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61 E Mound St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215

614-461-0407 or 614-222-2885
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The Open Shelter, Inc., opened on December 6, 1983, as the first 24-hour emergency walk-in shelter in Ohio. Since then, over 20,000 different men have been helped. However, in July 2004, The Open shelter Inc. itself joined the hundreds of homeless persons on the streets with nowhere to call home.

Our New Address is:

61 E Mound St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215

This partnership-in-service provides The Open Shelter, Inc. with a base of operations for our advocacy efforts and Outreach Services, which are even more necessary now. Everyday, there are hundreds of persons who are forced to sleep “on the streets”, on park benches, and under bushes. The remaining shelters are full. Therefore, those excluded and left behind continue to turn to The Open Shelter, Inc.

This partnership-in-service also enables The Open Shelter, Inc. to continue providing safety bank and payeeship services, and assistance in securing and then retaining housing. The Open Shelter, Inc. is also able to continue to provide clothing and food to those with nothing.

Our Outreach team works to provide the linkages necessary for inclusion in the broader community for the 400+ people living each day on the streets, in woods, parks, railroad land, and abandoned buildings, and under bridges all across the City. Outreach provides direct referrals to detox/treatment, medical care, entitlement benefits, and housing options. Because of the limitations of the shelter system, Outreach efforts include providing persons living “on the street” with food, clothing, sleeping bags, etc. to help them survive until they are able to access shelter or housing options. Outreach provides follow-up services for persons who have recently moved “off the streets” and into housing. Last year, Outreach worked with 803 persons. This year, there are more persons living “on the streets” of Columbus than ever before.


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