Thankful This Giving Tuesday

Happy Giving Tuesday! As we gather this holiday season to celebrate family and share our gratitude, we would like to give you our thanks for making so many developments possible.  With your support this year we have increased access to literacy development and intervention, expanded our social work capacity and breadth of service, and sparked more interest […]

OpenDoors of Asheville is Grateful for Your Support!  


You are changing lives. OpenDoors of Asheville helps students who are growing up in poverty to become proficient readers, inspired learners, and productive members of our community. We give special thanks this year to the generous support from the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation, Parsec Financial’s ‘Parsec Prize’, and the Community Foundation of […]

Win a 2016 Porsche this Holiday!

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Don’t miss your chance to win a 2016 Porsche this holiday season!  $150 enters you into a drawing to win your choice of either a Cayenne or a Cayman from Harmony Motors.  The best part is that all ticket proceeds benefit OpenDoors of Asheville students.  Only 999 tickets will be sold and there is no maximum number […]

OpenDoors of Asheville Partners with United Way to Ignite a Passion for Reading for Struggling Middle School Learners

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Join us on Thursday, November 19th  from 1 pm to 2:15 pm at United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County Research shows (and experience supports) that one of the most fundamental components of breaking the cycle of poverty is assuring that students stay at or above grade level literacy and receive appropriate intervention if they […]

OpenDoors welcomes Diana Hanbury King for Teacher Training

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OpenDoors and Camp Spring Creek recently held our second “level two” teacher training for Asheville City Schools teachers. This additional training provided teacher three continuing education credits as well as brought them a step closer to achieving Associates level accreditation through the Orton- Gillingham Academy. Teachers who progress through OpenDoors’ level two training are eligible […]

It’s time for you to Dig the Du!

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We are excited to hold the 5th Annual Dig the Du and Kids Du 2 this weekend at Sky Valley Farms thanks to the Perry Family in memory of Llewellyn Perry and to benefit the Llewellyn Perry scholarship fund.  The race is presented by Hunter Subaru! We are expecting more than one hundred participants on […]

“Americans Who Tell the Truth” Visits NC During Popular Multi-City Tour


The artist and 52 of his acclaimed portraits will be on hand to honor a local NC role model while inspiring youth and citizens of all ages toward positive civic service and engagement. Americans Who Tell the Truth, a collection of portraits, painted by nationally-acclaimed cultural and educational artist Robert Shetterly,  is coming to Asheville’s […]

Dig the Du 2015

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Also known as, “WNC’s dirty duathlon” because it takes place on private, undisturbed land, Dig the Du is not only a good introduction to off-road, multi-sport events, it is also a great venue for seasoned athletes.

Who wants to win a Porsche and support OpenDoors?

We are excited to announce our inaugural Porsche raffle!  $150 enters you into a drawing to win your choice of either a Cayenne or a Cayman from Harmony Motors.  The best part is that all ticket proceeds benefit OpenDoors of Asheville.  Only 999 tickets will be sold and there is no maximum number of tickets […]

Dear Friend of OpenDoors,

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How can you make this summer better than any other? Most children are very excited when school lets out for the long summer break.  Facebook is full of photos of families at the beach and on trips to historic places with education-rich visits to museums.  Many of us are looking forward to spending this time […]

Finding a Sustainable Home for S.T.R.I.V.E.

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By Jess-Mara Jordan When I first found out that my VISTA project was going to include creating a mentoring program, I thought, “That shouldn’t be too difficult”.  The idea was that by using our new found partnership with UNC Asheville, we could connect OpenDoors students with college mentors in efforts to increase their exposure to college, […]

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.” -Ayn Rand

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By Lauren Jones Statistically speaking June 12 is not possible for D.  He is black, male, living way below the poverty line, and from a single parent home.  He’s been to jail, failed multiple classes, and been suspended time and time again, expelled from school, and he’s the father of three.  Society would tell you, what’s about […]

In Memory of Jill Abernethy

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By Jennifer Ramming “Jill and I met 14 years ago in Montford Park, wearing baby Bjorns with our second and third children’s chubby legs dangling down.  Our families were immediately fast friends who celebrated and traveled together. I have never met a stronger, more optimistic person and devoted mother.  She glowed with laughter and hope.  […]

Our incredible “TeamLeaders”

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  Our incredible volunteers, who we call “TeamLeaders” are at the core of what we do. Their primary role is to work with our staff and Board to build a support network for our students.  This network is comprised of trained and supported community members who help the student and their family access opportunities that […]

Parenting in Poverty – A Mother’s Day Tribute


As our nation acknowledges the very special role of mothers this Sunday, we at OpenDoors would like to acknowledge those facing the special challenge of raising children in the trenches of poverty.  According to a recent study by the nonpartisan Council on Contemporary Families, income level has the greatest impact on whether parents read to […]

It’s the Ultimate!


Asheville’s purveyor of creamy, delicious ice cream in unique flavors, Ultimate Ice Cream, has selected OpenDoors of Asheville for it’s flavor of the month program. Our featured flavor is Lemon Custard- a refreshing, tart, creamy, sweet and wonderful confection for a hot day (or any day).  Stop by as many times as you can during […]

Training Teachers to Level the Literacy Gap

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By Courtney Hamner OpenDoors partnered with Camp Spring Creek, and ACS to train 10 more teachers at the elementary level in the Orton-Gillingham approach through a 35-hour training session held over two weekends in March.  These dedicated teachers went above and beyond to show their commitment to the students in our community when they gave […]

Raise a Glass to the OpenDoors Mission and Break the Cycle of Poverty

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Cucina 24 restaurant and bar is committed to fight for kids and battle poverty during this year’s annual Asheville Bar Wars competition. OpenDoors received a wonderful first-of-spring surprise when Cucina 24 graciously chose OpenDoors as its benefactor from participation in Asheville’s 2015 Bar Wars. The fun, which takes place at 10 bars throughout Asheville, kicked […]

A Heavenly Affair at Harmony Motors

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  Thank you to all who supported us as OpenDoors of Asheville hosted its 6th annual Art Affair fundraiser on March 7th, inside the elegant showrooms of our presenting sponsor, Harmony Motors! The event, dubbed “Art Affair 2015: A Starry Night,” was a spectacular success, breaking all previous records for attendance and money raised (approaching […]

The “Purpose” of Participating

Contributing artist, Mark Bettis I believe every man, woman and child should have the opportunity and resources to succeed in life. I donate my artwork to the Open Doors’ Art Affair because they have proven that they are making a difference. Giving children even the smallest of chances to succeed is crucial to our future. […]