We Need The Following To Make The Holidays Special For Those We Serve

Lip Balm, Travel-Sized Sticks of Deodorant, Full-Sized Toiletries (Shampoo, Conditioner, Toothpaste, Lotion, Etc.), Mouthwash (Alcohol Free only), Small Containers of Vaseline, Small Strike Anywhere Wooden Matches, Batteries, Flashlights, Grocery & Department Store Gift Cards, COTA Bus Passes & Hot Chocolate Packets.  We Are Open Monday Through Friday From 9am Until 2:30pm For Donation Drop-Offs. We […]

Have Fun At Halloween HOOT!

This Saturday (10/27) 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 […]

How You Help Courtney, Damion & Damion Jr.

Courtney & her fiancé Damion sat down to share with us a little bit about themselves, their son Damion & how The Open Shelter helps them.   We have to let you know that Damion Sr. was a little camera shy. Courtney:  “We moved to Columbus from Pennsylvania in search of better jobs.  We had nowhere […]

CELEBRATE FRUIT AT “HOOT”!

This Saturday (9/29) 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 Family Film Series at the […]

DON’T THROW YOUR NIKE GEAR AWAY…THROW IT OUR WAY!

If you are thinking about throwing away or burning your NIKE gear…please DON’T!We have many homeless & marginally housed men, women and children that can use your shoes, shirts, pants, shorts, hats and other gear!We are open for donation drop-offs Monday through Friday from 9am-2:30pm.Don’t throw it away….THROW IT OUR WAY! THE OPEN SHELTER, INC. […]

A Night Of Entertainment To Benefit The Open Shelter!

Wonder Doug, co-producer Athena Nile and host Angie Healey invite you to a Benefit Show for The Open Shelter, a local non profit organization that helps homeless and marginally housed men, women and children with food, clothing, hygiene and housing issues. All proceeds from the event will benefit the cause with a mix of Comedy, […]

THIS SATURDAY (8/25)! HOOT IS “OUT OF THIS WORLD”!

This Saturday (8/25) 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 Film Series at the […]

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 (8/23-8/26) 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. […]

Don’t Bug Out! Have Fun At “HOOT” This Saturday (7/28)!

This Saturday (7/28) 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 Film Series at the […]

35 YEARS OF COMMITMENT….THANKS TO YOU!!!

In 1983, The Open Shelter began.  Over 40,000 homeless and marginally housed men, women and children have sought and received help.  This 35 Years Of Commitment helping the most vulnerable has only been possible because of YOU.            We originally opened as the first 24-hour Emergency Walk-In Shelter in Ohio.  Those […]