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Watson Children's Shelter, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Protection Against Abuse

Mission: Watson Children's Shelter's mission is to provide safety, nurturing, and stability to children and families through quality services and trauma informed care.

Results: - Provided safe, nurturing care to over 100 children in 2018 - We celebrated 47 birthday parties, complete with presents, ice cream, cake and treat bags

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 has two programs. Our shelter care program has two two beautiful homes, caring for 24 children at a time. 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. In response to dramatically increased child abuse and neglect reports in Montana and an ever-growing need for shelter care services for children, in 2016 we decided as an agency to focus “upstream” to address the issues and concerns within families that were leading to the abuse and neglect of children in the first place. That focus led to the development of our evidenced-based Healthy Foundations family support program which officially launched in March of 2018. The program works to strengthen families by addressing stressors, barriers, and challenges, ultimately helping create stronger, healthier, and more stable family environments where children can grow and thrive. Thereby dramatically reducing the likelihood of child abuse or neglect from ever occurring. None of this is possible without support from individual contributions, sponsorships, in-kind donations, special events, and foundation grants.

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

Watson Children's Shelter is the best charity organization I have ever been involved with. This organization really cares for it's community and the people they serve. First class organization

2 Lindsay S.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have donated a few times to Watson Children's Shelter. We took a tour last year when they had an open house. We were both greatly impressed by the care and attention to detail that goes in to running the shelter. It was clean and well organized. The hang out areas and play areas looked like so much fun. We could tell that the staff at Watson's were deeply committed to giving the children a safe, friendly and healing place to stay. Thank you for all that you do for families in our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Watsons Children’s Shelter about 2 years ago. I have found the experience to be extremely rewarding and always look forward to offering more of my time. The children are spectacular survivors and the staff is nothing short of incredible. I cannot wait for many more years of volunteering with them and supporting them in any way that I can.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Children are among the most pure and innocent this world has to offer. Children are also the most helpless when it comes to dealing with the harsh realities of life. Watson Children's Shelter, offers hope, love and support to these children in need. Any individual, or organization that assists in this matter will always have my full support!

1 Kris26

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an awesome charity & they do terrific work! The kids respond so well with a caring, loving staff that really does care for them all. Thanks for all you do Watson's!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My knitting circle decided to do a public service project, and donated handmade hats to Watson Children's Shelter. We were impressed by the facilities and by the work done by this shelter. The staff are kind and caring, and were organized and efficient regarding our donation experience. The children there seem to be having a wonderful experience in the face of their difficult situations. This is an organization that I hope to be able to continue to support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Watson's Children's Center provides a place for children that need a safe stable atmosphere during a difficult time in their lives, Western Montana is truly blessed.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We became aware of the work that Watson House does when our son who is a tennis pro at the PEAK, told us about the Pro-Am tournament. We traveled from our home in Alaska to watch him play and were impressed by the work that the Watson House is doing for children in Montana. We have attended the Pro-Am twice now and proud to support their continued work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Historically Watson Children's Shelter puts children number one. Children are safe at this shelter. Watson's provides care 24/7 giving children love, nourishment for body and soul. Watson's practices strong child advocacy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Watons is an amazing non-profit in our community, they provide a invaluable resource to children in our community and state. Each year I run the half marathon to raise money for those beautiful little souls and recently I've been blessed to be able to partner with Watsons through my career field. There is no other non-profit that even compares in my heart.

1 Rich S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Watson Children's Shelter provides a much needed service to the children of this community. They provide a safe, comforting, and stable life to these kids when their life is anything but safe and comforting. My nonprofit of choice for the past two years. Keep up the good work.

1 Kathy198

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated for many years because I believe Watson children's center is a safe place for children and I believe they try to give the children some sort of normal they have always been very friendly

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Donor

Rating: 5

I chose Watson Children's Shelter as my business' nonprofit of choice for the past two years. They are receptive to donations and grateful beyond words. I was amazed by their facility and their work to offer a safe place for children. Each year, the thank you letter moves me to tears as I read of homeless, neglected children. My heart aches and I am so glad their kids' lives have lead them to action and not paralyzed them with disdain. I am so grateful for a shelter so loving and kind that kids have a chance they may not have had before. Good Work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to Waston Children's Center for a year now. I am truly touched by this organization and by its volunteers and employees who give so selflessly of their time and the love to help touch children who may be desperately in need of love and affection. I only wish I could give more of myself to help these children.

1 Michael293

Donor

Rating: 5

The Watson Children's Shelter is focused on helping children in dire need. It is operated efficiently and effectively, and provides a most valuable social service! It's hard to fully appreciate what the Watson Shelter does for kids in need.

1 Mary312

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was a resident of Watson Children's Shelter in Missoula about 15 years ago. Watson, and then Director Fran Albrect, saved my life. My son was cared for lovingly, and was able to transition back home. I will be eternally grateful to Watson Children's Shelter for helping my son and I out in a crisis.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am grateful for the work that Watson Children's Shelter provides for our community. I try and donate several times a year to help the children that are staying there feel more comfortable. I have an annual yard sale and always take my gently used clothing and toys/stuffed animals for donation. It breaks my heart to know that children need to be rescued from their broken homes but am so thankful that Missoula has a place to help them heal and be safe.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Watson's always has the child's welfare of utmost importance in everything they do. They try to make each child feel important and loved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Watson Children's shelter is a great place for young children up to 14 who need temporary care and reliable home like atmosphere to be in, Many of these young people come to Watson with no more than the clothes they have on. When they step into Watson they have a warm environment with clothing food and essentials needed to give them some security. The staff there is the very best and it reflects in our communit.

