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 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.

RIP D. Gary Klempnauer

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We would like to express our sincere condolences to the friends and family of D. Gary Klempnauer.
Gary was a devoted supporter of The Open Shelter and even served on our Board. He will be missed.


Reverend D. Gary Klempnauer died on May 3, 2019 at the age of 84. He was a man who always greeted life and cheered it on. Irrepressible champion of his daughters, he believed they could do anything. He laughed at his grandchildren’s every joke, celebrated their accomplishments and listened intently to what they had to say. He loved to connect his friends with each other. He loved to plant seeds. After his first marriage ended, he met Nan Lorraine McCombs Yeoman one bright Sunday at church, and enjoyed a blessed marriage of 27 years. He served in the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church for 26 years where he brought his love of theater and the arts with him. He subsequently worked as a drug and alcohol counselor for the Columbus Health Department. After retiring, he was a volunteer and Board Member for the Open Shelter. He met everyone with enthusiasm, friends and strangers alike. He wanted to learn people’s stories – whether they were his neighbor, the man who sells strawberries at the farmer’s market, a hospice nurse, or a close friend. He lived by the maxim, “If some is good, more is better!” He was a man who said hello (and much more) to all he met; who loved Anderson’s Store (“It has everything!”) and Sassafras bakery; and who gushed about Tupelo doughnuts to his oncologist, because they’re just that good. His advice for good living included: Whatever you do, do it with style. Keep things in perspective. Find a good butcher. He loved playing gin rummy and Oh Sh*t. He loved to travel with Nan and spend time with good friends. He loved the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus and dancing and going out to eat. He loved turtle sundaes from Birdsall’s Ice Cream in Mason City. He loved his sweet dogs Lacey and Crocker. He loved summer thunderstorms and the sound of trains at night. He loved rearranging the plants in his garden. He loved his family and his friends. He loved to sing and he loved to laugh. He was born in 1935 in Mason City, Iowa to Daniel Gustav Klempnauer and Mary Matilda (Gregg) Klempnauer, both deceased. His sister was Donnis Joy Lawrence and his brother-in-law was Robert Lawrence, both deceased. Family includes his wife, Nan Yeoman Klempnauer; daughter, Amie Klempnauer Miller, her spouse, Jane Miller and their daughter, Hana; daughter, Stace Klempnauer, her husband, Kevin Keane and their sons, Henry and Walter; step-son, Christopher Yeoman; and step-daughter, Brittany Yeoman Haske and her daughter, Brianna. He was a much-loved son, brother and husband, a great father, a wonderful grandfather, and a cherished friend. He was a good man who lived a good life. And this is how it ends: surrounded by love, remembered in laughter. A memorial service will be held in the Potter Chapel at the Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 High St., Worthington, OH on June 15. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m with the service at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Worthington United Methodist Church at 600 High St., P.O. Box 307, Worthington, OH 43085 and the Open Shelter at 61 E Mound St, Columbus, OH 43215.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch from May 9 to June 10, 2019



You Will Have Fun At “HOOT”! BOOK IT!

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This Saturday (4/27) 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 BOOKS!
Gateway Film Center is located at 1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201.

Thank You To Tickles And Pokes!

Thank you so very much to Julia & Za (Za is pictured below with our Resource Development Coordinator Harry Yeprem Jr.) from Tickles and Pokes who brought so many feminine hygiene products from their Red Tent Revival this past weekend. 
Also thanks to Miss Ella who donated some change she collected to help those we serve.
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2019 HOPE FOR THE HOMELESS FUNDRAISER

HOPE FOR THE HOMELESS FUNDRAISER
Food! Icy Cold Beverages!  Live Music!  50/50 Raffle!  Fun!

To Benefit The Open Shelter & Our Mission of Helping The Homeless & Marginally Housed

Plus, A Silent Auction Featuring Items from Real Adventure Hot Air Balloon Company, Columbus Crew, Rodizio Grill,  Lion’s Den, Cincinnati Reds, Beer Barrel Pizza, Aveda, Acre Farm-To-Table, The Wine Bistro, Home2Suites By Hilton, Rooster’s, Shadowbox Live, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, Ballet Met, picaboo, National Veterans Memorial & Museum, Great Harvest Bread Company, Cleveland Browns, Skube Snacks & Deli, Salon Schools Group, Carfagna’s Kitchen, Talita’s, The Bullet Ranch, Buns & Brews, iHeart Columbus, Tee Jaye’s, City Barbeque, Mozart’s, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dueling Axes, COSI, Columbus Museum of Art, Mikey’s Late Night Slice, The Refectory Restaurant, Villa Nova Ristorante, Funny Bone, Columbus Clippers & MORE!
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SATURDAY MAY 18th 6PM

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6188 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43231