Thank You For Making The Match!

YOU DID IT AGAIN!!!!! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!! You met the match! In fact, over $20,000 was raised in November! So you met the $5000 Anonymous Donor Match & then some! We are so grateful for your support of our mission to help the homeless & marginally housed.

Celebrate The Holidays With HOOT!

This Saturday (12/2) 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 […]

YOU Could Win “The Concert For US” Tickets Just By Helping The Open Shelter!

“Harmony Project Presents: The Concert For US” will be held at Nationwide Arena on Dec. 7 at 7:30pm. Special guest host Jane Pauley of CBS Sunday Morning will emcee. The music will be familiar, inspiring, thought-provoking, and entertaining–from recent hits to classic chart-toppers. Featuring a 30-piece band and orchestra, and 1,000 voices, the stars of the show are […]

Join Maahikeee & Friends And The Open Shelter For A Benefit Concert

Join us the evening of Saturday, November 11th at Long Street Studio (300 E. Long St. Columbus OH  43215) for PrettyANDPetty Productions Presents: Maahikeee & Friends Showcase “Don’t Breathe”,a benefit concert featuring the original music of Maahikeee. “Don’t Breathe” is Maahikeee’s debut project as a song writer. “Don’t Breathe” evolved from a song idea to […]

Make A Memorable Match In November For The Homeless & Marginally Housed

Make A Memorable Match In November! Our Anonymous Donor Is Pledging Another $5000 If YOU Can Match It In November! There Are Two Ways To Help The Homeless & Marginally Housed:Donate Here– http://www.TheOpenShelter.org/Donate*Please Type “Match” In The Special Instructions* or mail your donation to:The Open ShelterATTN: Match61 E. Mound St.Columbus OH 43215-5121KEEP THE OPEN SHELTER OPEN!!!THE OPEN SHELTER  61 E. […]

Thank YOU For Giving BIG For The Open Shelter!

We Would Like To Thank YOU!Because Of YOUR Donations & Bonus Pool Funds To The BIG Give, Over $31,000 Was Raised For The Open Shelter & Those We Serve, The Homeless & Marginally Housed!Thank You To The Columbus Foundation For Allowing Us To Be A Part Of It!!! It Is Truly A Blessing!!!  We Are […]

Trick-Or-Treat At Halloween HOOT!

On the final Saturday of each month 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 […]

Change And Sameness

In any not-for-profit agency, the executive leadership has two primary obligations.  The first is to ensure that the work being done reflects the agency’s mission effectively.  The second obligation is to ensure that the essential aspects of the mission continue to be possible.   Most of the time this second obligation takes the form of […]

Kenneth Shares His Story Of “Help & Hope” From The Open Shelter

Kenneth has been a guest of ours for many years.  He is one of nearly 50 guests we assist through our Payeeship Program.  Kenneth sat down with us to talk about how The Open Shelter has helped him. “I grew up in a foster home.  I was one of seven children.  There was a little […]

Meet Sheli Mathias; Executive Assistant To The Director

I have been on the journey of a lifetime.  Never did I think I would be spending my days working with the homeless and marginally housed population of Columbus. My journey into adulthood started when I graduated from Capital University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in Education.  I started a teaching career in Reynoldsburg […]