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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 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.

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.