We believe we can build
70,249 meals were provided to community members, ranging from kids and families to older adults
292 seniors received support to remain in their homes safely
14,331 food boxes were provided to families with a weeks worth of food supply
2,393 families received help with their winter heating bills
313,034 rides were provided by our fare-free and paratransit services
Positively impacting the lives of more than 12,000 people each year
492 families secured safe and affordable housing
211 seniors received Medicare Counseling, saving $261,609 in health care costs
1,577 individuals benefitted from financial coaching, counseling and tax preparation
41 housing units were preserved for low income families and 13 families were able to purchase a home
168 children completed preschool and demonstrated skills for school readiness
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.”
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).