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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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 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.