Our Impact

We believe we can build

a better community.

As a Community Action Agency, every three years we are required to create a new strategic plan addressing the most pressing needs in Southwest Montana. Our current 2021 Strategic Plan initiatives were developed based on direct community feedback through community surveys, conversations, and roundtable sessions. We believe in order to best serve our community and address the ever-changing needs, we must directly gather our data from our community members experiencing challenges and watching the changes happen. Check back to this page in 2023 when we begin our next strategic planning process to provide your input and share how we can best develop and support your community.


57,238 meals were provided to community members, ranging from kids and families to older adults


1,969 seniors received services to remain independent and safe in their community


39,762 food boxes were provided to individuals and families with a weeks worth of food supply


1,391 people received help with their energy bills


153,920 rides were provided by our fare-free and paratransit services


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


611 folks completed Homebuyer Education


371 older adults received Medicare Counseling, saving $188,843  in health care costs


654 individuals benefitted from our financial services


100 housing units were preserved, and 58 homes were constructed, all for people who live and work here


168 children completed preschool and demonstrated skills for school readiness


240 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.


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. We are hard at work implementing our 2021 Strategic Plan, which will cover broad-based solutions and specific targets for each community within our service area based on the highest needs in those communities  If you have any questions or if you would like to provide feedback on HRDC’s Strategic Plan, please contact Krista Dicomitis, Strategic Planning Officer by email at kdicomitis@thehrdc.org. Thank you for your support!

HRDC is the vehicle and tool for social change.

HRDC staffmember shared at an all staff meeting

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).

In addition, our 2021 Strategic Plan details where our organizational focus will be set for the following three years. This plan contains specific goals for each community while also addressing the top five needs across our service area more broadly. While our strategic plans are meant to serve as a roadmap towards action, we know Montana is ever changing. Our agency remains dedicated to proactivity, flexibility and creativity to address challenges as they surface. As we look towards our future goals and hopes for our communities, we thank you for your continued support.

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.