Go “Hollywood” For The Open Shelter!!!

Did you know you can help The Open Shelter and those we serve by enjoying a day or night out at the Hollywood Casino?  Well, you can!!!

Patrons are able to donate cash, chips and TITO (Ticket In, Ticket Out) tickets to donation boxes located at both entrances.  The Open Shelter will be benefit from all donations made NOW – February 28th.  It’s a great and fun way to help those we serve!
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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOLLYWOOD CASINO COLUMBUS

When you play at Hollywood Casino in Columbus, Ohio, you’ll win.  The area’s only Vegas-style casino offers unparalleled amenities, from fabulous dining to magnificent nightlife.

Roll into the hottest gaming action featuring over 2,200 blockbuster slots, over 70 big-time table games, and 36 tables of live poker.  Discover non-stop entertainment and sporting action on their endless big screens in H Lounge, featuring the latest sounds, coolest cocktails and the hottest bands.

Take a break from winning and experience a variety of delectable entrees of fine dining at Final Cut Steak & Seafood to never-ending delicious options at Epic Buffet. No matter when you’re hungry, the Take 2 Grill serves the freshest sandwiches, burgers, and pastries 24 hours, 7 days a week.

At Hollywood Casino Columbus, they mean business. Whether its 40 guests or 400, let their state-of-the-art, 10,000-square-foot meeting and event space and their experienced staff help you plan an unforgettable event.

Whether you are looking to dine like star or play famously, their energetic team members are ready to provide you with service that’s strictly A-list.

When you play, dine, or roll, you win at Hollywood Casino.

Hollywood Casino Columbus is located at 200 Georgesville Rd. Columbus, Ohio  43228.

You Will Have A Howling Good Time At HOOT!

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This Saturday (1/27) 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 Family Film Series at the Gateway Film Center are “G” rated and admission to the series is free with a suggested donation of a canned good to benefit The Open Shelter.

This month’s theme is PUPPIES!

Gateway Film Center is located at 1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201.

Thank You For Making “Ho Ho Hope” For The Holidays A Success!

Dear Friends:

The Holidays have passed and we are once again settling back into our day-to-day routine.  But we would like to send out a very special THANK YOU to everyone who made “Ho Ho Hope For The Holidays” a success for those we serve.  375 homeless and marginally housed men, women and children celebrated with gift bags, toys, candy and a very bountiful Holiday Meal.

Thank You to St. Andrews Church, Broad Street United Methodist Church, Our Lady of Peace, St. John’s United Church of Christ, Grove City Church of the Nazarene, Donatos Pizza, Jacqueline’s Cupcakes, Bare Escentuals, Allie’s Original Photography, Santa Richard Knapp & Mrs. Claus, Boy Scout Troop #298, Schneider Downs, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, Ohio House of Representatives, Kacey’s Gift, See Kids Dream, State Auto, Stone Village Church, Dirty Frank’s and the many, many volunteers who made the Holidays brighter for those we serve.
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Struggling To Battle The Brutal Cold

Thank You to Haley Nelson of WSYX ABC 6 & WTTE FOX 28 for showing how YOU & YOUR donations help those we serve during these brutally cold days.  We definitely can use YOUR donations of warm clothing, coats, hand/toe warmers, boots, tents, tarps, first aid kits and more to help the most vulnerable in our community battle these frigid conditions.

Watch Haley’s report here-

http://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/shelters-welcoming-in-homeless-during-the-day-passing-out-socks-blankets

You Still Have Time To Make Your 2017 Donation To The Open Shelter!

Dear Friends & Supporters:

2017 was definitely a trying year for The Open Shelter & those we serve, the homeless & marginally housed.   We lost Mary Beittel, the guiding light for our agency for so many, many years.  The number of those we served increased again to nearly 3100 men, women and children.  The amount of those living on the streets who came to see us for assistance increased as well.   We also continued to deal with financial challenges in 2017.

