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.
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…
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.
Artwork for “The Art Affair 2013″ is starting to arrive, and we can’t wait to show it to you!
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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 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.” [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
Open Doors School of Thought
There was a fight at Asheville High; it wasn’t the first and it won’t be the last, but what impressed me about this event was that OpenDoors volunteers heard about it even before my son who was on campus did, and we were able to contact one of the kid’s parents immediately and circle that child in crisis with our intentional community. This was possible because of students looking out for other students and having the ability and courage to contact responsible adults in their lives whom they know they can trust. [...]
By sharing his time, talent and random great ideas, Artist Randy Shull helped get OpenDoors off the ground in 2009. One of our earliest contributing artists, it was Randy’s vote of confidence that nudged our first Benefit Art Auction into becoming reality. A master in painting, architecture, landscaping and furniture design, Randy’s creations are part [...]
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