Bike For Mental Health Hits The Open Shelter

What a pleasant surprise when Linda from Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church stopped by with sack lunches!  She brought along Jurgen & Esther who are riding across America for the “Bike For Mental Health”.   They started on May 30th from Oceanside, California and their goal is to make it to Boston by September.  While passing through Columbus, Linda took them in to stay for a few days & the rainy weather delayed them.  So she brought them along to see what we do here at The Open Shelter.  We took them on a tour of how we serve the most vulnerable in our community.  Linda, Jurgen & Esther were amazed by all that we have to offer.  

Bike for Mental Health envisions people to be more aware of mental health issues and what individuals with mental illnesses may experience.  By sharing their stories, goals are to have open and safe conversations, destroy stereotypes, and hope people become advocates of change.  
You can find our more about their journey and track their progress at www.facebook.com/BikeForMentalHealth/

Thank You To Livi’s Mitzvah Project!

Thank you to Olivia Holz who through her efforts, donated 50 canvas bags — each containing soap, tissues, a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, a wash cloth, and two water bottles — to The Open Shelter on 6/7/17.

She also gave boxes and boxes of extra donations (items they didn’t have enough of to include in each bag), including shampoo and conditioner, hand lotion, feminine products, wipes, and a lot more.  We and those we serve are very grateful for this donation!

Thank You To Devonshire Alternative Elementary!

We would like to extend a most gracious thank you to Devonshire Alternative Elementary School student leaders, students, faculty (especially Melissa Shumaker) for supporting The Open Shelter and those we serve through their Penny Harvest efforts.  They collected $400.00 for our mission!  Plus, Devonshire has been also very helpful in donating needed items and even sack lunches.  We and those we serve are very grateful.

Take a moment to watch these two videos to see how Devonshire student leaders chose agencies to support and how they campaigned and worked for them:

Thank You To Ridgeview STEM Junior High!

We would like to thank Michelle Garinger and students from Ridgeview STEM Junior High for making sack lunches for those we serve and for taking part in a discussion about The Open Shelter.  We also would like to thank Peace United Methodist Church for hosting this.

Satisfy The Need To Read At HOOT!

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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’s (5/27) theme is READING.
Gateway Film Center is located at 1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201.

Chow Down At Chipotle For The Open Shelter!

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Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support The Open Shelter.  Come in to the Chipotle at 488 S. High St., 100A in Columbus on Wednesday, May 24th between 5pm and 9pm.  Bring in the flyer attached below, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting our cause to make sure 50% of the proceeds will be donated to The Open Shelter.

Download the flyer here— Chipotle

It Will Be A Blooming Good Time At HOOT!

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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 to the series is free with a suggested donation of a canned good to benefit The Open Shelter.

This month’s (4/29) theme is FLOWERS.
Gateway Film Center is located at 1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201.

What A Fantastic Fundraiser!