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.

Thank You Kroger!

We are honored that The Open Shelter is part of Kroger‘s Zero Hunger Zero Waste initiative. Twice a week we pick up donations from the Brewery District Kroger. 
It is a blessing for those we serve.

Thank you Kroger!

Listen Up! HOOT Is This Saturday (7/27)!

This Saturday (7/27) 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 Family Film Series at the Gateway Film Center are “G” rated and admission to the series is free with a suggested donation of a canned good to benefit The Open Shelter.
This month’s theme is Radio!
Gateway Film Center is located at 1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201.

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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 (8/15-8/18) 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.

To help The Open Shelter, print & hand this ticket-
http://theopenshelter.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Open-Shelter-1-2.pdf in at the gate.  ONLY PRINTED TICKETS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  The gates will be staffed daily until 3 pm.  Tickets can be printed in black & white.  You can use an Open Shelter Charity Ticket for each day of the tournament & also give them out to your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, classmates & fellow parishioners!  So get and/or print as many as you can & SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!!!

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is held annually at The Ohio State University Golf Club, Scarlet Course.  The Tournament has lots of fun activities for attendees including $1 beers for birdies, ping pong and food trucks at Pub Thirteen (located on Hole 13), free ice cream on Saturday (8/17) & a FREE Pancake Breakfast on Sunday (8/18) Morning!  Get more info at www.ncc-golf.com. We would like to thank the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship & the HNS Sports Group for allowing us to be a part of this exciting event!


         

Join HOOT For A Birthday Celebration!

This Saturday (6/29) 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 Gateway Film Center are “G” rated and admission to the series is free with a suggested donation of a canned good to benefit The Open Shelter.
This month’s theme is HOOT 100: Happy Birthday!
Gateway Film Center is located at 1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201.

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Thank You Korean Church of Columbus!

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Thank you to students from Korean Church of Columbus for helping us & partner agencies during their Urban Plunge! The students helped us and other agencies such as Faith Mission, Our Lady of Peace, Huckleberry House and more. It was a blessing as many tasks we may have not been able to complete were performed by these wonderful, hard working youth!

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Spread The News! Dr. Seuss Day At HOOT!

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This Saturday (5/25) 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 Gateway Film Center are “G” rated and admission to the series is free with a suggested donation of a canned good to benefit The Open Shelter.
This month’s theme is Dr. Seuss!
Gateway Film Center is located at 1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201.

Thanks For Making “Hope For The Homeless” A Success!

Over $2500 was raised at “Hope For The Homeless” on May 18th! This will greatly help our mission of “staying behind with those left behind”, the homeless and marginally housed. We are grateful to Anthony Brown & his wonderful staff at The Crazee Mule Pub & Grill for hosting the event. HUGE Thank You to Roland Siegeth & the bands Green 13, Final Edge and One Notch Down for providing the rocking entertainment!

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Anthony Brown with Open Shelter Resource Development Director Harry Yeprem & Roland Siegeth.
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We also would like to thank everyone that attended and congratulate the winners of our silent auction items!

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Thank you to all who donated items– Zoombezi Bay, picaboo, City Barbeque, Columbus Zoo, Villa Nova Restaurant, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Reds, Minuteman Tickets, COSI, Talita’s Southwest Cafe, iHeartMedia Columbus, Columbus Museum of Art, The Refectory, Lennonheads, Aveda, Cleveland Cavaliers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Funny Bone, ShadowboxLIVE, Columbus Crew SC, ACRE Farm To Table, Rodizio Grill Arena District, Dublin Irish Festival, Mikey’s Late Night Slice, The Bullet Ranch, Dueling Axes, Skube Snacks & Deli, Allie’s Original Photography, Salon Schools Group, Carfagna’s Kitchen, Great Harvest Bread Company, Dempsey’s , Mozart’s, National Veteran’s Memorial & Museum, Ballet Met, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, Home2Suites by Hilton, The Wine Bistro, Rooster’s, The Lion’s Den, Tee Jaye’s, Magic Mountain Family Fun Center, Real Hot Air Balloon Adventures, Thunderdome Restaurant Group, Beer Barrel Pizza, Buns & Brew, Hilliard Wall Systems, Woodhouse Day Spa, TransConnect, Mr. & Mrs. Michailidis and Gary Erler.