“No man is an island, entire of itself…” John Donne

“Cold Mountain” by John Mac Kah “In this day of rampant individualism, we have forgotten the words of poet John Donne;  ” No man is an island, entire of itself. Everyman Is a piece of the continent. A part of the Main”. Or rather we don’t really know the words due to a lack of […]

Let’s Talk About the Elephant in Homeroom

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Let’s Talk About the Elephant in Homeroom  Tom Kerr, Asheville Freelance Writer When you were in first grade, kids and teachers in your school may have sized you up pretty fast. The principal may have known your mom when she was a kid and made the honor roll. Maybe some teachers went to the same […]

“Life’s most persistent and urgent questions is, “What am I doing for others?”” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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It has been a privilege working with the kids of OpenDoors of Asheville. I have enjoyed watching their progress as we have explored the world of Portraiture. It is very gratifying to see a kid who thinks they have no talent for art discover the artist that has been hidden within them. It brings a great feeling […]

Porsche Raffle 2016 – Drawing October 1

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PORSCHE RAFFLE – MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR OCTOBER 1, 2016 That’s the date we will draw for a 2017 Porsche Cayman or Cayenne. While we did not reach the number of tickets we needed to draw for the Porsche on December 30, 2015, we are grateful for your support of this fund raising project. And […]

“The beginning is the most important part of the work” – Plato

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Each student we work with is a new beginning.  Solving academic challenges and eliminating barriers for students at risk for drop-out is like solving a puzzle or untangling a knot. OpenDoors is excited to have seen 35% total growth in resources, which allowed us to serve more students, train more teachers, and make greater impacts […]

Art Affair 2016

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Save the Date! Saturday, March 5th @ Green Man Brewery on the South Slope. Exquisite gala with 75+ art auction items and catering from top Asheville restaurants and lounges.

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OpenDoors of Asheville is Grateful for Your Support!  

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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 […]

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

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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

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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!

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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 […]