Watson Children's Shelter, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   46 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Crime & Law

Location: 4978 Buckhouse Lane Missoula MT 59804 USA

Mission: Watson Children's Shelter provides emergency shelter in a safe, nurturing environment to children who have experienced abuse, neglect or family crisis.
Results: - Provided safe, nurturing care to 103 children in 2013 - 38 children learned how to swim in our summer program - We celebrated 47 birthday parties, complete with presents, ice cream, cake and treat bags - The children experienced Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Virginia City on summer camping trips
Target demographics: abused, neglected and abandoned children
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100 Montana Children in need of safety and care
Geographic areas served: Montana
Programs: Watson Children's Shelter provides a safe, nurturing home for children who have experienced abuse, neglect, abandonment or family crisis. With two beautiful homes, welcoming 16 children in each, children are welcomed by caring, professional staff who provide support, normalcy, safety and ensure children receive medical, dental, therapeutic or other needed services within our community.The average stay is 60 to 90 days while a more permanent arrangement is secured. Children attend school, do homework, play games, read stories, celebrate each other's birthdays. They are given the opportunity to be kids, in a safe, nurturing home. None of this is possible without support from individual contributions, sponsorships, in-kind donations, special events, and foundation grants.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 81-0369020
(406) 549-0058
www.watsonchildrensshelter.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

For years, Watson Children's Shelter been providing emergency shelter and services for children of all ages. Children in the most dire circumstances are giving a warm bed, clean clothes, delicious and healthy food along with social, medical and psychological services. The children are loved and supported in ways that you and I would think normal, but some of these kids have never before received. This well run organization is a rock star among non-profits.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Watkins Children Shelter is my favorite non- profit because of the young lives that are changed by their services. Each year i host a Christmas party with several of my friends and we make at least 2 young children's Christmas list come true. Each year we are given a update on the children and it is absolutely heart warming to hear what a difference we have been able to make. Knowing how our donations are used makes all of our Christmas filled with pure joy. I am happy that we can all rest assured that our donations are used in the best way possible.

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How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

Watson's provides deprived and/or damaged children a chance to participate and contribute to our society. Their expertise and compassion is exactly what these children need at this very important point in their development. I don't know of any nonprofit or government entity that provides a more important or vital service to our children.

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I am new to this community and board and I have been absolutely blown away by the passion, professionalism, and commitment this entire organization demonstrates on a daily basis. The staff provides a safe haven for children in crisis in a caring and compassionate manner. They allow children to grow and be kids. I have witnessed this first hand and nothing is more amazing than allowing child to be cared for in a safe and supportive environment.

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I have served on the board for over six years and am blown away by the passion, expertise and professionalism of the entire staff. They are an amazing team with strong leadership and dedication at all levels. They are constantly innovating their service model to ensure that kids in crisis experience the normalcy and safety that every child deserves while ensuring each donor dollar is maximized.

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Not sure there is a more worth nonprofit in Missoula, the kids get such an opportunity to be loved and appreciated. We are so fortunate to have such leadership in this organization, from top to bottom. Great work Watson's and thank you so much.

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One of the most worthwhile experiences I have all year is the opportunity to volunteer at route chair for the annual Bike For Shelter event.

Watson Children's Shelter never ceases to amaze me with the work they do throughout the community by helping to care for and shape the children that have com through their doors due to very unfortunate circumstances.

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Watson's Childrens Shelter is very well run. Always impressed with their professionalism and gratefulness. I'm happy to put my money here for kids that are there through no fault of their own. They truly care about the kids!

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Watson's Childrens Shelter is very well run. The children are well loved and provided with all of the basic necessities to become healthy members of our community. This not only includes a warm bed and food but access to medical and dental care. Over the many years that I have worked with them, I have seen so many success storied because of the love and care provided by the wonderful people at Watson's. It is truly a blessing for these children to get a new start with Watson's. These people are professionals who know how to give fantastic care to children.

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working with Watson's was a great experience! I can't wait to do it again this next summer when we run our next video game tourney. We will continue to spread the word about Watson's Children's Shelter and try to grow support for them.

Russell W. Simkins
Founder
Montana Melee
Montanamelee.com

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