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.

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 […]

Happy Holidays From The Open Shelter! Limited Days To Donate In 2020.

Happy Holidays From The Open Shelter!!!  We hope that during this very unique year of 2020 you are enjoying a safe and peaceful Holiday Season. We are so grateful for your support. LIMITED DAYS IN 2020 TO DONATE!If you are a supporter of our mission of “Staying Behind With Those Left Behind” and donated to […]

Use Our Amazon Winter Wishlist!

We now have a Amazon Winter Wishlist!Desperately needed items such as coats, jeans, underwear and tents are on there in addition to other items we strive to keep in stock every day. Check it out and if you can send some of the items our way, we and those we serve would greatly appreciate it!https://a.co/aOFaz25 […]

End Of An Era; Beginning Of A Legacy

On this #GivingTuesday, we at The Open Shelter turn to thoughts of someone who truly gave of himself; our Director Emeritus, Kent R. Beittel, who passed away on October 16th.  Kent’s energy, passion, love and commitment were never in question as he strived to help “his people”.  The disenfranchised.  The homeless.  The marginally housed.  The […]