OUR MISSION STATEMENT

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.

We are open to EVERYONE Monday through Friday 10am – 2pm (with the exception of major holidays).  Appointments and donation drop-offs are available Monday through Friday 9am – 2pm (excluding holidays).

WHAT WE OFFER Hot Meals – Sack Lunches – Clothing – Backpacks – Bedrolls – Tents – Tarps – Payeeship Program – Hygiene Kits – Transition To Housing – ID/Birth Certificate Assistance (From 1/22-6/22 we helped with 53 IDs & 49 Birth Certificates) – Bus Passes – Mailing Address – Access To Phone, Copier and Computer – Candles

WE LOVE VOLUNTEERS!!!  Volunteers can help in a number of different ways.
Preparing & serving food.  We can always use food groups to serve a hot meal in the mornings at our agency and also need volunteers to help. 
Taking in & sorting donations.  Helping organize & sort our Material Assistance Room.  Cleaning & sprucing up our agency.  Clerical & office duties.
We also are more than willing to work with YOU & YOUR GROUP in regards to donation & pledge drives.
Need more info?  Want to help?  Please give us a call at 614-222-2885 or CONTACT US!