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.

A Successful Open House Thanks To YOU

Thank you to EVERYONE who volunteered for, supported and attended our Open House on June 23rd. Old friends and new friends, just over 100 in attendance, showed up to help us celebrate our new home. We are grateful to our special guests, Senator Hearcel F. Craig; Charleta B. Tavares, PrimaryOne Health CEO; Elizabeth Brown, Columbus […]

Open House! June 23rd 4-7pm

The Open Shelter cordially invites YOU, your friends and family to our Open House at our new home! Thursday, June 23rd from 4-7pm.Come see how YOUR support helps us “Stay Behind With Those Left Behind”, the homeless and marginally housed in our community.  Delicious food and drinks will be provided.We also will be joined by our […]

Thank You Seeds Of Caring Families!

We are so thankful and grateful for Seeds Of Caring families that volunteered with us! They took a tour of our agency and helped us with our material assistance room, kitchen and even helped put together care packages for our Father’s Day Event! Seeds Of Caring has been a valued partner of The Open Shelter […]

A Celebration For Mom

Wow! Our Annual Mother’s Day Event was a fun and spectacular success! Over 60 women attended and were treated to a fantastic meal, gift bags, games and a raffle with special prizes. Volunteers like Mrz Red & Jerome made sure everything went well. Solomon decorated and prepared a delicious spread. Sarah oversaw the games & […]

Thank YOU For Making Easter Brighter!

We are so grateful to everyone who made Easter brighter and special for those we serve. So many were treated to a delicious Easter dinner, baskets and treats. Special thanks to Tom & Veronica Garrity and the Our Lady of Peace Open Shelter support team, Our Lady of Peace Boy Scouts Troop #169, Phil Callahan […]

A Very Hoppy Easter!

A very special THANK YOU to Our Lady of Peace Boy Scouts Troop #169 and Becky Miller, Mary Hanley, Janet Cesner and Tom & Veronica Garrity from they OLP Open Shelter support team. Thanks to their efforts, 67 Easter Baskets were made and delivered to make some of our younger visitors very happy!

Thank You Buckeye Heating & Cooling!

Thank you to our friends at Buckeye Heating & Cooling for their March Match! And thanks to YOU for donating over $3300 in response to the match!Gabby Hoyt from Buckeye Heating and Cooling stopped by to take a tour & present a BIG check! #MAXgives

You Helped Us Help So Many!

Thank you to long time supporters Bob & Shirley Carpenter for stopping by to take a tour of our new home!Also thanks to the Assistance League of Metro Columbus for their donation of 215 hygiene kits! Thank you to Yasmin, & everyone at the Polaris Fashion Place Altar’d State for presenting us with a check […]

Our First Month In Our New Building!

In January 2022, our first month in our new building, we served 441 guests, gave out 3180 sack lunches, had 366 instances of clothing assistance, passed out 184 hygiene kits and distributed 8740 ‘to-go’ meals. Thanks to YOUR support!

2021 & Beyond – A Year In Review

We are so grateful for your support of The Open Shelter and our mission of “Staying Behind With Those Left Behind”.  In 2021 because of YOUR support we were able to keep our doors OPEN and resume normal services for those we serve even in the face of a pandemic.  We are approaching nearly 40 […]