Memorial Arrangements For Kent R. Beittel

Kent R. Beittel December 02, 1947 ‒ October 16, 2020 Columbus, Ohio Formerly of Delaware, Ohio Send FlowersIn Kent ‘s Memory Service Details: Visitation: Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center101 Valleyside Dr. at West William Street , Delaware Ohio , 43015 Saturday, Nov 07, 2020 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm Funeral: Broad Street United Methodist Church Sunday, Nov 08, […]

Rest In Peace Kent R. Beittel

We are heartbroken to report that our Director Emeritus, Kent R. Beittel, passed away Friday evening (10/16) at the age of 72. His efforts, passion and accomplishments in helping the homeless & marginally housed were unmatched and his legacy will live on at The Open Shelter. Kent’s family and friends are in our hearts, thoughts […]

Carrying On But Never Forgetting

Thank you to Rita Price of The Columbus Dispatch for sharing some time with our Founder & Director Emeritus Kent R. Beittel.  Kent is going through some rough times right now but he will always be the spirit that carries our mission of “staying behind with those left behind”. YOUR support keeps it going for those we serve. […]

Kent Beittel Receives 2020 Upper Arlington Distinguished Alumnus Award

Kent Beittel has received the 2020 Upper Arlington Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award for his years of service as The Open Shelter’s Director. In announcing the award, the UAAA stated that: “For nearly 36 years the shelter has provided shelter, meals, medical services, clothing and other services to hundreds of thousands of persons in need. […]

2020 “By The Numbers”…..So Far.

As of July 31st of this year, we have assisted 1864 homeless & marginally housed men, women and children. 34,965 sack lunches have been given out. 11,591 food boxes & “to-go” meals have been distributed.614 have been assisted with camping equipment.3,763 instances of clothing assistance has been provided.58 individuals are in our Payeeship Program, which […]

Thank You Patrick, Aggie, Maggie, Don & Seeds Of Caring!

We and those we serve are so proud and thankful for the wonderful efforts of the Barrington Family— Patrick, his sister Aggie and parents Maggie & Don and the Seeds Of Caring families in providing sack lunches for the most vulnerable in our community during the pandemic. Through their efforts over 10,000 sack lunches filled […]

Thank YOU For Giving BIG For The Open Shelter!

Dear Friend(s): We asked and you delivered!  We asked you to give BIG for The Open Shelter & those we serve during The BIG Give….and YOU DID!  Nearly $20,000 was raised during The BIG Give thanks to YOUR support and the bonus pool provided by The Columbus Foundation & it’s partners. We and those we […]

Give BIG For The Open Shelter Until 6pm On Thursday 6/11!

Dear Friend(s): As you definitely know, we are going through some unprecedented times currently.  Things have never been more uncertain or unclear than they are now. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in so many ways.  Imagine on top of that being uncertain or unclear where your next meal, next pair of socks or […]

Good News From The Open Shelter!

#GivingTuesdayNOW Was A Success!!We asked…and you answered the call!Because of YOU, nearly $3500 was raised on #GivingTuesdayNOW for The Open Shelter and those we serve.We are grateful & blessed because of your support. Thank YOU For Making Mother’s Day A Reality! It wasn’t as fancy as in past years…but thanks to your donations, we were still able […]

The Open Shelter Needs Your Help For #GivingTuesdayNOW

The Open Shelter is honored to be a part of #GivingTuesdayNOW, a global day of giving and unity.  As you know, we are living in uncertain times.  The pandemic which currently grips our nation and world has changed our day-to-day routine.  Things such as meeting with friends and family have been put on pause for […]