Our Mission Statement

The Open Shelter is an Advocacy Center & Day Services Shelter for homeless and marginally-housed people in Central Ohio. We provide crucial needs directly to those in crisis. Coordinated, supportive services are also provided, directly or by referral. By providing these tools, we help those who are the most vulnerable in our community.

YOU Made Mother’s Day Memorable!

Thank you to EVERYONE who brightened the lives of the mothers we serve! Golden Delight Bakery, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Phil Callahan & The MoMM Foundation, Samantha and Kirstin Babcock, Terri Lee Harmon Schoenberger, Alli Smith, Sue Poulton, Target At Polaris, Molly Barrington, Debra Diggs and Whitney Davern all donated wonderful items. Thanks to Mz Red, […]

Solomon Dean; A Lifetime Of Dedication

Congratulations to our Deputy Director of Day Services, Solomon Dean, for being the 2021 recipient of the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless Kent & Mary Beittel Lifetime Achievement Award! “Fair, Consistent & Predictable.”  Those are the words our Deputy Director Of Day Services Solomon Dean has lived by working at The Open Shelter for almost […]

We Need YOU To Make Mother’s Day Memorable!

Mother’s Day is less than a month away and we need help honoring the mothers we serve. Our hope is to give out 60 swag bags but we still need the following items donated by Friday, April 30 to make it happen!- “One Size” & “Tall & Curvy”– Leggings– Footies (ankle socks)– Candy– Jewelry– Mini […]

Your Support Made Our First Quarter Productive

Thanks to YOUR support, during the first quarter of 2021, we had 6,257 encounters in which we assisted 919 homeless and marginally housed men, women and children. Here is what YOUR support provided to those we serve from January 4th through March 31st—14,476 sack lunches.179 hygiene kits.20,196 ‘to-go’ meals.1,035 instances of clothing assistance.519 occurrences of […]

An Easter Feast That Can’t Be Beat

We celebrated Easter a little early with those we serve thanks to a wonderful feast made by our Deputy Director of Day Services, Solomon Dean. Thanks also to Sister Pat Pieper & Jamie Hammond for helping serve!

One Year Ago

One year ago, our lives began to change due to the onset of a global pandemic. But thanks to YOUR support and the patience & cooperation of our guests, we did not miss a day of service due to COVID-19. We are grateful to be here for those we serve and look forward to brighter […]

Fair, Consistent & Predictable

Fair, Consistent & Predictable is a mantra that was passed down to us from one of our founders, Kent Beittel.  We make sure that those The Open Shelter serves; homeless and marginally housed men, women and children, are able to trust us by following these three simple words.  Fair- Treating our guests with respect and dignity but also […]

Thank You Fleet Feet + FrontRunner!

Thank you to Ally (far left) and Erin (far right) from Fleet Feet + FrontRunner who brought 7 bags & boxes of clothing and a BIG CHECK to help our mission and those we serve! Thanks also to Jeff for reaching out to us and making this blessing happen!

Helping The Helpers

Karaline Cohen of WSYX ABC 6 did an enlightening report on how agencies in Central Ohio like ours help those who are out in the cold. You can view it here– https://abc6onyourside.com/news/highlighting-the-helpers/keeping-the-central-ohio-community-warm-and-fed-as-we-approach-our-coldest-winter-days-02-03-2021

YOU Answered The Challenges Of 2020

2020 was a struggle.  We are sure everyone can agree on that.  We all had to make changes and face unprecedented challenges.  From the current pandemic to social injustice and civil unrest, we had to answer hard questions and make tough decisions.  We and those we serve were also confronted with the unfortunate passing of […]