What A Fantastic Fundraiser!

Thank You To Tony Brown, Steve Ashcraft, the staff of The Crazee Mule Pub & Grill, Roland Siegeth & the band One Notch Down for making it happen! Nearly $1400 was raised! Thanks to everyone who attended & joined in the fun! Thanks also to Acoustic Reflections & the Coffee House Rebels for performing! Special thanks to the Columbus Clippers, iHeartMedia Columbus, Fitzy’s […]

Thank You To Our Lady Of Peace For Making Easter Brighter!!

We would like to thank Veronica Garrity and her fellow parishioners at Our Lady Of Peace for making Easter brighter for so many!  So many happy faces were given Easter Baskets & a food box for the Holiday! 


                                     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, […]

Thank You Columbus Coalition For The Homeless!

We would like to thank The Columbus Coalition For The Homeless for honoring Kent & Mary Beittel with a Lifetime Achievement Award for their unending commitment to homeless persons despite monumental political and economic obstacles. Learn more about the Coalition at www.columbushomeless.org

Kent & Mary Beittel Prepare For Life After The Open Shelter

  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 […]

Scenes From The Front Lines Of Homelessness

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

Solomon Dean – On Your Side Champion

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 […]

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 […]