A Fun Way To Help The Open Shelter!

Here’s a fun way to help our agency!  We are having a fundraiser on May 18th that includes a silent auction.  Why not have your workplace, school, church or group put together a gift basket for us? All ideas are welcome. Make it fun! Need more info?  Give us a call at 614-222-2885 or shoot […]

Thank You From A Friend

We received an email from someone who stayed with us many, many years ago.  Michael grew up as a foster child in Southeastern Ohio.  Due to multiple acts of childhood abuse, he dropped out of High School.  He moved to Columbus at the age of 15 and lived in parks and on railroad land.  During […]

Thanks To Those Who Supported Us For The Nationwide Championship Tournament

The Open Shelter thanks the 2018 Nationwide Children’s Championship Tournament for making available an unlimited number of free charity tickets to the Tournament for distribution by The Open Shelter, and donating $10 to us for each of our tickets redeemed at the Tournament. We also thank Paul Gelpi, President of Swan Cleaners, for agreeing to […]

Thanks For A Fabulous Meal!

Thank you to Carol (far right) from Covenant Presbyterian Church, her son John and members of the Cristo Rey Columbus High School Girls Basketball Team for serving a delicious meal to those we serve! We are so grateful for the many volunteers and groups that make our Meal Program go.  Without their help, this would not be possible.

“Veg Out” At HOOT!

This Saturday (1/26) 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 […]

Thank You To Alex, Teresa, Nathan & Boy Scout Troop 298!

Thank you to Teresa, Alex & Nathan for bringing 100 backpacks filled with survival items for those we serve. Alex raised over $3000 as part of his Eagle Scout Project to put this together. Teresa (Alex’s mother), Nathan & members of Boy Scout Troop 298 helped put them together!

Stella & Dot Trunk Show To Benefit The Open Shelter

You are cordially invited to a Stella & Dot Trunk Show On January 17th with 50% of the proceeds benefiting The Open Shelter & those we serve! RSVP Online at https://www.stelladot.com/sites/lindsaybrooke Please call Lindsay Mikols at 419-367-5790 for more information!

IT’S TIME FOR HOOT!!!!

This Saturday (12/29) 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 […]

Thank You To Everyone Who Made “Ho Ho Hope 2018” A Success!

Thank you to Everyone who made this year’s edition of “Ho Ho Hope For The Holidays” a success!  325 homeless and marginally housed men, women and children were treated to a wonderful Holiday Meal & Cheer!  Thank you to Yazaki, St. Andrew Church, Allie’s Originals Photography, Broad Street United Methodist Church, Santa Richard Knapp & […]

A Holiday Message From Kent R. Beittel

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF THE OPEN SHELTER………………………………………Kent R. Beittel This Holiday Season is a time of remembering, indulging and celebrating for many of us.  Many of us remember the patterns of our lives in this season which have become the traditions of the season.  And they sustain us.  Many of us indulge in the bounty […]