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The Open Shelter (for Men)



Columbus, OH 43215
614-222-2885
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Class of Housing: 24-hour emergency walk-in shelter

General Information:

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.

Housing Options Services including:
    Advocacy and Assistance securing Supportive Housing
    Advocacy and Assistance securing Public (Subsidized) Housing
    Landlord/Tenant Mediation and Advocacy
    Advocacy and referral for Shelter Access
    Advocacy and Referral for AOD and Mental Health residential treatment.

Basic services include a legal mailing address, food pantry, clothing room, and access to telephone, copier, and fax machine.

Bag Lunches are prepared and delivered by the dedicated volunteer groups who have been part of our meals program for years. On a daily basis, meals are provided to 100 people.
    Lunches are prepared off-site and transported by dedicated volunteers. On a daily basis, meal groups provide lunches for 100 people.
    Dinners are also prepared off-site, transported and served by dedicated volunteer groups. Meals are served on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings through Broad Street United Methodist Church
    To make arranges to provide meals, please contact Harry Yeprem during regular business hours


Website: http://www.theopenshelter.org/

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Helpful Definitions For The Open Shelter (for Men):

Supportive Housing Programs that provide an alternative living arrangement for individuals who, because of age, disability, substance abuse, mental illness, chronic homelessness or other circumstances, are unable to live independently without care, supervision and/or support to help them in the activities of daily living; or who need access to case management, housing support, vocational, employment and other services to transition to independent living.

How To Volunteer at The Open Shelter (for Men):

Be a volunteer. Call The Open Shelter (for Men) at 614-222-2885 for current volunteer work opportunities.

Further Information:

ShelterListings.org does our best to provide free services. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some charge small fees. We always urge users of our website to visit the websites of the providers when we provide them or give them a phone call to find out more details. Our service is to provide a list of possible resources.

Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.

Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.



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