Our Mission

To provide safety, nurturing, and stability to children and families through quality services and trauma-informed care.

Each year, over 100 kids — infant to age 14 — are brought to Watson Children’s Shelter. These children have been abused, neglected, abandoned or their family is in crisis. Most children are brought to the shelter by social workers or the police.

While some children may only be in our care for a few days, on average, children stay at the shelter for around 60 days. Some children may stay longer until their family crisis is resolved or longer-term supportive care can be arranged. We welcome children 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Our staff is highly trained and experienced, with degrees in education, child development, counseling, and child psychology. On average, our core staff members have over 15 years of experience working with children and families.

Our two shelters are designed to provide a safe, comfortable and welcoming stay for the children. Some of the children have never had a bedroom, never eaten a true family meal, and never had toys and art supplies. They often arrive with just the clothes on their backs. Here, they have their own bed, a place for their belongings, rooms for play, crafts, dining, and learning. We provide them with clothing, nourishing home-cooked meals and everything they need to experience and enjoy childhood.

*Our form 990 can be found on guidestar.org

Our Vision

For all children to live healthy, happy, and productive lives.

Our Values

The following set of core values guide our work as an organization. Including who we hire and retain as staff, the volunteers that make up our board of directors, what we set as our strategic objectives, and how we go about our work in our programs. These values are the foundation of the organization and set the expectation and tone for our culture.


  • We work collaboratively with others to achieve positive outcomes for children and families.


  • We work from a trauma-informed and non-judgmental perspective and utilize that knowledge and understanding in our service to children and families.


  • We treat ourselves and others with respect and fairness and strive to always be truthful and ethical in our words and actions.


  • We conduct our work to the highest level of distinction on a daily basis. We strive to be better at what we do and are open to and always looking for innovative ways to improve.


  • We believe it is our duty and obligation to manage all of our resources in a responsible and ethical manner.