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.

NOVEMBER MATCH CHALLENGE!

A loyal donor is willing to donate $1500 to us….but with one condition!  He wants YOU to step up and match his donation!  The winter wind and cold is here and we need YOU to step up and meet the challenge! 

Help our most vulnerable neighbors; homeless and marginally housed men, women and children.

YOU have two weeks to meet the challenge!  We will accept donations for the match challenge up through November 22nd

You can donate HERE- http://theopenshelter.org/donate/.  If you donate online, please type MATCH on the “add a note” line.  If you mail in a credit card donation, please write MATCH on the page you mail in.  If you mail in a check, please write MATCH on the memo line.
Thank You for YOUR Support!

THE OPEN SHELTER, INC.  61 E. Mound St. 
Columbus OH  43215-5121 
614-222-2885   www.TheOpenShelter.org

HALLOWEEN HOOT!

This Saturday (10/26) 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 HALLOWEEN!
Gateway Film Center is located at 1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201.

Make It “Socktober” With Isner Insurance Associates!

Thank you to Isner Insurance Associates for their “Socktober” drive!!!!

Isner Insurance Associates will be collecting donations of sock pairs to deliver to The Open Shelter . They will match the first 300 pairs of socks donated!

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Why donate socks?

Socks are among the least donated clothing items to shelters. This means that socks are a huge need!

When will Isner Insurance collect socks?

Isner Insurance Associates will be collecting socks all October long and will deliver them to The Open Shelter in early November. You can drop off sock pairs at Isner Insurance’s office during their business hours.

Learn more about it and how you can help by clicking the link! https://isnerinsurance.com/socktober/

Howl At The Moon At HOOT!

This Saturday (9/28) 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 The Moon!
Gateway Film Center is located at 1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201.

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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!