The Open Shelter

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  • THANK YOU FOR MAKING MATCH MADNESS A SLAM DUNK!
    We want to thank everyone who not only matched a $5000 gift that was up for grabs but SLAM DUNKED that goal and pushed it to a total of $8097.00!!! A very special thanks to our new friends Jeff, Jason, Chris, Pat, and Amy from Eldorado Scioto Downs powered by Caesars Entertainment who came through at the buzzer with… Read more: THANK YOU FOR MAKING MATCH MADNESS A SLAM DUNK!
  • Assisting Anthony
    Anthony is a guest we have assisted for a long time. He also has a history with us since our time on State St. But no matter his struggles, we have been there for him. And he has been there for us, providing a pizza party for those we serve, which he will share with… Read more: Assisting Anthony
  • Asking Anne
    Anne is a long-time supporter of The Open Shelter who also volunteers for us and those we serve faithfully. Anne shared with us a little bit about herself and what The Open Shelter means to her. TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF “I am from the east side of Columbus. I grew up in south… Read more: Asking Anne
  • Get To Know Glen
    Glen Matson was recently hired as our Day Services Assistant. He works hand in hand with our Deputy Director of Day Services, Solomon Dean, to make sure our guests, homeless and marginally housed men, women, and children, feel safe, secure, and helped each day. We sat down with Glen to learn a little bit more… Read more: Get To Know Glen
  • Miss Sadie Shares
    Miss Sadie has had to overcome many struggles in her life. She has lived a full life and The Open Shelter has been there along the way. She sat down to share about herself and how The Open Shelter has assisted her. “I am from Mississippi. I have been in Columbus for over 30 years.… Read more: Miss Sadie Shares
  • WHAT A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON THANKS TO YOU!
    The Open Shelter was able to provide a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2023 to nearly 50 families, over 225 children, and hundreds of men and women, thanks to the caring, thoughtful, and loving efforts of so many. Toys, games, hygiene kits, care packages, clothing, food baskets, and delicious meals were provided to our homeless… Read more: WHAT A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON THANKS TO YOU!
  • THANK YOU FOR A GREAT GIVING TUESDAY!
    The Open Shelter and those we serve THANK YOU for a Great Giving Tuesday!!! Your support and donations raised over $6500 for our mission of “Staying Behind With Those Left Behind”. This is the most The Open Shelter has ever raised for Giving Tuesday. YOUR support makes sure that we are able to provide CRUCIAL NEEDS for homeless and… Read more: THANK YOU FOR A GREAT GIVING TUESDAY!
  • 40 YEARS OF SERVICE THANKS TO YOUR GIVING!
    On December 6th, 1983 The Open Shelter was born thanks to the efforts of Kent Beittel. It was the first 24-hour emergency walk-in shelter in Ohio. Kent was described in many ways; “fierce advocate for the homeless”, “relentless and stubborn champion for social justice”, “maverick”, “Don Quixote of the city’s homeless” and unfortunately, in other… Read more: 40 YEARS OF SERVICE THANKS TO YOUR GIVING!
  • Supporter Spotlight: Kathy Jackson
    Kathy Jackson has been a generous and loyal supporter of The Open Shelter and those we serve for many, many years. Whether it is helping us for a special Holiday Event, urgent need, or just being there for our guests; Kathy has always come through for our mission of “Staying Behind With Those Left Behind”.… Read more: Supporter Spotlight: Kathy Jackson
  • Jerome’s Journey
    Jerome is one of our guests who YOUR support has helped for many, many years. Jerome is currently part of our payeeship program which provides third-party money management to help guests get housed and stay housed. Jerome also volunteers every day at our agency and serves as our “Donations Liaison”, helping unload and sort donations… Read more: Jerome’s Journey
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