1 Stew W.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have a staggering number of non-profit organizations in Missoula, the vast majority of which are doing really great work fulfilling a multitude of community needs. Watson Children's Shelter is at the very top of the heap of all of them and one that I feel really good about donating to.

1 Theresa51

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the work Watson Children's Shelter does. The shelter has rescued hundreds of children from conditions I can't even imagine. The staff treats each child with love and respect, and truly changes lives for the better. Moreover, they do it with class and always present a positive face to the community.
I am the executive director of a different sort of not for profit. We provide fun. Personally and professionally, I support Watson Children's Shelter because what they do matters.

1 R.j. D.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the mission of Watson Children's Shelter about 3 years ago by my daughter and her children. They invited me to participate in a bicycle riding event fundraiser. My grandson, Nolan's artwork had been chosen as the logo for the official fund raiser shirt. My daughter informed me at that time about the wonderful work that Watson does for the benefit of the underprivileged and often abused children of the Missoula community. My grandson's are both so touched by what Watson does for the children of Watson that they have donated their own personal belongings to the shelter for use by the children. By grandson, Eli, even donated his birthday money this year to Watson Children's Shelter. For a non-profit organization to have this much impact on children who have all they need by sharing with those much less fortunate is commendable and a blessing.

1 Kevin112

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been involved with Watson Children's Shelter for over 10 years and have known them to have nothing but the utmost compassion and love for the children they serve. Keep up the absolutely essential work you do!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Several different sources that I trust have informed me that Watson Children's Shelter, Inc. is a well run charity that provides a much needed service to the community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I came to Missoula 4 years ago and wanted to run an event with a quality organization. Watson Children's Shelter is first class. Our relationship has been awesome. Their staff and board have been amazing, making our event a first class, top notch yearly event people place on their calendars 9-12 months out.

1 Robert142

Donor

Rating: 5

Big Sky Bikes has worked with Watson Children's Shelter for the past two years with their Bike for Shelter Ride. This is a very special day that is very well organized by a friendly, caring, and professional group. I am looking forward to many more years of joining them on this day that brings the community together.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

outstanding charity that helps children in need.
Great people who take pride and truely care about their organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff showed amazing support and level of committment to the kids. I worked with them for a mailing program and my former department adopted the shelter one Christmas

1 Peggy44

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported Watson children home, since Jan started it several years ago. The shelter has grown so much and has been able to care for so many children. Support Watson, they are caring for some of our future adults.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We've been contributing to The Watson's Children Shelter for many years.... The love and security that all children need to have, especially during a family crisis time is crucial. Many children end up finding more comfort and "normality" at the shelter than they did in their own home. The Shelter provides a safe, loving place for a child to temporarily land while the family structure has time to get re-aligned. Thank You Watson's Shelter..!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My company has been a donor supporting Watson Children's Shelter for several years and, my wife and I have become personal supporters as well. Watson Children's Shelter is a one-of-a-kind non-profit in Missoula, Montana who's sole mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children who have experienced abuse, neglect,abandonment, or other family crisis and as a result have been removed from their home environment. I recently visited the Shelter and was so impressed with the dedication and professionalism of the staff and volunteers who are so committed to the mission and values of the organization. The first thing that is provided for a child who is brought to the Shelter is a stuffed bear and a hand made quilt. Nothing like a warm blanket made with love and a soft teddy bear to make one feel safe and secure. I was so impressed with the spacious and immaculate facility that has been provided for these children. I heard so many heartwarming stories of support and love provided in such heartbreaking circumstances. What a wonderful mission and what loving individuals carry out that mission. I can't say enough about Watson Children's Shelter and the important role it plays in the community. Ron H.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization which serves children respectfully and wholeheartedly.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an area therapist who works with children, many of whom have suffered from abuse and neglect. Many of the children I have worked with have spent time in Watson Children's Shelter. I am always so amazed by the stability, care, and safety the shelter affords these children in their time of need. The kids express how safe they felt there and how kind the staff is. No child is in the shelter for any good reason, rather, the worst possible circumstances one could imagine have brought them there. And still they find security and nurturing in the storm.

1 Crystal P.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is my first year working with Watson Children's Shelter and I couldn't be more happy to work with them! I toured the facility earlier this year and couldn't believe what a fantastic home they have put together for their children. The children that end up in this shelter are usually taken suddenly from their homes and placed for shorter periods of time while awaiting permanent placement. For this reason, the shelter likes to make sure each child gets some new weather appropriate clothing and new blanket to take with them where they go next. This was especially heartwarming to me because I can't imagine my child being cold. The shelter also makes sure each child has a little birthday celebration, which I think is important for them to feel like individuals. They also have areas where children can play independently for when they need some space from the other kids. With all the non-profits I've been involved with, this is my favorite because it is clear they truly care about the kids and the quality of care they receive.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the Board of Directors for the Watson Children's Shelter for the last four years. Through this time, I have grown even more in love with the Organization and what we for children in need. The compassion for children is unmatched and my expectations regarding quality of care (which are high to begin with) are continually exceeded. The most important thing is no matter what has happened in a needy child's past, they can come to Watson Children's Shelter and just be a kid again. No child should be punished for the poor decisions of their parents and this organization does an exceptional job to turn these kids' situations into a successes.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization effectively cares for the most vulnerable in our community. My family gives to this organization in lieu of gifts to each other. These children come to the shelter with nothing and they provide everything including love, support and numerous activities. I encourage others to support Watson Children's Shelter.