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 […]

#GivingTuesdayNow

Dear Friend(s) ,In this time of uncertainty, there’s a fundamental truth that gives us hope – that together we can do extraordinary things. Over the past few weeks and months, the entire world has been coming together to stand up, help out, give back, and heal. Whether that’s through donations to community organizations, celebrating doctors […]

Thoughts & Observations From The Frontline, Part II

As I mentioned in a previous post, the guests at The Open Shelter have reacted well to our new procedures as a result of COVID-19.  Our supporters, old and new, have also reacted well.  We have received support, financially and materially, from so many individuals and groups that frankly, it has been overwhelming.  We are […]

Thoughts And Observations From The Frontline

The mission of The Open Shelter has always been to “Stay Behind With Those Left Behind”.  This statement has truly been tested as of late.  As the government made necessary decisions to keep Ohioans safe, resources for those we serve rapidly closed up.  We adjusted our schedule and routine based on the Governor’s orders, with […]