The Family Shelter of the Bitterroot strives to to provide comprehensive support services to help circumstantially homeless families in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana achieve sustainable economic independence.Our community programs are in part how we fulfill our mission.
The Community Meals Program offers free meals to any and all in need, from September through May.
On October 2, 2013 we joined forces with local churches and community groups to offer a free community meal each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening at Cornerstone Bible Church in Hamilton. During the month of October 2013 we served 180 meals, which increased to 789 meals served one year later in October 2015. The meals are offered to anyone in the area that is in need. The average cost per night is $150 plus about $250/month for paper plates and utensils. The wages for our meal coordinator average $400 to $500/month.
Comments from clients that attended the meals:
We are currently raising funds to build a shelter for Bitterroot homeless families. We have located a suitable one half acre site along Fairgounds Road in Hamilton and have designed a state of the art 9,600 square foot facility that will house up to 15 families, with a commercial kitchen and dining area to be utilized for the nightly Community Meals we are currently serving from Cornerstone Church.
Until we complete the new building, the Family Shelter will continue to offer immediate assistance to families who find themselves in urgent need of housing, food, utility payments, car maintenance, etc. These families are referred to us by area churches and public service organizations. Between January and October 23, 2014, we provided 624 people nights worth of emergency shelter in local motels (homeless families with 1-4 children each). Financial updates - Thrivent Financial has underwritten a long range endowment for our operation and maintenance that offers the donors a 40% Montana personal income tax credit in addition to the IRS charitable donation deduction. We have pledges from local congregations to provide a reliable funding base to help us keep up with an ever increasing demand for assistance. We will continue to explore institutional and governmental grant funding sources also. We are aware that there are numerous non-profit organizations in need of support, all with equal importance, and we strongly feel that we are one of them. Our mission of helping families in this way allows them to not only stay in the area, but also become contributing members of our community. We would greatly appreciate any financial help that you can give us, and ask that you keep the Family Shelter of the Bitterroot, Inc. in mind when planning your charitable commitments.
An endowment program has been created in collaboration with Thrivent Financial Services to raise funds and support donations; Contributions to hte endowment offer donors 40% Montana State tax credit on top of the Federal tax deduction. [More]