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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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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!

2

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.

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!

1

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.

1

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.

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

1

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!

1

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 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 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!!!

1

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.

1

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.

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.