“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

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,

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.

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

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

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”

  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

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

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

  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…

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

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.

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.

– 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.”

  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 […]

give. thanks.

  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 […]