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Financial Assistance
& Military Discounts

​2-1-1 First Call for Help ~ United Way & Human Resource Council (HRC): http://www.hrcxi.org/

FREE confidential referral and information helpline and website open 24 hrs/day, 7 days/wk (Call 2-1-1 or 549-5555): Supplemental food and nutrition programs; utilities assistance; emergency information and disaster relief; Veteran services; AND MORE!

​Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP): http://humanresourcecouncil.org/energy-bill-assistance-services

HRC Mineral County: 211 Third Ave West, Superior (406) 822-4251, info@hrcxi.org

HRC Missoula County: 1801 S. Higgins Ave, Missoula (406) 728-3710, info@hrcxi.org

HRC Ravalli County: 303 N. Third, Hamilton (406) 363-6101, info@hrcxi.org

AARP Montana ~ Community Challenge Grants: https://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/community-challenge/

Contacts: Nancy, nandersen@aarp.org; Tracy, tbertram@aarp.org OR Evey, eowen@aarp.org

Questions: AARP Montana (406) 457-4702, sreiter@aarp.org

Able Forces: https://www.ableforces.org/

Able Forces Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, founded by a disabled Veteran with a MISSION to provide immediate financial assistance to military and Veteran families identified in financial crisis.

Questions: (540) 631-9600, skip.rogers@ableforces.org

American Legion ~ Temporary Financial Assistance: https://georgialegion.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/6-TFA-APPLICATION-1.pdf

From the American Legion's "Americanism and Children & Youth Division” for Veterans with children.

Questions: AL Post 27 (406) 543-7391, hellgatepost27@yahoo.com

​American Red Cross of Montana ~ “Service to the Armed Forces” (SAF)

https://www.redcross.org/local/washington-dc/about-us/our-work/service-to-the-armed-forces.html

Emergency Communications, Financial Assistance, Resiliency, Veteran Appeals, etc.

SAF Program Manager: Sara (406) 750-9939, sara.cease@redcross.org

Red Cross is the “Communication Arm of the Military”

Reconnection Workshops: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/military-families/deployment-services/register-reconnection-workshops

“Be Red Cross Ready!” http://serve.mt.gov/american-red-cross-of-montana/

VOLUNTEER - Missoula contact: Gini, (406) 750-9939, virginia.kay@redcross.org  

America the Beautiful Military Pass

FREE annual pass for current US military members and their dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Space Force, as well as Reserve and National Guard members. https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm

Amtrak Passenger Discount for Military Veterans: https://www.amtrak.com/veterans-discount

VA Blog: https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/66963/amtrak-offers-veteran-military-member-discounts/

Questions: (800) 872-7245

Bob Woodruff Foundation ~ Grants: https://bobwoodrufffoundation.org/

The Bob Woodruff Foundation is a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring post-9/11 impacted Veterans, service members, and their families.

Contact: (646) 441-6864, info@bobwoodrufffoundation.org

Bus Routes ~ Mountain Line: https://mountainline.com/

Map: https://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/DocumentCenter/View/58595/Warming-Shelters-Map-2021-Update-1

Questions: (406) 721-3333, info@mountainline.com

CELL PHONES (Free or Reduced): http://lifeline-phones.com/

"People with Medicaid, SSI and other govt. programs can qualify for a free or greatly reduced cost cell phone service!"

CLOTHING ~ Donations & Thrift

Alberton Clothing Company, PO Box 265: albertonclothingcompany@gmail.com

**DONATION PICKUP or MEET ARRANGEMENTS: please DM through Facebook, Instagram, OR call/text 406-880-5013. IF YOU NEED items and/or if you would like me to put together a bag of various items privately, please DM/message. To date, clothing has been distributed from St. Regis to Ronan to Arlee to Missoula; no community is excluded.

Bitterroot

Stevensville Free Store, 3614 ALC Way

406-369-0394 (Gail) Open: 10am-4pm, Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

Missoula

  • Bargain Corner, 200 S California St 406-543-4926 Open: 11am-5pm, Monday-Friday & 10am-4pm, Saturday

  • Hope Thrift Boutique, 702 SW Higgins Ave 406-728-5538 / 406-549-4673 (More info under HOPE Rescue Mission below)

  • ReStyle Clothing Exchange, 1010 North Ave W 406-317-1650 Open: 11am-7pm, Monday-Sunday

  • River of Life Clothes Closet 4007 MT-200, East Missoula 406-214-3803 Open: 24 Hours

  • Salvation Army Missoula, 355 S Russell St 406-549-0710 Open: 9am-3pm, Monday-Thursday

  • Secret Seconds Thrift Store, 1136 W Broadway St 406-549-1610 Open: 12pm-6pm, Monday-Friday

  • TC Resale & Donation Thrift Store, 2036 Mullan Rd 406-728-1171 Open: 10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday

