Watson Children’s Shelter will be providing the public a rare opportunity to tour its building at 2901 Old Fort Missoula Road on Friday. The shelter provides a safe place for children whose families have fallen apart for whatever reasons.

In recent months, the shelter has seen an unprecedented increase in the number of children needing emergency shelter – but since Watson’s can only house 16 at a time, it has had to turn many children away. The shelter’s executive director, Fran Albrecht, has told me how this just breaks her heart, and renews her committment to building a second shelter.

So on June 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. folks can go down to Watson’s and see for themselves how the nonprofit help heal hurt children – as well as plan for the new shelter. While Watson’s has recently gotten some good news on the funding front, it’s going to take community support and community dollars to make this second shelter a reality.

For more information about Watson’s plans for a second shelter – and some gut-wrenching statistics, check out www.oneisntenough.com.

– Tyler Christensen