Kinderhaven History

Meet Marsha Ogilvie

One of the most influential and hard working women ever to call Sandpoint home, Marsha was a business owner, City council member, mayor, and although she worked hard over the years in many areas, her true passion was to help children. 

Marsha was a foster child herself, and could not bear to witness children removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect with no better place to go.  Many times, they were separated from their siblings due to a lack of foster homes, or worse, taken to juvenile detention to wait for a placement. In 1996 she rented a small house and worked tirelessly to build a foundation to call home for these children.

She raised the money, worked with state agencies, set up our non-profit and acted as the board chair for many years. Since then, Kinderhaven has nurtured over 1500 local children. We have evolved into a place of true healing; we strive to anchor the children into a life of love, stability and acceptance. Marsha passed away in 2014, leaving behind many beautiful legacies that shine on her spirit.