The Open Shelter


The Open Shelter is an Advocacy Center & Day Services Shelter for homeless and marginally-housed people in Central Ohio. We provide crucial needs directly to those in crisis.  Coordinated, supportive services are also provided, directly or by referral.


As of December 1st, we have assisted 2,686 individuals in 2023; 993 of whom were “living on the streets”. 

52,598 sack lunches and 100,205 ‘to-go’ meals have been provided.  36 men and women participated in our “Payeeship” program, which helps homeless and recently homeless persons who need third-party money management. 

44 INDIVIDUALS TRANSITIONED INTO HOUSING .  1,859 instances of camping assistance were provided in addition to 5,311 instances of clothing assistance.  We also provided 2,196 hygiene kits. 

We have also helped our guests this year in acquiring over 150 State IDs & Drivers Licenses and nearly 250 Birth Certificates.

There is also access to phones, copiers, fax, and computers in addition to providing a mailing address.  This is only possible because of YOUR support. Thank You.  

We would like to share the story of Brittani, who does free haircuts for those we serve every Monday. She does it in memory of her late son, Kayden Michael. PLEASE watch this video as Brittani and William share what “Haircuts for Hope” mean to them…and you also can find out how you can help Brittani! Thank You.


Volunteers can help in a number of different ways.
Preparing and serving food.
We can always use food groups to serve a hot meal in the mornings and also need volunteers.  Taking in and sorting donations.  Organizing and sorting our Material Assistance Room.  Cleaning and sprucing up our agency.  Clerical and office duties.

We are willing to work with YOU and YOUR GROUP in regards to donation & pledge drives. Need more info? Want to help? Please give us a call at 614-222-2885 or email us at

The Open Shelter, Inc.   
1037 Parsons Ave. 
Columbus, Ohio  43206   

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