It Will Be A Blooming Good Time At 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 (4/29) theme is FLOWERS.
Gateway Film Center is located at 1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201.

What A Fantastic Fundraiser!


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The Open Shelter, an Advocacy & Day Services Center for the homeless & marginally housed, is proud to announce that a fundraiser on our behalf will be held at The Crazee Mule Pub & Grill on Sunday, April 23rd from 1pm until 8pm.
Three bands will generously donate their time & perform at the event.  The bands are Coffee House Rebels, Acoustic Reflections & One Notch Down who will be premiering their new song, “Homelessland”. 

There also will be a silent auction with items including water coolers from Crystal Mountain, Automotive Plaques from Hilliard Wall Systems plus items from the Columbus Clippers and gift certificates from retailers like Fitzy’s Old Fashioned Diner, Smokehouse Brewery, Hard Knocks Indoor War, Room Escape Adventures, The Bullet Ranch and Salon Schools Group.


There will be drinks and delicious food including the amazing Sticky Mule Burger available as well.  The Crazee Mule Pub & Grill is located at 6188 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, Ohio  43231.  Get more info about them and see their amazing menu at
The Open Shelter is in its 34th year of helping the homeless and marginally housed in Central Ohio.  Thanks to generous donors and volunteers we are able to help with food, clothing, hygiene items, payeeships, housing options and supportive services. 

Kent & Mary Beittel Prepare For Life After The Open Shelter

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling  Kent & Mary Beittel have been tireless advocates for the homeless and marginally housed in Central Ohio for many, many years.  Plenty of times in The Open Shelter’s 34 year history it has stared down an uncertain future.  Unfortunately, we face that again as Kent & Mary are struggling with medical concerns as she battles cancer and the agency itself is dealing with fundraising declines that put it’s future in doubt.

We would like to thank Rita Price & Photographer Eric Albrecht of The Columbus Dispatch for their moving article detailing the issues Kent & Mary and our agency face.  You can read the article HERE.

After reading the article, please make a donation to continue Kent & Mary’s legacy of helping those most vulnerable in our community.  Thank You.