OpenDoors Best-Fit Schools Program

Students with dyslexia work harder than most students as they attempt to stretch themselves and break new ground every day. We, in close partnership with parents, sometimes ask that students with learning differences take risks and invest in themselves by switching schools and attending what we call a “Best-Fit School.”  These are public, private or […]

Give the Gift of Community

“We have the resources to end poverty. The real question is whether we have the will.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The syllable “op” – as in optimism – derives from Latin.  Ops was the name of the Roman goddess of harvests. She blessed the activities of sowing and reaping. Add to that the […]

Thank You to All Pets Animal Hospital!

We would like to extend a warm thank you to our friends at All Pets Animal Hospital on Reynolds Mountain.  Drs. Josh Cook and Eddie Heath graciously welcomed OpenDoors student, Jazel Thompson, into their exam rooms and operating rooms for 2 days of a shadow experience during his Thanksgiving Break from The Gow School.  Jazel was able […]

Let’s Stand Up for Children!

Asheville was honored last month by the presence of Marian Wright Edelman, Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), who spoke on the issue of child poverty at an event organized by Pisgah Legal Services. The Children’s Defense Fund is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for more than 40 years to […]

OpenDoors receives prestigious Melvin R. Lane Grant

OpenDoors is honored to be one of six recipients in 2016 of the Melvin R. Lane grant.  This three-year capacity building grant will pay for an additional staff person and support strategic planning. Thank you to The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and the Melvin R. Lane Foundation board and family members who make this growth […]

Calling all of our Facebook Followers!

A $25 investment that pays huge rewards and lifelong dividends?  Yes, please.   In times of social unrest, senseless violence, and painful division, allow a young person challenged by poverty to have opportunity… opportunity to succeed, to work and to reach their potential.  Make change happen in Asheville. If each of our Facebook followers will […]

An Event Fit for the Gods

For the past six years we’ve watched the energy build around this annual celebration of philanthropy.  Now, as we near the 7th annual Art Affair, on March 5th at 7 p.m. (VIP Reception begins at 6:30 p.m.) we are experiencing a community effort that is astonishing, humbling, and unprecedented – and is a true and […]

Peace, Love and Harmony Motors…

“Harmony Motors is dedicated to giving back by supporting many of the wonderful non-profit organizations focused on raising the quality of life for underserved children in Asheville. We enthusiastically support the mission of OpenDoors to end multi-generational poverty and to create new possibilities for kids and their families.” Scott Wilkerson, Owner Harmony Motors We are […]

“No man is an island, entire of itself…” John Donne

“Cold Mountain” by John Mac Kah “In this day of rampant individualism, we have forgotten the words of poet John Donne;  ” No man is an island, entire of itself. Everyman Is a piece of the continent. A part of the Main”. Or rather we don’t really know the words due to a lack of […]

Let’s Talk About the Elephant in Homeroom

Let’s Talk About the Elephant in Homeroom  Tom Kerr, Asheville Freelance Writer When you were in first grade, kids and teachers in your school may have sized you up pretty fast. The principal may have known your mom when she was a kid and made the honor roll. Maybe some teachers went to the same […]

“The beginning is the most important part of the work” – Plato

Each student we work with is a new beginning.  Solving academic challenges and eliminating barriers for students at risk for drop-out is like solving a puzzle or untangling a knot. OpenDoors is excited to have seen 35% total growth in resources, which allowed us to serve more students, train more teachers, and make greater impacts […]

OpenDoors of Asheville is Grateful for Your Support!  

You are changing lives. OpenDoors of Asheville helps students who are growing up in poverty to become proficient readers, inspired learners, and productive members of our community. We give special thanks this year to the generous support from the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation, Parsec Financial’s ‘Parsec Prize’, and the Community Foundation of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]