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 Clothing Drive To Thrive

Thank you to the Henry S. Sims Order of Pythagorans & Grace Assembly #51 Grand Girls Assembly for collecting and donating clothes for those we serve! All of the clothes donated will help make sure the men we serve can have nice, clean and comfortable clothing to wear. It truly is a blessing.

Thank You Bob!!!!

We would like to thank Bob Ater (3rd from left) for all of his amazing service as a Board Member & President.Bob is heading to Germany to live with his son. Good Luck Bob! Your leadership, compassion & commitment will be missed.

Free Tickets For FUN!

Download your free tickets below to the Nationwide Children’s Championship which will be held August 26-29th!  It will be at The OSU Golf Club – Scarlet Course.  Being part of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, there will be exciting golf on tap.  But there will be more…much more!  Birdie Time is Miller Time at Pub […]

2021 “By The Numbers”…So Far

Everything we do is because of YOU. As of June 30th of this year, we have assisted 1351 homeless & marginally housed men, women and children. 26,843 sack lunches have been given out.49,115 food boxes & “to-go” meals have been distributed.777 items of camping equipment have been given out.1,737 instances of clothing assistance has been […]

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 […]