2021 & Beyond – A Year In Review

We are so grateful for your support of The Open Shelter and our mission of “Staying Behind With Those Left Behind”.  In 2021 because of YOUR support we were able to keep our doors OPEN and resume normal services for those we serve even in the face of a pandemic.  We are approaching nearly 40 […]

Our New Building Is OPEN!

The Open Shelter is now located at 1037 Parsons Ave., Columbus OH 43206! There were a few struggles and blips along the way, be we are now in our new home. There is still some organizing to be done and people are still getting acclimated to our new address, but WE ARE OPEN. A new […]

Announcing The Open Shelter’s Next BIG Move!

As of January 4, 2022, The Open Shelter will be in a NEW location!  Our new address will be 1037 Parsons Ave., Columbus OH  43206.  We are excited about all of the wonderful possibilities and opportunities this new space offers for us and those we serve.  This new space will double our current space and […]

Albion College Honors Kent Beittel

ALBION COLLEGE NAMES KENT BEITTEL AS ONE OF ITS SIX 2021 ALUMNI RECIPIENTS, ANNOUNCING AS FOLLOWS:Kent Beittel, ’69 “In 1983, Beittel founded The Open Shelter — a nonprofit advocacy center and day-services shelter for homeless and marginally housed people in Columbus, Ohio. Beittel served as the first director of Open Shelter for over 30 years. […]

Make The Holidays Brighter For Those We Serve

This is what we need to make the Holidays brighter for those we serve—150 black backpacks100 purple backpacks50 kids backpacksTurkeysWomen’s socks & footiesWomen’s underwear (all sizes)Children’s socksBoy’s & girl’s underwearMen’s underwear (all sizes)We also need gift cards in small denominations for places like Kroger, CVS, Wendy’s & McDonalds. If you can help we would greatly […]

Shop At Altar’d State For Christmas #MissionMonday!

The Open Shelter is proud to partner with Altar’d State at Polaris Fashion Place for Christmas Mission Monday! During this Christmas Season, Altar’d State is committed to giving back. Every Monday starting October 18th through January 24th, 10% of their net proceeds & online will be donated to The Open Shelter and our mission of […]

Blessed By Your Support In 2021

JEverything we do is because of YOU. As of September 30th of this year, we have assisted 1,760 homeless & marginally housed men, women and children. 40,478 sack lunches have been given out.70,259 food boxes & “to-go” meals have been distributed.1,161 items of camping equipment have been given out.2,417 instances of clothing assistance has been […]

A Clothing Drive To Thrive

Thank you to the Henry S. Sims Order of Pythagorans & Grace Assembly #51 Grand Girls Assembly for collecting and donating clothes for those we serve! All of the clothes donated will help make sure the men we serve can have nice, clean and comfortable clothing to wear. It truly is a blessing.

Thank You Bob!!!!

We would like to thank Bob Ater (3rd from left) for all of his amazing service as a Board Member & President.Bob is heading to Germany to live with his son. Good Luck Bob! Your leadership, compassion & commitment will be missed.

Free Tickets For FUN!

Download your free tickets below to the Nationwide Children’s Championship which will be held August 26-29th!  It will be at The OSU Golf Club – Scarlet Course.  Being part of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, there will be exciting golf on tap.  But there will be more…much more!  Birdie Time is Miller Time at Pub […]