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Mission Statement


The Open Shelter provides, directly or by referral, emergency shelter and assistance for homeless and marginally housed persons in Central Ohio, especially the most vulnerable among them; and to provide directly or by referral, coordinated, supportive services, and transitional and/or permanent housing, enabling homeless and marginally housed persons to achieve maximum participation in the community.

The Open Shelter continues to exist and to serve homeless persons in the heart of the City solely as a direct expression of the compassion and generosity of the citizens of Central Ohio. Outreach Services are supported, in part, by Health Care for the Homeless.

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