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.

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 […]

Memorial Arrangements For Kent R. Beittel

Kent R. Beittel December 02, 1947 ‒ October 16, 2020 Columbus, Ohio Formerly of Delaware, Ohio Send FlowersIn Kent ‘s Memory Service Details: Visitation: Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center101 Valleyside Dr. at West William Street , Delaware Ohio , 43015 Saturday, Nov 07, 2020 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm Funeral: Broad Street United Methodist Church Sunday, Nov 08, […]

Rest In Peace Kent R. Beittel

We are heartbroken to report that our Director Emeritus, Kent R. Beittel, passed away Friday evening (10/16) at the age of 72. His efforts, passion and accomplishments in helping the homeless & marginally housed were unmatched and his legacy will live on at The Open Shelter. Kent’s family and friends are in our hearts, thoughts […]

Carrying On But Never Forgetting

Thank you to Rita Price of The Columbus Dispatch for sharing some time with our Founder & Director Emeritus Kent R. Beittel.  Kent is going through some rough times right now but he will always be the spirit that carries our mission of “staying behind with those left behind”. YOUR support keeps it going for those we serve. […]