Needs List

Our Clothing Area is stocked with clothing for men, women and children.  We are always in need of shirts, blouses, shorts (in season, preferably), dress pants and jeans, coats, hats, scarves, gloves, belts, socks and underwear.  We are more than happy to accept used clothing (with the exception of underwear); we just ask that it is in good shape, clean and free of tears and holes.  We are also in need of blankets, pillows, sheets and washcloths.

Soap, shampoo, shaving cream, deodorant, lotion, mouthwash and toothpaste are always needed.  Feminine hygiene items are also needed as they are in high demand.  We also need disposable razors, brushes, combs, lip balm, denture cleaner, nail clippers and files, talcum & foot powder in addition to facial and toilet tissue.

Antacid, bandages, buffered aspirin, cotton swabs, cough medicine and lozenges, latex/medical gloves, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and rubbing alcohol.

Food Assistance helps those who are homeless and marginally housed.  By providing ‘to-go’ meals, cash resources can be used for rent, security deposits, medical needs and other resources.  Non-perishable, canned foods (especially with pop-tops) are always needed.  We also need coffee, creamer, tea, soda, juices, cereal, snack foods (nutrition bars, cheese crackers, etc.), condiments, gravy, peanut butter, jelly, sugar, salt, pepper, pancake mix, loaves of bread, pasta, sauces and soups.  We can also accept some quantities of perishable goods.  Luncheon meats, hot dogs and cheese are items we could use as well.

Cleaning needs include bleach, laundry & dish detergent, soap, window cleaner, trash bags, food storage bags and containers, brooms, mops, dust pans, dish rags and towels.  Meal and Paper needs include styrofoam cups, plates & bowls, plastic utensils, napkins, paper towels and toilet tissue. Office needs include copy paper, envelopes, postage stamps, file folders, sheet covers, computer items such as memory cards, flash drives, highlighters, pens, pencils, paper clips, rubber bands and tape.


Sack Lunches and hot meals are prepared off-site and are delivered to our agency by dedicated volunteer groups.  Each weekday, sack lunches are provided for 150-200 homeless and marginally housed persons.  Hot meals are provided weekday mornings at our agency site & most Monday, Tuesday & Thursday evenings at Broad Street United Methodist Church.  If you are interested in being a part of our Meals Program, please contact our Development Coordinator at 614-222-2885.

Donations of items are very much appreciated.  We only ask that items be in good repair, as any items that need repair or discarding would add to our agency costs.  Receipts and/or acknowledgement letters are given for all donations, if requested, and are tax deductible in accordance with IRS rules.

Volunteers are always welcome at The Open Shelter.  If interested in helping, please call to set up a time that will benefit you and us.

Download our “What We Need” brochure