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 www.briangriffin.net, Acoustic Reflections & One Notch Down www.facebook.com/One-Notch-Down-Music 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 www.crazeemule.com.
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.

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


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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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