Shiiquan is a third grader at Isaac Dickson, an energetic charmer who loves chess club, football, has excelled in soccer, and is looking forward to trying his hand at baseball in the Spring. When we met Shii two years ago, he was a child whose cooperative, easy-going nature in the classroom belied the fact that he was failing to learn to read. […]

The Art Affair 2012

February 25, 2012 The Affair Begins!   Buy Tickets   Learn more »

December News from Jen Ramming, Co-Founder and Director

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. […]


Most of the children OpenDoors has the honor to work with, are preschool or elementary school aged. Jasmine, however, came into the program as an 11th grader at Asheville High School. Though her grades were solid, her conduct led her to the brink of losing it all. Believing in her potential, OpenDoors got involved and […]


As with most of life’s best relationships – the one between 5th grader Davon and his OpenDoors mentors Katherine Brooks and Peggy Weil, began organically. No ‘formal’ match up or introduction, just a great kid two women got to know through school activities and their own children. Katherine says Davon has been a welcome member […]

This is how we “Du” it!

Our first annual Dig the Du event on Sunday, October 9th was a tremendous success.

October News from Jen Ramming, Co-founder and Director

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. […]


The love for and belief in J’Von by his mentors, served as some of the earliest seeds for what has blossomed into OpenDoors of Asheville. Before his learning differences were diagnosed, J’Von struggled in traditional school. He couldn’t keep up with his studies, so he went for the laughs instead – becoming the class clown […]

Dig the Du Race Results

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Our Contributing Artists – Meet Randy Shull

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 […]

“A Garden Tour” benefiting OpenDoors of Asheville

Join us on Sunday, June 12th from 3 pm til 6 pm.
Click here for directions via Google Maps.

It’s Official!

Exciting news!!!  OpenDoors of Asheville has officially received our 501(c)3 IRS tax exempt non-profit status!  Special thanks to Board Chair Kendra Sherrod,  Stephen Trust, and Brian Morrison at McGuire, Wood and Bissette for all their efforts to accomplish this!

New Article in Verve Magazine

OpenDoors is getting some great press lately!  Click here to read this wonderful article in Verve Magazine!

OpenDoors Auction a Smashing Success

Over 250 people filled the Haywood Park Ballroom for OpenDoors 2nd Annual Benefit Art Auction on February 12th. The lively crowd fell silent when OpenDoors student Antonio stood at the podium and described his goals–to play basketball and to attend a private school–and his desire to be a good example to his brothers and sister […]

Jim Ostlund

“Lost” Dimensions: n/a Media: sepia wash Fair Market Value: $1800 Min. Online Bid: $900 Absentee Bidding

Richard Oversmith

Dimensions: n/a Media: n/a Fair Market Value: $1800 Min. Online Bid: $900 Absentee Bidding

Anonymous Donor

Dimensions: n/a Media: Fair Market Value: $250 Min. Online Bid: $125 Absentee Bidding

Laleah Adams

“Tall House” Dimensions: n/a Media: n/a Fair Market Value: $225 Min. Online Bid: $120 Absentee Bidding

Mike Smith

“The Green Barn” Dimensions: 26 3/8″ x 30 1/8″ Media: Photograph (matted) Fair Market Value: $3500 Min. Online Bid: $1250 Absentee Bidding

4 Nights at Villa Cortes in Nosara, Costa Rica

Casa Grande at Villa Cortes in Nosara, Costa Rica 4 nights Fair Market Value: $1200 Min. Online Bid: $600 Absentee Bidding This private secluded property is perched above the Pacific Ocean on the Northwest Coast of the Guanacaste region in Costa Rica. The name Cortes comes from the native Cortes tree which is prevalent throughout […]