Mary began her career with HRDC in the spring of 1982.  The first of many challenges Mary would take on was the development of our Gallatin Valley Food Bank, where she was instrumental in creating the first food bank in Montana.  Her work lives on each day as community members access the food they need. Because of Mary, 1 in every 6 lives in the valley have the nutrition they need.  Mary was also instrumental in creating the Montana Food Bank Network, a network that today assists food banks and pantries in every community across the state.

Mary had a passion for helping our senior community.  She believed strongly in helping our seniors stay in their homes as long as safely possible. Mary brought her vision of “aging in place” to life through home health care and case management services.  These services still provide for the needs of our most vulnerable seniors and extends their time at home for 3-5 years, while offsetting the high cost of assisted living.

Mary spent much of her years at HRDC tackling affordable housing, becoming proficient in asset and property management in a world of complex tax credit and federal funding requirements.  Mary emerged as the expert in the field and expanded her reach from the Gallatin Valley to communities all across the state, with special impacts in Helena, Havre, and White Sulphur Springs.  Those communities are and will forever be indebted to Mary for her contributions.

Mary’s talents, dedication and knowledge of the community lead her to the position of Associate Director, the number two position at HRDC.  Throughout her career she made endless contributions to our customers, programs and her fellow co-workers.  Mary’s willingness to jump in and tackle the most complex and deep rooted challenges that poverty creates is a part of her legacy that will forever serve as an inspiration to the entire HRDC family.

Mary’s influence in HRDC is everywhere and touches all facets of the work we do.  The HRDC of today is strongly influenced by her work.  HRDC and the communities we serve are forever indebted to Mary, her reach is incredible, and everywhere.  Her accomplishments are numerous and will impact the lives of tens of thousands in this valley and beyond for years to come.

To continue Mary’s Legacy at HRDC, please make a donation to the Mary Martin Memorial Fund: