Scenes From The Front Lines Of Homelessness

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Our Director, Kent Beittel, is featured in “Scenes From The Front Lines Of Homelessness”, an article in March’s Columbus Monthly.  

Homelessness often appears monolithic, entrenched and clouded by stereotypes. A closer look reveals an alarming spike in numbers, a system struggling to help—and the human face of unrelenting need.

You can read the article HERE.


After reading the article, please hit the Donate Button & help us help the most vulnerable in our community.  Thank You.

Help The Open Shelter Make A Fundraiser Happen!

We are in need of items for a fundraiser that is being held for us on April 23rd at the Crazee Mule Saloon to benefit those we serve, the homeless and marginally housed. Can you help?
Would you, your business or group have something you would be willing to donate toward a raffle/auction for us?
Concert/Sports/Event Tickets….Gift Cards…Movie Tickets…Certificates for Motel/Resort Stays or even unique items, like Paintings, Autographed Items or Collectibles. 
Please contact Harry Yeprem at 614-562-2169 if you have questions or can help. Thank You.
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THE OPEN SHELTER  61 E. Mound St.  Columbus OH  43215
614-222-2885  www.TheOpenShelter.org

SPRING INTO FUN WITH “HOOT”!

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On the final Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM, Gateway Film Center provides stimulating activities for families, including games, story readings, 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 (3/25) theme is SPRING.
Gateway Film Center is located at 1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201.

Solomon Dean – On Your Side Champion

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Solomon Dean is our Deputy Director of Day Services.  He has been with us for nearly 20 years. Solomon is definitely the “back bone”of our agency.  Those we serve, the homeless & marginally housed, have grown to know him, respect him and value him as he helps them on a daily basis.


Karen Brown of ABC 6/FOX 28 recently profiled Solomon as part of their “On Your Side Champions” Series.


See Karen’s profile HERE.

Help us & Solomon help the homeless & marginally housed in our community.
Make out your donation today to:

The Open Shelter
61 E. Mound St.
Columbus, Ohio  43215-5121

Thank You To Meadow Park Church Of God


Thank You to Pastor Diane Thatcher,  Meadow Park Church of God & it’s parishioners for supporting The Open Shelter and allowing us to be part of Faith Promise Sunday.  Meadow Park has been a long-time supporter of our mission and those we serve.

Faith Promise monies are given to local, national and international ministries and missionaries with whom Meadow Park has built positive partnerships.  A promise made in faith is not a pledge, but rather, it’s a promise – a step in faith to trust God for an amount of money and, then, wait patiently and confidently on Him to provide the funds.

One of the many ways Meadow Park helps is through it’s “Lunches Of Love” that is led by Terri Schoenberger.  Terri, family & friends put together 200 delicious sack lunches for those we serve once a month.  We and those we serve are grateful for this support.
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