It Will Be A “Purrfect” Time At HOOT!

This Saturday (1/25) 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 CATS!
Gateway Film Center is located at 1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201.


Rest In Peace Bill Casto

On Friday, January 3rd we got the terrible news that Bill Casto had died from severe brain trauma resulting from a fall the night before.  The news was devastating to all of us at The Open Shelter as it was to a multitude of people in Columbus, for Bill Casto was one of the most significant warriors in the last 40 years in fighting and serving on behalf of marginal people in our community. 

Bill had long been associated with The Open Shelter and for many years as a member of our Board, most recently as our Board Chairman.  He was, as Bishop Joseph Sprague said in his sermon at Bill’s celebration of live, a model of fundamental goodness.  He touched the lives of all he met with his kindness and goodness.

Even in death, Bill continues to support The Open Shelter in it’s work with homeless and marginally housed persons in our community by suggesting in lieu of flowers, people can give to The Kent and Mary Beittel Endowment Fund For The Open Shelter via The Columbus Foundation, 1234 E. Broad St., Columbus OH  43205.

Bill will be sorely missed by all of us but his contribution to those in need and those of us who support efforts to make a difference among them will last forever.

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