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But it was also a year of hope and change as Sheli Mathias joined us to help with a transition in leadership.  We also were blessed by the support and help of so many in Central Ohio and beyond who continue to use us as a conduit for their compassion to the most vulnerable in our community.  We also continue to have a wonderful partnership with St. John’s United Church of Christ as our Advocacy Center & Day Services Shelter continues to be located right behind them.
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YOU still have time to make YOUR 2017 donation to continue our mission of helping the homeless and marginally housed in Central Ohio.  From material assistance to money management to supportive services to housing, YOUR support helps us help so many.

YOU can do this one of two ways—-

Either online by 12/31 at http://theopenshelter.org/donate/
or by mail (make sure your check is dated no later than 12/31/2017) to:

The Open Shelter
61 E. Mound St.
Columbus OH  43215-5121

If you have already donated, Thank You.
If not, please take this opportunity to get your donation for this year in under the wire.
Bless You & We Wish All Of You A Wonderful 2018.

THE OPEN SHELTER  61 E. Mound St.  Columbus OH  43215
614-222-2885
www.TheOpenShelter.org
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MOVE YOUR FEET AT HOOT!

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This Saturday (12/30) 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 Family Film Series at the Gateway Film Center are “G” rated and admission to the series is free with a suggested donation of a canned good to benefit The Open Shelter.

This month’s theme is DANCE!

Special appearance by Movement Afoot Tap Dance Company!

Gateway Film Center is located at 1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201.

WHAT DO THE HOLIDAYS MEAN TO YOU?

“A time for family.  But my family is in Dayton.  So it is kind of lonely.  I have Trish but not my family.  So I pray a lot for everyone.”
                                              Darryl S.

“Mixed emotions.  Stress and depression, worrying about money but also loving where I volunteer and finding joy & happiness in helping others.  It all balances out.”
                                                 Trish S.

“Nothing.”
                                           Thomas D.

“A time wherever you are to have a reason to feel and share love.  Something we have in common no matter how you celebrate.”
                                          Aundrea A.

“Family, fun and helping others.  It is the time to give back to the world and think about and pray for those not as fortunate as ourselves.
                                          Bill C.


“Loneliness and Happiness of the celebration of Jesus Christ, my Lord & Savior.”

                                               Byron P.

“It’s time to spend with your family.”
Vickie K.

“Joy & Happiness.  To children, it means presents, family time and love.  If I had a family, it would mean the same to me.”
                                            Robert M.

“It means a lot to me.  Family Life and the Birth of Jesus Christ that we shall have life & have it more abundantly.”

                                          Anthony A.

“Waking up every morning.  People should realize it’s not about presents, decorations, trees and stockings.  Let’s concentrate on keeping places open to help the homeless.  That means a lot to me.”
                                                   Lou T.

“Remembering God’s gifts to us, family & friends who we get to spend time with.  And of course, good food.”
                                           Michael O.

 

Thank You For Making The Match!

YOU DID IT AGAIN!!!!!

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!

You met the match! In fact, over $20,000 was raised in November!

So you met the $5000 Anonymous Donor Match & then some!

We are so grateful for your support of our mission to help the homeless & marginally housed.

Celebrate The Holidays With HOOT!

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This Saturday (12/2) 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 Family Film Series at the Gateway Film Center are “G” rated and admission to the series is free with a suggested donation of a canned good to benefit The Open Shelter.

This month is HOLIDAY HOOT!

Gateway Film Center is located at 1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201.

YOU Could Win “The Concert For US” Tickets Just By Helping The Open Shelter!

“Harmony Project Presents: The Concert For US” will be held at Nationwide Arena on Dec. 7 at 7:30pm. Special guest host Jane Pauley of CBS Sunday Morning will emcee. The music will be familiar, inspiring, thought-provoking, and entertaining–from recent hits to classic chart-toppers. Featuring a 30-piece band and orchestra, and 1,000 voices, the stars of the show are local volunteers–your friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers.
We are raffling off two great seats for only $5! 
Donate your $5 HERE & write “Harmony” in the special instructions.
We will draw a winner on Tuesday, November 28th!

See more about The Harmony Project HERE.
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