Our Impact

70,249

70,249 meals were provided to community members, ranging from kids and families to older adults

292

292 seniors received support to remain in their homes safely

14,331

14,331 food boxes were provided to families with a weeks worth of food supply

2,393

2,393 families received help with their winter heating bills

313,034

313,034 rides were provided by our fare-free and paratransit services

12,000+

Positively impacting the lives of more than 12,000 people each year

492

492 families secured safe and affordable housing

$261,609

211 seniors received Medicare Counseling, saving $261,609 in health care costs

1,577

1,577 individuals benefitted from financial coaching, counseling and tax preparation

41

41 housing units were preserved for low income families and 13 families were able to purchase a home

168

168 children completed preschool and demonstrated skills for school readiness

158

158 parents attended parent education opportunities

Our Vision for the future:

A place where poverty has no impact because opportunities and quality of life are equally afforded to everyone.

In Southwestern Montana, the need for the services we provide is much higher than you’d think. Steady increases in the cost of living in our communities means that we’re serving more and more customers all the time. Each year, we evaluate our impact as we strive to make progress toward our vision of the future.

Community Surveys for our Strategic Plan

As a Community Action Agency, every three years we are required to create a new strategic plan to address the most pressing needs in Southwest Montana. Our strategic plan will cover broad-based solutions, as well as specific solutions for each community within our service area. We have been hosting conversations both internally and externally regarding the actionable steps we foresee taking to tackle these needs and have culled together that input.

As one of the final parts of this process, we would like to garner your input on these steps! Click the buttons below to take the survey for the respective community. Please feel free to take surveys for multiple communities. Your input is extremely valuable whether you live, work, play, or just have a stake in the success of these communities.

Each survey takes about 10 minutes and asks you to rank and then provide qualitative feedback for each need, by community. Should you have any questions or if you would like to provide additional feedback, please contact Katharine Sutphen by email at ksutphen@thehrdc.org. Thank you for your participation!

“I continue to be amazed and so grateful for everything you guys are doing. It is a very uncertain and scary time for so many people, especially our most vulnerable, and you guys provide hope to so many in our community. So amazing to see the whole crew in action. Innovation, adaptability, and most of all compassion when faced with what seems like impossible tasks to mere mortals. Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.”

Doug Weber

Always Looking ahead.

In the coming year, we’ll work toward our goal of establishing a warehouse for our food bank, as well as a year-round shelter and resource hub, in addition to continuing our many other programs. All of this is only possible thanks to the support of our 600 partners, 7,000 donors, and 119,649 volunteer hours (the equivalent of 59 full-time employees).

We are grateful for your continued support.
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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.