Emergency Shelter

We provide holistic hospitality...

everything a family experiencing homelessness 

needs to get back on their feet.

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Family Promise of Missoula is spearheading an innovative collaborative shelter model with the YWCA Missoula at the Missoula Family Housing Center, a program of the YWCA Meadowlark.   The Center serves families of  all compositions, often providing their only shelter option in our area.  Families have access to

  • Ongoing case management to connect families to community resources.

  • Mentorship for families from Family Promise volunteers and MIC’s Housing Advocate Network.

  • Rent assistance funds to help families quickly move into new housing—and thrive there.

  • A medical clinic space providing basic health care services.

  • Programming for children and classes for adults.

  • Support groups and counseling for domestic violence victims.

  • 24-hour staffing and security to ensure resident safety.

HOW IT WORKS

The resources are already here. Through the help of the Missoula community, Family Promise of Missoula in collaboration with the YWCA Missoula has built the Family Housing Center on Third Street to serve families experiencing homelessness.  With room for up to 31 families —plus large shared kitchens, children’s play and study areas, health care and wellness rooms and more—the new facility will offer residents more than a place to sleep at night. It will be a place to start rebuilding their lives, day by day. A place of community, privacy and empowerment. A refuge to heal, reconnect and grow.  

Volunteers are the core of the program. They share food, spend the night, play with children and lend their passion and expertise to help families get back on their feet. They prove that motivated people can solve family homelessness. And, in the process, they truly create “home” – and a community – for families who have no place left to turn.

A COMMUNITY RESPONSE

In every community, these core elements exist. By bringing the community together on the issue of family homelessness, Family Promise addresses a major social problem in a holistic, effective way. Once the community becomes engaged, people understand the root causes of family homelessness and take steps to address them. Family Promise of Missoula has created an array of community connections on behalf of families —landlord relationships, non-profit coordination, childcare resources and much more—that target the issues of poverty and homelessness right here in Missoula

A LONG-TERM SOLUTION

Not only does our 88% success rate mean many more families stably housed, it is also a tremendous cost saving to the community as diversion from far more expensive interventions. Our approach of keeping families together, identifying their strengths, and partnering with the community for solutions means that families are at much lower risk of returning to homelessness.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Family Promise changes lives. We served  seventeen families last year, giving them the ability to realize their true potential. We also change the lives of our 700 volunteers, giving them a meaningful outreach right in their own community. With our new collaborative model, we look forward to changing even more lives!