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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Join Maahikeee & Friends And The Open Shelter For A Benefit Concert

Join us the evening of Saturday, November 11th at Long Street Studio (300 E. Long St. Columbus OH  43215) for PrettyANDPetty Productions Presents: Maahikeee & Friends Showcase “Don’t Breathe”,
a benefit concert featuring the original music of Maahikeee.
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“Don’t Breathe” is Maahikeee’s debut project as a song writer. “Don’t Breathe” evolved from a song idea to a movement. It was the catalyst to want to share a story through music, and after a successful KickStarter campaign, it has now transformed into a benefit concert that will showcase Maahikeee’s talented friends, and collect donations for The Open Shelter.

Explore the different genres. Hear the different stories.
Get the full experience. #Letsmakemusictogether

 

Make A Memorable Match In November For The Homeless & Marginally Housed

Make A Memorable Match In November! 
Our Anonymous Donor Is Pledging Another $5000 If YOU Can Match It In November! 

There Are Two Ways To Help The Homeless & Marginally Housed:

Donate Here– http://www.TheOpenShelter.org/Donate
*Please Type “Match” In The Special Instructions* 
or mail your donation to:
The Open Shelter
ATTN: Match
61 E. Mound St.
Columbus OH 43215-5121
KEEP THE OPEN SHELTER OPEN!!!

THE OPEN SHELTER  61 E. Mound St. Columbus OH  43215-5121 
                http://www.TheOpenShelter.org
                  614-222-2885

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Thank YOU For Giving BIG For The Open Shelter!

We Would Like To Thank YOU!
Because Of YOUR Donations & Bonus Pool Funds To The BIG Give, Over $31,000 Was Raised For The Open Shelter & Those We Serve, The Homeless & Marginally Housed!
Thank You To The Columbus Foundation For Allowing Us To Be A Part Of It!!!

It Is Truly A Blessing!!!  We Are Overwhelmed By Your Generosity & Outpouring of Support.
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THE OPEN SHELTER
61 E. Mound St.
Columbus OH  43215-5121
614-222-2885   
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Trick-Or-Treat At Halloween HOOT!

On the final Saturday of each month 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 (10/28) is HALLOWEEN HOOT!
Beginning at 10 a.m., the HOOT theater is decorated for the holiday, costumes are encouraged, and kids can trick-or-treat at the entrance to the auditorium.

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

Change And Sameness

In any not-for-profit agency, the executive leadership has two primary obligations.  The first is to ensure that the work being done reflects the agency’s mission effectively.  The second obligation is to ensure that the essential aspects of the mission continue to be possible.

 

Most of the time this second obligation takes the form of adequate fund-raising, administrative functionalism and appropriate staffing and delegation of duties.  However, there is an aspect of the obligation which doesn’t come up often: How does the agency move forward when the current leadership is no longer in a position to continue in that role?

 

It is time to address that question with you.

 

For over three decades, my wife & I have loved and guided The Open Shelter through tumultuous times & transitions.  We have believed that our primary obligation has been to stay behind with those who feel left behind.  We have struggled to be an ally for those who are alone on our streets.  We have tried, by example, to show our most vulnerable neighbors that they are loved, respected and cared about – equally to all others.  We have tried to demonstrate God’s presence, responding to their needs.
              

I am almost 70 years old and, this August, my wife was freed from and concluded her two year struggle with brain cancer.  While we continue to love and believe in the role of The Open Shelter, we are no longer in a position to continue in our executive leadership role.

 

While Mary’s battle with cancer intensified the transitioning process, she and I had been preparing for the need for a transition for almost five years.  We began by recognizing that there were three possible ways to conclude our leadership role: 1) Admit that The Open Shelter was no longer necessary and prepare to close while trying to redirect the incredible impact and offerings of so many meal groups, volunteers and material assistance efforts.  2) Find an agency which is similar to The Open Shelter and negotiate a merger, transferring the volunteer involvement to that place and stipulating that Solomon Dean & Harry Yeprem are offered positions out of respect of their twenty years each of exceptional service on behalf of homeless & marginally housed persons.  3) Find a way to survive because The Open Shelter is genuinely unique & serves an essential role in the continuum of care on the streets of Columbus.

 

We talked to other service providers, board members, volunteers and guests.  All of the feedback was that we have an important and unique role in this community’s continuum of care and need to preserve the style and commitment of our pastoral care emphasis and alliances-for-the-long-haul.

 

Having received the message that The Open Shelter needed to survive, we started to seek the people who would carry the agency into the future, providing both CHANGE & SAMENESS.

 

Just as we believe that God brought us to The Open Shelter, we also believe that Sheli Mathias was sent to us.  She brings a faith, a spirit and an appreciation for the attitude and efforts of The Open Shelter which we believe can carry our work into the future.
I am not going away.  But I am shifting more of the daily management of The Open Shelter to Sheli, who brings her unique gifts as offerings to our most vulnerable neighbors and can defend CHANGE & SAMENESS on this covered piece of the sidewalk.

 

With Undying Thanks,

 

 

Kent R. Beittel, Half of The Executive Team