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Save The Date for our 10th Anniversary Art Affair Gala!!

Art Affair 2019…..Celebrating 10 years of helping families break the cycle of poverty. MISSION X. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join us in commemorating this 10th year of our Xistence. Join us at Ambrose West on March 9th to celebrate the successes of our students! Investigate exciting selections of Art, […]

Larry Hopkins and OpenDoors of Asheville: A deliriously-rewarding relationship.

For its 10-year anniversary, we are highlighting a few special members of the OpenDoors community. Larry Hopkins, who moved to Asheville in the mid-1990s, owns and operates ananda hair studio (22 Broadway St., Asheville) and its offshoot, ananda west (37 Paynes Way in the River Arts District). An avid supporter of the arts in WNC, […]

The Truth Fairy says… “Driving Costs!”

Transportation Costs Drive Children Deeper into Poverty. But with your help, OpenDoors can reverse that trend. The longer a child lives in poverty, the greater the chances are that they will never escape it. In fact, for those who spend even half of their critical childhood years in poverty, there is an 84 percent chance […]

The Struggle Bus

It was 12:30 in the afternoon, and with Shawntell as my guide, we struck out for our assignment, designed by OpenDoors Program Director Joseph Jamison. He titled it “The Struggle Bus.” Our mission was to start at the downtown public transit station and figure out how we’d get to work if we worked at the […]

Truth Fairy says… “Caps and frowns!”

This summer gives us ample reason to celebrate!  We are experiencing national graduation rates at an all-time high.  According to the North Carolina School report cards for 2017, graduation rates are higher at both the state and local level: Approximately 88% for both Asheville City Schools (ACS) and Buncombe County Schools (BCS) The racial gap appears to […]