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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

4 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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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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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.