  • Underground Thrift Store, 705 S Higgins Ave 406-543-7154 Open: 10am-3pm, Monday-Saturday

DAV Disaster Relief

Our Disaster Relief Program supports veterans, service members, surviving spouses and their families during times of great need in the aftermath of isolated/large-scale disasters.

https://www.dav.org/veterans/outreach-programs/disaster-relief/

Questions: Fort Harrison, (406) 495-2089

Grants for Veterans ~ Low Income: http://freegrantsforveterans.org/

Assistance for low income veterans with finding free grants. These grants help veterans with rent, housing, education, medical bills, and utility bills. Montana: http://freegrantsforveterans.org/grants-for-veterans-in-montana/

Questions: Carol Wright, carolwrightmails@gmail.com

Hilton Honors™ Military Program: https://www.naswa.org/partnerships/hilton-honors

Provides up to 100,000 hotel points to eligible Transitioning Service Members and Veterans to support needed travel for verifiable employment related activities, such as a job search, training for a new job, or finding housing (process can take 7-10 days for approval so plan accordingly) If you’re a Veteran seeking a short stay while conducting a job search or looking for housing, please contact: Nick Moschetti - State Veteran Coordinator, Montana Department of Labor & Industry (406) 444-1630, nmoschetti@mt.gov

Homeword ~ Financial Fitness Workshops: www.homeword.org

  • Financial Fitness Classes (Introduction to Achievable Savings Goals, Credit Repair, Retirement Strategy, Debt Repayment Plans, and Building YOUR Financial Freedom): http://www.homeword.org/our-services/financial-education/

  • New IDA account has been funded to incentivize Financial Education! There are no income restrictions to qualify and other than doing 3 follow up 1 on 1 coaching sessions with me there are really minimal rules to get the funds! The largest match allowed is $500. REGISTER: https://homeword.org/financial-skills/

  • We are still offering the Matched Savings Program with NeighborWorks Montana. That means the money a participant saves, up to $500, will be matched for a potential of $1,000 in their account! Through this program they also get tools and advice for setting a household budget that includes continued saving, increasing their credit score and reducing their debt. Participants can complete the requirements with either our financial educator or our homebuyer educator. https://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/DocumentCenter/View/63080/091522-HOC-Brochure

Questions: 1535 Liberty Lane, Suite #116A, Missoula (406) 532-4663, info@homeword.org OR Katie@homeword.org

HOPE Rescue Mission (formerly Union Gospel Mission): https://www.hopemontana.org/

549-HOPE Ministry and Administration  2811 Latimer, Suite 223, Missoula (Revive Church) ~ Food & hygiene items, clothing & household goods. Helping People get back on their feet and restoring HOPE and resources in their time of need.

DONATE: https://www.hopemontana.org/contact/

Questions: 549-HOPE (4673), office@ugmofmissoula.org

OR April - Director Of Community Outreach (406) 542-5240, outreach@ugmofmissoula.org

The Independence Fund: https://www.independencefund.org/

To assist Veteran families who may be experiencing financial challenges, the Independence Fund established a new program, Independence@Home, to help homebound Veterans with emergent costs like rent, utilities, childcare, transportation, and grocery and medical product delivery.

VA Blog: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/75056/independence-fund-expands-gift-cards-veterans/

Questions: (888) 851-7996, theverardos@gmail.com

Internet ~ White House: https://www.whitehouse.gov/getinternet/

The cost of high speed internet is fully covered for millions!

VA Blog: https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/103295/fcc-program-offers-affordable-low-cost-internet-access-to-eligible-households/

Questions: Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) www.fcc.gov/ACP or call 877-384-2575

Mancave Barbershop: https://the-mancave-barbershop.hub.biz/

Discount for Veterans! We specialize in men's grooming services including Hot Shaves and all types of men's haircuts and styles. 315 N. Pattee, Missoula

Questions: Paula Bauer (406) 370-0932, Tara Patton (406) 880-5831

OR (406) 542-2283, MSG FB page: https://www.facebook.com/mancavemissoula

Missoula Aging Services ~ Lifelong Connections Program: https://missoulaagingservices.org/get-help/daily-living/lifelong-connections.html

The program provides tablets with internet service and training to older adults so they can connect with online resources, friends, and family.

Questions: (406) 728-7682 OR jschultz@missoulaagingservices.org

​Missoula Economic Partnership ~ Big Sky Trust Fund Grants: http://www.missoulapartnership.com/big-sky-trust-fund-grants/

Story: https://www.missoulacurrent.com/business/2020/01/job-grants-missoula/

APPLY: https://marketmt.com/BSTF

Contacts: http://www.missoulapartnership.com/contact/

Or, Nicole Rush, Business Initiatives Director (406) 541-6461, Cell (406) 594-7874, nrush@missoulapartnership.com

Missoula Food Bank: https://www.missoulafoodbank.org/

Works with local partners to strengthen access to SNAP and other assistance programs through outreach and education. Access to public nutrition programs and provides direct assistance through in-person application clinics and MFBN’s assistance hotline. The Food Bank also has a very simple form to obtain free school clothes for children.

