Kent Beittel – Director Emeritus
Kent was Director of The Open Shelter from it’s inception in 1983 through 2019. His wife Mary served by his side for many years. He then became Director Emeritus in 2020. Sadly, Kent died on October 16, 2020 at the age of 72. His efforts and passion in helping the homeless and marginally housed were unmatched and his legacy will live on at The Open Shelter.


Sheli Mathias – Director
Graduate of Capital University
(B. S.) & University of Dayton
(M. S.). Was an educator in the Reynoldsburg School District for 8 years. Spent a few years between teaching and The Open Shelter as a stay-at-home mother. Began volunteering for The Open Shelter in 2014 and was hired in November 2015. Oversees our money management program, which assists approximately 60 homeless and marginally housed men and women with money management. Supervises and oversees the daily operations of the agency. Interacts with officers of the Board, volunteers, service providers, media and the public.
Solomon Dean – Deputy Director of Day Services
US Army Veteran. Has worked for The Open Shelter since 1998. Background in group home work. From Trenton, New Jersey. Has received numerous awards, including from the Columbus Coalition for The Homeless.
Is well respected and trusted by those we serve. Is considered the “backbone of the agency”. Works hands on with clients to make sure they get the clothing, food, hygiene items and resources they need to survive.



Sarah Hatchard – Programming Associate
Was hired by The Open Shelter in November 2018. Graduate of Otterbein University with a B. A. in public relations and a minor in sociology. Previous work experience with Star House, Lutheran Social Services & The Ohio Association of Foodbanks. Works with clients in making sure they receive resources they need to survive and thrive. Is very successful in building up a rapport with those we serve. Sarah is very passionate about Social Enterprise.


Jerome Jackson – Donations Liaison
Jerome is a member of our Payeeship Program. Jerome has volunteered with us for many years. He helps with taking in, sorting and organizing donations. Jerome also helps make sure The Open Shelter runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis. We are very grateful for Jerome’s help.


Harry Yeprem Jr. – Resource Development Coordinator
Has worked for The Open Shelter since 1999. Lifelong Columbus, Ohio resident.  Graduate of Columbus South High School. Is responsible for fundraising for the agency, including composition and mailing of a quarterly newsletter. Handles social media, website and email contacts for the agency.
Also deals with client mail and banking for clients and donors. Works with youth groups, businesses, churches, families and individuals as far as support.


THE OPEN SHELTER, INC.
61 E. MOUND ST.
COLUMBUS OH 43215-5121

PHONE- 614-222-2885
EMAIL- openshelter@att.net or openshelter@juno.com