three Rivers, Texas. A little more than an hour south of San Antonio, Texas just off Highway 37 South. Our occupancy is 70 residents.

HOW to Apply

If you are interested in applying for a bed, please send your contact information to the following email address and an application will be sent to you. If we are full at the time, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified when a bed becomes available. Please send at least two ways to communicate with you. Send your inquiry email to info@OpenArmsHome.org


Rev. Lili Kristan founded our non-profit organization in 1994 to guide adolescents in making godly and productive choices for their lives during their formative years. She and her two sons visited over 200 schools with their award-winning “Local Hero” program. This program won the “Imagineer’s Award” and the “Jefferson Award” for its exemplary work with students. She and her two sons began a good work and today it has blossomed into a great work that continues to impact lives, families and communities for multiple generations. Now you can become a part of what has already been built and add your own lasting contribution to this continuing legacy.


— Our Mission

To Heal Hearts with the Love of God.


— Our Vision

To contribute to building healthy, wholesome, and productive people and communities through the love of God.


— Our Core Values

Our values are founded on the Word of God and embedded in all that we do and teach.

  • Faith in God
  • Unconditional Love
  • Truth & Integrity
  • Service to Others
  • United in Hope
  • Purposed Filled

Open Arms Transitional Home operates and teaches based on our Core Values with the intent of developing loving, productive, purpose driven young adults that will produce healthy and contributing families and relationships that will build strong and fruitful citizens and communities.

Our greater Vision is in transforming entire communities and cities by healing and transforming individual lives. Our values are reflected in our Statement of Faith.

Our housing program for vulnerable teens that age out of Foster Care complies with all applicable state and federal Fair Housing laws including the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and applicable implementing regulations.