Rest In Peace Mary Beittel

    After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Mary Beittel went Home to be with the Lord the morning of Saturday, August 19th. She was loved by many & will be missed.            Mary Beittel, born June 8, 1952, went with God, the Great Physician, on August 19, 2017 […]

To Love Those Left Behind

We would like to thank Mary Howard & Chuck Della Lana from Ohio Wesleyan for putting together such a wonderful video about our agency.  “To Love Those Left Behind” really shows you how The Open Shelter impacts the most vulnerable in our community; those who have been left behind, those who have nowhere else to […]


On the final Saturday of each month 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 […]

Can You Bare It?

WE ARE EXCITED TO PARTNER WITH The Columbus Undies Run! The Columbus Undies Run is a 5K race/run and clothing drive to benefit the Columbus Community. It an unconventional yet fun way to personify the saying “give the clothes off your back”! For more information please visit the registration website and follow their Social Media Instagram: @thecolumbusundiesrun, […]

Chow Down At Chipotle In Reynoldsburg For The Open Shelter!

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support The Open Shelter.  Come in to the Chipotle at 7611 Farmsbury Drive in Reynoldsburg on Sunday, July 23rd between 4pm and 8pm.  Bring in the flyer attached below, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting our cause to […]

Korean Church of Columbus Takes The Plunge!

We would like to give a very warm and heartfelt THANK YOU to youth groups from The Korean Church of Columbus who gave a week of their time, talents & compassion to help those we serve at The Open Shelter and at other facilities, like our neighbor St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church.  For many years, […]

Bike For Mental Health Hits The Open Shelter

What a pleasant surprise when Linda from Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church stopped by with sack lunches!  She brought along Jurgen & Esther who are riding across America for the “Bike For Mental Health”.   They started on May 30th from Oceanside, California and their goal is to make it to Boston by September.  While passing […]

Thank You To Livi’s Mitzvah Project!

Thank you to Olivia Holz who through her efforts, donated 50 canvas bags — each containing soap, tissues, a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, a wash cloth, and two water bottles — to The Open Shelter on 6/7/17. She also gave boxes and boxes of extra donations (items they didn’t have enough of to include in […]

Thank You To Devonshire Alternative Elementary!

We would like to extend a most gracious thank you to Devonshire Alternative Elementary School student leaders, students, faculty (especially Melissa Shumaker) for supporting The Open Shelter and those we serve through their Penny Harvest efforts.  They collected $400.00 for our mission!  Plus, Devonshire has been also very helpful in donating needed items and even sack […]

Thank You To Ridgeview STEM Junior High!

We would like to thank Michelle Garinger and students from Ridgeview STEM Junior High for making sack lunches for those we serve and for taking part in a discussion about The Open Shelter.  We also would like to thank Peace United Methodist Church for hosting this.