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.

Making A Difference For Dad

Thank you to everyone who made Father’s Day a little brighter for those we serve. Grace Assembly #51 Girls Assembly, Henry S. Simms Pythagorans OES PHGL, Samantha Babcock & Friends, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Phil Callahan, Agora Fellowship and so many more made this wonderful event possible!

Saving Sebastian

Thank you to Dr. Kim, who volunteers with Save Ohio Pets. One of our friend’s dog had a wound on his face that was getting worse by the day. Dr. Kim connected with Sebastian and his owner. She brought medications and everything with her to help treat the wound. Now Sebastian is doing much better!

Kenneth’s Story

Kenneth has been a part of our SSI Payeeship Program for nearly six years. This program assists homeless and marginally housed persons receive and manage entitlements. Kenneth shared with us what led him to The Open Shelter and to our Payeeship Program. “I had episodes in my life. I had my ups and downs. I […]

Our Lady Of Peace Cookout

This past Thursday (5/13) our agency and our guests were treated to a wonderful barbecue chicken cookout thanks to the Our Lady Of Peace Open Shelter Support Group. We & those we serve are grateful for the effort and love Tom & Veronica Garrity, Deania Towns Becker, Joe & Chrissy Finnochi, Lisa Gallant, Mary Hankey, […]

YOU Made Mother’s Day Memorable!

Thank you to EVERYONE who brightened the lives of the mothers we serve! Golden Delight Bakery, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Phil Callahan & The MoMM Foundation, Samantha and Kirstin Babcock, Terri Lee Harmon Schoenberger, Alli Smith, Sue Poulton, Target At Polaris, Molly Barrington, Debra Diggs and Whitney Davern all donated wonderful items. Thanks to Mz Red, […]

Solomon Dean; A Lifetime Of Dedication

Congratulations to our Deputy Director of Day Services, Solomon Dean, for being the 2021 recipient of the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless Kent & Mary Beittel Lifetime Achievement Award! “Fair, Consistent & Predictable.”  Those are the words our Deputy Director Of Day Services Solomon Dean has lived by working at The Open Shelter for almost […]

We Need YOU To Make Mother’s Day Memorable!

Mother’s Day is less than a month away and we need help honoring the mothers we serve. Our hope is to give out 60 swag bags but we still need the following items donated by Friday, April 30 to make it happen!- “One Size” & “Tall & Curvy”– Leggings– Footies (ankle socks)– Candy– Jewelry– Mini […]

Your Support Made Our First Quarter Productive

Thanks to YOUR support, during the first quarter of 2021, we had 6,257 encounters in which we assisted 919 homeless and marginally housed men, women and children. Here is what YOUR support provided to those we serve from January 4th through March 31st—14,476 sack lunches.179 hygiene kits.20,196 ‘to-go’ meals.1,035 instances of clothing assistance.519 occurrences of […]

An Easter Feast That Can’t Be Beat

We celebrated Easter a little early with those we serve thanks to a wonderful feast made by our Deputy Director of Day Services, Solomon Dean. Thanks also to Sister Pat Pieper & Jamie Hammond for helping serve!

One Year Ago

One year ago, our lives began to change due to the onset of a global pandemic. But thanks to YOUR support and the patience & cooperation of our guests, we did not miss a day of service due to COVID-19. We are grateful to be here for those we serve and look forward to brighter […]