Welcome to Open Hearts Open Arms

Welcome to Open Hearts Open Arms

Welcome to Open Hearts Open ArmsWelcome to Open Hearts Open ArmsWelcome to Open Hearts Open Arms

Who We Are


Board Members and Executive Director

From left to right (on back row) James Suddreth (Founding Board Member); Robby Ellis (son); Wanda Ellis (Founding Board Member), Rich Ellis (Founding Board Member and Board President); Heather Green (Board Member); Cindy Faller, (Founder and Executive Director) Not shown: Adam Posan (Board Member), James Kuntz (Board Member)

Mission Statement

To develop affordable housing and to provide life support skills for intellectually and/or developmentally disabled adults, homeless disabled veterans, and homeless foster children/young adults in transition. 

Big News to Share

  • OHOA has been providing services in the Blount County community since January 6, 2020. 
  • The office is open! We're Hiring! 
  • Licensure Granted November 1, 2019
  • We welcomed two new board members: Adam Posan and James Kuntz
  • As we continue to work on obtaining our licenses from the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, we are developing our program to support individuals who have aged out of the foster care system and require transitional living and supports while they work towards meeting their personal goals. To learn more about the need, please read this link.
  • Established as a nonprofit with 501(c)(3) status on November 2017


  1. Services we offer individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Blount County:  Day services (Community Participation, Wraparound, and Supported Employment), Personal Assistance,  Respite, Semi-Independent Living, Supported Living, and Transportation. 
  2. Working in collaboration with community stake-holders we will provide transitional and supported living options for young adults who have aged out of the foster care system. 
  3. Our home office is located in Maryville, TN and we have a home that will serve supported persons once it is licensed in Rockford, Blount County TN.  

About Us

How We Are Helping

Open Hearts Open Arms is a charitable nonprofit organization chartered in Tennessee that has been established to provide a variety of support services to adults with intellectual disabilities  and individuals who have aged out of the foster system in the Blount County area.   

Get Involved

Are you passionate about what we are doing? Right now we are in need of volunteers from the Blount County area that have a connection to the Intellectual Disability world or have a passion and a means to support Open Hearts Open Arms as it grows through these initial stages. We’re currently in the process of acquiring licensure through the State of Tennessee’s Department of Developmental Disabilities. We have our 501(c)(3) and we would love for someone with grant writing experience to join our team. We are always in need of financial support. If you can't donate money but you have other resources, check our Help Us page. If you are still not sure you can help, but want to keep in touch with what we’re doing, follow us on Facebook. We will help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you.  We are excited to have you join the team! 

Thank You

Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. 


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We are dedicated to improving the lives of those in our community. Your contribution today helps us make a difference.



Office Open - By Appointment Only

All day

Maryville, TN

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Office Open - By Appointment Only

Our office hours will be by appointment only for the time being.

All day

Maryville, TN

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Open Hearts Open Arms

Preservation Place, 200 East Broadway Avenue, Suite B-30, Maryville, TN 37804

Main (865) 724-6748 Fax (865) 238-0313 ohoa@ohoaonline.org



By Appointment


By Appointment


09:00 am – 05:00 pm


By Appointment


By Appointment





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