OPEN SHELTER FUNDRAISER AT CRAZEE MULE!

                                     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 […]

SPRING INTO FUN WITH “HOOT”!

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 […]

Support The Open Shelter With 99.7 The Blitz!

Join 99.7 The Blitz at the Scarlet & Grey cafe for Local Stuff Showcase 10 on March 25th! Proceeds will benefit those we serve!  Celebrate the best in local music with 99.7 The Blitz!  Saturday, March 25th at Scarlet & Grey cafe to hear some of the hottest up and coming bands in Central Ohio! […]

Keep Help & Hope Alive For The Homeless & Marginally Housed

The Open Shelter is entering it’s 34th year of serving the homeless and marginally housed in our community. This has only been possible because of YOU! But we need your help again, to make sure we continue this mission of serving the most vulnerable. Make a donation to keep help & hope alive. Give us […]