Manhattan Community Profiles

In your community

Manhattan
HRDC exists to instill hope, develop resources, design solutions, and change lives.

We aim to be a place where poverty has no impact because opportunities and quality of life are equally afforded to everyone. We are active in communities throughout Southwest Montana. Below is a snapshot of our impact in your community throughout the last year. This is made possible by local community partnerships and services designed to meet unique community needs.

HRDC

333

Lives positively impacted
by HRDC

12

Unique servces provided from our family of programs

Food Security

101

Individuals received emergency food assistance

20

Households screened for supplemental food benefits

Homeownership

10

Individuals completed homebuyer education

6

Individuals received housing search assistance and advocacy

Housing

7

Families were able to obtain
and/or maintain housing

shelter

291

Individuals provided a warm, safe place to sleep in the winter months at the Warming Center

180

Individuals utilized the day center to access computers, snacks, and housing resources

ENERGY

7

Households received emergency heat assistance to prevent shut off

23

Families received help with their winter heating bills ($610 average benefit)

Vita

2

Families received free tax preparation, generating returns of $3,360

Seniors

10

Seniors received free monthly supplemental groceries

4

Seniors received free in home health, personal and respite care

Children

8

Children became ready to enter kindergarten through HRDC preschool

461

Free, healthy breakfast and lunch meals served for Summer Lunch

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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.