Lives in the Balance: Helping children who are between a rock and a hard place.


Wally Wallington knows how to use a few pieces of lumber, a couple of baseball-sized stones, and the same amount of elbow grease it takes to twirl a child’s merry-go-round to single-handedly move a truck-sized block of solid concrete The retired engineer is solving the age-old riddle of Stonehenge and if you don’t believe me […]

A poem by OpenDoors Youth, JaZe’l Thompson

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I am from I am from the worms to the birds I am from the rich to the poor I am from trixs to lucky charms I am from the devil to god I am from apes to a human being I am from the video games to the text books I am from A […]

Dig the Du 2014


WNC’s Dirty Duathlon returns for the 4th year on October 12th, 2014 – 10:30am. The race will again take place on the otherwise undisturbed land at Sky Valley Farms with new bike course and the second annual Kids du 2!

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Art Affair 2015 – Save the Date!

Saturday March 7th, 2015. Tickets go on sale January 7th. More information coming soon.

Art Affair 2014 photography by Katherine Brooks

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  Thank you to everyone who came out to support OpenDoors at this year’s Art Affair!  Please follow the link below to see more photos from the evening. Art Affair 2014 Photographs  

Art Affair 2014


Saturday, March 1st, 2014

One Night in New Orleans is gha-rawn-teed to inspire a veritable parade of rolling good times.
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We did it!

Jess, Daphne, and Kya

Thanks to everyone who came out to Sky Valley Farms to support OpenDoors at this year’s Dig the Du!  Pictures are available here:            

OpenDoors featured in Asheville Citizen-Times


In the beginning, there was great suspicion and mistrust as residents of the Hillcrest public housing complex observed the white, suburban soccer moms dropping off a young black boy after practice with their own sons, the sounds of high-fives and laughter floating from the minivans as the friends said their goodbyes.

Executive Director Jen Ramming featured as WLOS “Person of the Week”


She began as a volunteer in her sons third grade classroom. But what our Person of the Week experienced, inspired her to go much further than third grade. She created OpenDoors, and it’s opening hearts and minds…

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OpenDoors referenced in WNC Parent Magazine

View the article (see page 13).

OpenDoors Event Helps Children in Need

"Monkey III", by Daniel McClendon

It’s only four years old but it’s already one of the most popular fund-raising events in the area. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, a growing crowd of supporters will gather for the OpenDoors of Asheville Art Affair at The Venue, 21 N. Market Street, for a “Paris of the South” themed evening to help raise money for children living in poverty. There will be fine art, gourmet food, wine, beer, and lots of great entertainment. Read the full article on the Laurel of Asheville.

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"White framed Theo", by Gabriel Shaffer

Artwork for “The Art Affair 2013″ is starting to arrive, and we can’t wait to show it to you!
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Art Trunkfield and Navante Johnson


Lisa Whittenburg, mother to Jyquwan Boyd, 21, Navante Johnson, 12 and Jaheim and Cynthia, both fourth graders, sees her relationship with OpenDoors as a joint effort. “OpenDoors is helping me break the poverty chain for my kids so they have hope for a better future [...] Read more »

The 2013 Art Affair, sponsored by Audi Asheville

The Art Affair 2013 presented by Harmony Motors

SAVE THE DATE – February 23rd, 2013, 7pm
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Nashville Songwriters in the Round


Thank you to all our sponsors and guests who made our first annual Nashville Songwriters in the Round a great success!

Dig the Du Online Registration now open!


We’ve dug up one dragon of a duathlon, and now it’s up to you to ride it! Multi-sport athletes, trail runners, and mountain bikers: Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 14th, 10am, for the 2nd annual “Dig the Du” race.

OpenDoors featured in Mountain Xpress

The syllable “op” — as in optimism — derives from Latin. According to the Columbia Encyclopedia, Ops was the Roman goddess of harvests, who blessed the activities of sowing and reaping. Add to that the syllable “port” for safe entry or harbor, plus the syllable “unity” for cooperative community, and you get the word “opportunity.” […]

More than $65,000 raised at OpenDoors’ 3rd Annual Art Affair.

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Thank you to all who were part of our most successful event to date! OpenDoors is a community of helping hands reaching out and collectively lifting kids up so they can stand on their own two feet, and then applauding their willingness and initiative to do so.  Life is complicated for OpenDoors’ kids, but with […]

Join us to taste 5 wines for $5, and help OpenDoors!


Winesday is a wine tasting event hosted by the Wine Studio of Asheville every Wednesday from 5-8pm.  It is a chance for the wine lovers of Asheville to get together, socialize, and try new and exciting wines from around the world.  During the month of January, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to […]

December News from Jen Ramming, Co-Founder and Director


Invest in a Child. Strengthen our Community.

Dear Friends, Please consider an end of year gift to OpenDoors of Asheville. With your help we support local children at risk, many of whom are born into multi-generational poverty. Poverty is not their doing, but it IS their undoing. Please help us BREAK THE CYCLE. [...]