Change And Sameness

In any not-for-profit agency, the executive leadership has two primary obligations.  The first is to ensure that the work being done reflects the agency’s mission effectively.  The second obligation is to ensure that the essential aspects of the mission continue to be possible.   Most of the time this second obligation takes the form of […]

Kenneth Shares His Story Of “Help & Hope” From The Open Shelter

Kenneth has been a guest of ours for many years.  He is one of nearly 50 guests we assist through our Payeeship Program.  Kenneth sat down with us to talk about how The Open Shelter has helped him. “I grew up in a foster home.  I was one of seven children.  There was a little […]

Meet Sheli Mathias; Executive Assistant To The Director

I have been on the journey of a lifetime.  Never did I think I would be spending my days working with the homeless and marginally housed population of Columbus. My journey into adulthood started when I graduated from Capital University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in Education.  I started a teaching career in Reynoldsburg […]

Give BIG For The Open Shelter During The BIG Give!

The Big Give is a 26-hour online giving rally to make a difference through kindness. The Columbus Foundation, its family of donors, and community and corporate partners have provided a $1.3 Million+ Bonus Pool. Donations received during the event will be amplified by Bonus Pool funds on a pro-rated basis. Everyone who gives will have […]

Support The Open Shelter With Dirty Frank’s “Dogs For A Cause”!

Support The Open Shelter & our “Ho Ho Hope For The Holidays” Program by eating at Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace (248 S. 4th St. Columbus OH  43215) on Mondays in October! Dine on Dirty Frank’s Delicious Food & help the homeless & marginally housed! 10% of all dine-in food sales will donated! THE OPEN SHELTER 61 E. […]

Enjoy A Barrrrrrrrgain at HOOT!

On the final Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM, Gateway Film Center provides stimulating activities for families, including games, story readings, Dance Cam where kids and their families can watch themselves bust a move on the big screen and more. At 11:00 AM, enjoy live music by The Shazzbots! and kid-friendly short films. All presentations in the HOOT Family […]

Hope For The Homeless Fundraiser!

We had so much fun we are doing it again! Join us at the Crazee Mule Pub & Grill (6188 Cleveland Ave., Columbus OH  43231) for a fun day of music from One Notch Down & Ancient Alien Theorists, food, drinks, prize drawings, silent auctions & raffles . Proceeds will benefit The Open Shelter and […]

Celebrating The Life Of Mary Beittel

We would like to thank everyone who attended & volunteered for the Memorial Service for Mary A. Beittel, who served so many years by the side of her husband, Kent Beittel as Executive Team of The Open Shelter.  It was heartwarming to see so many familiar faces come out to pay respect to her memory. […]

HELP THE OPEN SHELTER BY ATTENDING THE NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP FOR FREE!

YOU can help support The Open Shelter by attending the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship (8/31-9/3) and redeeming our Charity Ticket at the gate!  YOU get in FREE with the ticket!  Even better, with every Open Shelter ticket redeemed, a $10 donation will be made to The Open Shelter, which will help the homeless & marginally housed in our community. […]

Beat The Back To School Blues With “HOOT”!

On the final Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM, Gateway Film Center provides stimulating activities for families, including games, story readings, Dance Cam where kids and their families can watch themselves bust a move on the big screen and more. At 11:00 AM, enjoy live music by The Shazzbots! and kid-friendly short films. All presentations in the HOOT Family […]