Warming Center Blanket Drive

Winter is coming!  Please help the Warming Center stay ahead of the cold weather. 
Staff and volunteers will be collecting warm blankets and supplies on Saturday, September 14th from 10am-2pm, to help provide shelter to the homeless in our community.  Supporters can bring by blankets or other supplies, share some free food, and tour the facility.  A wish list of needed supplies (cleaning supplies, laundry soap, coffee cups, etc.) is available at this link.
The Warming Center is the only place in the valley where men, women and families without a place to go can get out of the cold each winter. Open nightly, the center relies entirely on community support and donations to provide this critical, life saving service.  
The Warming Center will also be unveiling its Community Quilt, a campaign drive designed to help raise the dollars needed to open the doors this season.  The Community Quilt provides anyone the opportunity to be a part of changing people’s lives, by giving anywhere from $5 to $5,000.  Each gift, represented by a quilt square, goes directly to Warming Center operating costs and will play an important role in keeping our neighbors warm this winter. Purchase a square by clicking here.
Last season, the Warming Center provided a safe, warm place to spend the night to more than 130 different people, varying in age from toddlers to senior citizens.  The Warming Center relocated last year to its current location at 2104 Industrial Drive to accommodate the increasing need for shelter.  Its third season saw an increase in the numbers of homeless families and women without housing; in fact one out of every five Warming Center guests were female.  Most guests only experienced a brief period of homelessness and used the center for about two weeks.  The Warming Center staff works closely with guests to help them secure sustainable long term housing by helping with housing and employment search, building resumes, and providing one on one guidance.
Stop by and visit the Warming Center before we open for the season and learn more about how you can help the homeless in our community. Contact Kristin Hamburg at (406) 585-4877 with questions.

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Brooke Poole

Public Sector

Since 2015, Brooke has been working with Allergan Aesthetics, Body Contouring. In 2018, Brooke began her role as Senior Manager of Training. Brooke graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Commercial Photography from Appalachian State University in 2011.

Brooke began her role on our Board in 2019. However, she feels it’s more fitting to say that she gets to serve on our Board. For Brooke, an evening at our Fork & Spoon was her first glance into our organization’s powerful work. As Brooke states, joining the Board has only expanded her appreciation for the caliber of people leading our mission and the impact of our vast ecosystem of services. While metrics alone are impressive, Brooke likes to visualize each number as an individual example of support – an extension of a helping hand, a moment of relief – given to one of our neighbors. She is grateful for the opportunity to participate in shaping HRDC’s future.

Although Brooke spends most of her volunteer time with HRDC, she was fortunate enough to build with Habitat for Humanity over the course of the summer in 2020. Her favorite place to spend time is anywhere under the Big Sky, although Hyalite may be her favorite place on Earth.

Ron Brey

Public Sector

Ron served as Bozeman’s Assistant City Manager from 1990 to 2008. After retiring, Ron joined our Board in 2011. Ron received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Montana in 1977, and his Masters in Science in Rural, Town, and Regional Planning from the University of Montana in 1987.

During his time with the City of Bozeman, Ron saw the important role that HRDC has played in our community. Ron has seen that HRDC provides necessary social services to assure that all Bozeman residents could obtain housing, food, training, employment and the other necessities of life. He also came to understand that HRDC was always able to respond immediately as new community needs arose. Ron believes that the dedication, hard work, and compassion of HRDC’s staff make it a real honor to serve on the Board.

Ron also serves on the Trails, Open Space and Parks Committee for the City of Bozeman, and as a volunteer with the Red Cross. One of Ron’s favorite activities is walking his beloved dog every day, enjoying many of Bozeman’s trails and parks, like Burke Park, Bozeman Creek, and the Hyalite and Mount Ellis areas. Ron and his wife Claire enjoy spending their days with family, friends, and time outdoors.