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While estimates on scale of homeless-ness
are invariably difficult to ascertain with precision, it
is generally mentioned in the relevant United Nations
documents that there are about 100 million homeless
persons in the world.

This estimates to about 1 out of every 64 people worldwide is homeless!

United Nations Report “Strategies to Combat Homelessness (2000)” p. 26

This just in...



Newsletter is available online, in this issue Phil Callahan and the "MOMM" foundation!



In our on-going move to motivate YOU to help our community's homeless and marginally housed, we have created 'theme days' to build up 'buzz' and get YOU, your neighbors, family, friends, co-workers, church and groups motivated to help!!  These 'theme days' are great for Boy/Girl Scout Troops and Civic/Church Groups to 'spark' Donation Drives!!!

unMENTIONABLE MONDAY! We need YOU to collect and donate packages of underwear and socks for the homeless and marginally housed that we serve....mens & womens in all sizes are preferred!!

T-SHIRT TUESDAY!  We need YOUR donations of gently used and new t-shirts for the homeless and marginally housed that we serve....mens & womens in all sizes are preferred!!

WOODSY WEDNESDAY! We are in need of donations of camping equipment such as tents, tarps, candles, flashlights and sleeping bags to help those we serve who live outside...this would be a great 'project' for Boy or Girl Scout Troops!

THIRSTY THURSDAY!  We are in need of donations of coffee, bottled water, bottled & canned soda/energy drinks, juice/drink pouches and boxes, powdered and canned milk, bottled and mixes of juice & lemonade and water bottles/thermoses to help those we serve!

FOOD FRIDAY!  We are in need of donations of canned goods (especially those with pop-tops), cereal, snack foods, peanut butter, jelly, sugar, salt, pepper, pancake mix, loaves of bread, pasta, sauces and soups.   We can also accept some quantities of perishable goods such as luncheon meats, hot dogs and cheese. 

Donation drop-offs can be made at our agency (61 E. Mound St., Columbus OH 43215) Monday-Friday 10a-2p....


US poverty on track to rise to highest since 1960s-By Hope Yen, Associated Press July 22, 2012

The ranks of America's poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net.

... Poverty is spreading at record levels across many groups, from underemployed workers and suburban families to the poorest poor... ( italics ours)

Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income-By Hope Yen, Associated Press December 15, 2011

Nearly half of Americans are low-income as rising expenses, unemployment shrink middle class. Mayors in 29 cities say more than 1 in 4 people needing emergency food assistance did not receive it.

County's homeless shelter system overwhelmed! -Columbus Dispatch Oct. 11, 2010

The shelter system for homeless single adults in Franklin County is just as overwhelmed, said Michelle Heritage Ward, executive director of the Community Shelter Board. "Homelessness is a lagging indicator in a recession," she said. "It's like an earthquake in the ocean. You know the tidal wave is coming eventually. It's here now. It has hit the shore."

Poverty is reaching Suburbs! -Yahoo News Oct. 7, 2010

"Millions of Americans at all income levels moved to the suburbs looking for better schools, better jobs, affordable housing, and a sense of security, but in recent years, as incomes have fallen, people had a harder and harder time making ends meet," says Scott Allard, a University of Chicago Professor. "As a result, Americans who never imagined becoming poor are now asking for assistance, and many are not getting the help they need."- HOPE YEN, Associated Press Writer




The Open Shelter is now on facebook and twitter! You can now follow the latest info and see photos from The Open Shelter on both social network sites. On our facebook page, there is current info and pictures from past "Ho Ho Hope for the Holidays"; our annual event. Just search for us by typing in The Open Shelter (Columbus, Ohio) on facebook. We are also on twitter at Both are great ways to keep up to date on The Open Shelter.








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