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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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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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.


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.