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 […]

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. […]

This year’s honoree is…

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OpenDoors  is proud to present the 2015 Laureate of the Year Award to Mrs. Elinor Earle, founder of Asheville’s Youthful HAND Center, which is located in the Lee Walker Heights neighborhood. This award specifically recognizes and celebrates members of the community for outstanding service to help eliminate child poverty. Ms. Earle has dedicated her life […]

…simply let it shine

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Art by Andy Farkas “I am lucky. As a child I was allowed opportunities of experience that allowed for a freedom of being that only comes with childhood. Even today I like to imagine myself as a Peter Pan figure. My longing to never grow up has transformed into a longing to retain a portion […]

We Are One. So I Am The One.

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By Lauren Jones, M.A. Special Education, Behavior and Emotional Disabilities If you had told me a year ago that I would be able to drive into any low-income housing neighborhood and see people I know, go up and sit on the porch and catch up on things, and then be invited for Thanksgiving dinner – […]

Why do I create my artwork? Because I have to.

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– by Grant Penny I suspect many, if not most, artists would agree. There is an inner necessity to produce work. If I were to deny my drive to create I would be denying myself. I enjoy the process of taking a thought/an idea, mulling it over, nudging it, tweaking it, committing to it. Paper and glue are unforgiving. […]

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.”

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  Kenn’s recent newsletter featured this quote from Kofi Annan, which demonstrates Kenn and OpenDoors’ shared commitment to promote education and literacy for all. As a sixth year donating artist, Kenn explains why he gives to OpenDoors Art Affair. “In my work I am often posing what if questions about the manipulation of space, both […]

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  Contributed Art(icle) by Nancy Joyce: I feel intrinsically drawn to help those less fortunate than myself, specifically those that are misunderstood or misrepresented. OpenDoors allows kids that would otherwise be overlooked, ignored, or that might slip through the cracks to shine and show their true potentials on a level playing field. Life is not fair. We […]

Art Affair 2015: “A Starry Night”

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Mark your calendars and start your engines! The OpenDoors volunteer team that dubbed itself “The Pit Crew” has been working nonstop to produce the most spectacular Art Affair event in OpenDoors of Asheville history. On the evening of March 7th, 2015, all three Harmony Motors showrooms will be transformed into a gala galaxy to host the […]

To a Happy and Hopeful New Year!

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We are filled with hope and gratitude as we reach this year’s end. Our gratitude is rooted in the many accomplishments we have achieved through the continued support of our diverse community this year. This involvement has increased our ability to support social workers and classroom educators as they develop necessary skills to reach those who […]

Happy Holidays from Our Random Family to Yours!

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Journalist Adrian Nicole LeBlanc began her firsthand reporting about the sprawling reach of poverty in the Bronx back in the 1990s, and continued that work for more than a decade. Then she published the book “Random Family,” which is a focused analysis and observation of poverty on a micro level of day-to-day struggles. She illuminates […]

FOCUS ON PEOPLE’S STRENGTHS, NOT THEIR NEEDS

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The Big Ideas in Social Change for 2014 column in the New York Times changed the way we talk about OpenDoors Teamleaders.  Author Tina Rosenberg describes “Task-Shifting” as an alternative way that volunteers can learn to fill a need in the community without the full degree or training that specialists usually receive. The World Health […]

Help a Child Shine Bright

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Your generous gift to OpenDoors of Asheville this holiday season will positively and permanently change the life of a child. Your gift also gains value for years to come because creating equal access to education and enrichment makes a critical difference in a child’s ability to become an inspired learner and a contributing member of […]

Thanks for Gifts that Keep on Giving

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OpenDoors is committed to helping students who live in poverty to become proficient readers before they enter high school. We are able to do this thanks to generous support from the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation and the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina’s People In Need Grant. We are enormously grateful to […]