Happy Holidays From The Open Shelter! Limited Days To Donate In 2020.

Happy Holidays From The Open Shelter!!!  We hope that during this very unique year of 2020 you are enjoying a safe and peaceful Holiday Season. We are so grateful for your support. LIMITED DAYS IN 2020 TO DONATE!If you are a supporter of our mission of “Staying Behind With Those Left Behind” and donated to […]

Use Our Amazon Winter Wishlist!

We now have a Amazon Winter Wishlist!Desperately needed items such as coats, jeans, underwear and tents are on there in addition to other items we strive to keep in stock every day. Check it out and if you can send some of the items our way, we and those we serve would greatly appreciate it!https://a.co/aOFaz25 […]

End Of An Era; Beginning Of A Legacy

On this #GivingTuesday, we at The Open Shelter turn to thoughts of someone who truly gave of himself; our Director Emeritus, Kent R. Beittel, who passed away on October 16th.  Kent’s energy, passion, love and commitment were never in question as he strived to help “his people”.  The disenfranchised.  The homeless.  The marginally housed.  The […]

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 […]