#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 […]

Thank You to “Seeds Of Caring”!

Caring kids from all around Columbus participated in one of Seeds of Caring’s ongoing at home service experiences: Sack Lunches for Hungry and Homeless Neighbors. These kids discussed some of the extra hardships our hungry & homeless neighbors are facing in light of current events, then used their hearts, hands and minds to make a […]

Staying Open In Times Of Crisis

Yes! We are still open for those we serve while utilizing the “Best Business” Practices as set by Gov. DeWine & his administration. We are only allowing a few of those we serve in at one time, practicing social distancing and making sure our facility is clean. WCMH did a profile of some of our […]

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Lunches Of Love

Thank you to Terri & 3, 4 & 5 year olds from Meadow Park Church of God for making and donating these “Lunches Of Love” that are decorated for St. Patrick’s Day! We still have open dates if your group would like to help our Sack Lunch Program. We try to have enough to serve […]

TAKE A “LEAP” FOR THE OPEN SHELTER AT HOOT!

This Saturday (2/29) at 10:00 AM, Gateway Film Center provides stimulating activities for families, including games, story readings, Dance Cam where kids and their families can watch themselves bust a move on the big screen and more. At 11:00 AM, enjoy live music by The Shazzbots! and kid-friendly short films. All presentations in the HOOT […]

The Open Shelter Needs YOU To Make An Event VERY Special!

The Open Shelter will be holding it’s annual “Hope For The Homeless” Event on Saturday, April 18th from 3pm until 10pm at the Crazee Mule Pub & Grill (6188 Cleveland Ave. Columbus, Ohio  43231).  The event will have 5 LIVE BANDS– New Kitchen Electrics, Pentello, Green 13, One Notch & Alter-Ego– performing though out the […]

The Open Shelter Is Better Because #FedExCares

Thank you to FedEx Employees for spending a week in January volunteering & helping those we serve at The Open Shelter. They helped with everything….from serving food to sorting donations to helping with set up & clean up!It was truly a blessing!  #FedExCares

It Will Be A “Purrfect” Time At HOOT!

This Saturday (1/25) at 10:00 AM, Gateway Film Center provides stimulating activities for families, including games, story readings, Dance Cam where kids and their families can watch themselves bust a move on the big screen and more. At 11:00 AM, enjoy live music by The Shazzbots! and kid-friendly short films. All presentations in the HOOT […]