Season of Giving

During the holiday season, HRDC’s donors find so many creative ways to support our work to build a better community.  This is true for individuals as well as business donors.

  • Parents from one local family made a substantial gift to the Warming Center in lieu of giving gifts to their seven adult-aged children this Christmas!  So instead of opening toasters and CDs  they will open a lovingly prepared card announcing a gift made in their name to help 40 homeless people stay out of the cold during this holiday season.
  • One grandmother from California sends a check every year with her Christmas card to the HRDC in loving memory of her grandson.  She always asks us to apply her gift where the need is greatest.
  • MercuryCSC Advertising had a bike-a-thon during the Christmas Stroll.  They raised over $3,000 for the HRDC in one evening!
  • Gifts of merchandise or services are pretty handy, as well!  This week we received a washer and dryer for the Warming Center and a recliner for the family room in the Amos House, one of our transitional homes. And a local laundromat covers the costs of laundering the bedding for the Warming Center for the whole winter season!

Is this community generous – you bet!!! Long story short – We are grateful for contributions of all kinds. To make one today, click here or contact us at if you need information about what we can utilize.
Ho ho ho, Happy Holidays to all!

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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.