Questions: 1720 Wyoming St., Missoula (406) 549-0543 OR Gayle Carlson - President & CEO, gcarlson@mfbn.org

Missoula Mutual Aid Warehouse

150 S. Catlin St., Missoula

Everything is FREE and they don’t ask any questions except, “what do you need?” Diapers, wipes, formula, baby food; Cat/Dog soft & wet food; Cleaning products such as gallon of Clorox, gallon of vinegar, dish soap, sometimes laundry detergent (supply varies); Paper towels; Toilet paper; Feminine hygiene products; Razors, shaving cream; Thermometers; Can openers

HOURS: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays: 10am-7pm; Wednesdays 10am-1pm; Closed Friday-Sunday

Questions / Coordinate delivery: (406) 219-1843

Missoula Water Utility Bill Assistance Program: https://dphhs.mt.gov/hcsd/energyassistance/ 

Administered through the Department of Public Health and Human Services for assistance with both water and wastewater bills in addition to assistance with energy bills. People who qualify for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will also qualify for the Low Income Home Water /Wastewater Assistance Program (LIHWAP)

Questions: HRC 1801 South Higgins, Missoula (406) 728-3710

Montana Man Shop: http://www.montanamanshops.com/

1124 W. Central Ave., Missoula

Over the last ten years we have been honored to offer thousands of free haircuts to Veterans on Veterans Day! (buzz or scissor cuts to active duty, reservist or Veteran) at all eleven locations (Billings, Great Falls and Missoula / 8 in WA) We also happily provide a Veteran /first responder 20% discount every Wednesday on any service. Please have some form of military ID or DD214 available to show at checkout (we have even accepted some military tattoos in the past.)

Questions: Mike (406) 926-2740, mike@montanamanshops.com

NW Montana Veterans Stand Down & Food Pantry ~ Kalispell: http://veteransfoodpantry.org/ 

Serving those who have served! Dedicated to extending a helping hand up to homeless, low-income, and at-risk veterans and their families (Food boxes, clothing, household furnishings, Veterans Stand Down, benefits assistance, Peer Support, and much more!)

Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Loan Program (1349 Hwy 2 East, Kalispell MT 59901): Accepting ALL donations of medical equipment, wheelchairs, etc. for the DME loan program & offer the equipment to all low income / at-risk Veterans free of charge.

Questions: Cinnamon Davis-Hall - Community Outreach Specialist (406) 250-2394, cdhall03@gmail.com

​​O'Reilly Auto Parts ~ Military Discount: https://www.oreillyauto.com/military-discount

Questions (local): (406) 721-3870 / 721-7830; Corporate: prichards@oreillyauto.com

PENFED Foundation: https://penfedfoundation.org/apply-for-assistance/emergency-financial-assistance/

Emergency Financial Assistance: The Military Heroes Fund emergency financial assistance program offers financial assistance for wounded, ill, and injured post 9-11 veterans who are experiencing an unexpected short term (1- 2 months) financial setback.

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, Office of

Help Line (M - F 8:30AM – 4:30PM online apply.mt.gov): 1-888-706-1535

https://dphhs.mt.gov/hcsd/OfficeofPublicAssistance.aspx

Montana DPHHS, OFFICE OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE (OPA), 2677 Palmer, Suite 100, Missoula, hhshcsopamissoula@mt.gov

HAMILTON, 310 N 3rd St, Hamilton, hhshcsoparavalli@mt.gov
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps); Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF); Health Coverage (Medicaid; Medicaid Expansion Programs; Health Coverage for the Aged, Blind, or Disabled, & Medicare Premium Assistance); Emergency Assistance to Families with Children; Referrals

Questions: Kara Thomas, Field Operation Manager, Missoula Field Office of Public Assistance, Public Assistance Bureau/HCSD/DPHHS, (406) 329-1233, kathomas@mt.gov

Double SNAP Dollars

http://www.doubledollarsmt.com/locations

Shop with SNAP/EBT and get bonus fruits & vegetables – swipe your EBT card to buy SNAP eligible foods.

Missoula: Farmers Market, N. Higgins Ave. by the XXX’s ($20 match per market) Saturdays May – October, 8am – 12:30pm and Tuesdays June – September, 5:30 – 7pm

Clark Fork Market: Under the Higgins Bridge ($20 match per market) Saturdays May – October, 8am – 1pm

Questions: (406) 926-1004, cfacinfo@missoulacfac.org

Retired Military & Annuitants: www.dfas.mil/retiredmilitary

Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). Request a 1099-R, report the death of a retiree, manage your retirement, and more!

River of Life Church: https://rolmt.com/

4007 Montana 200 – East Missoula

River of Life was planted in East Missoula in April 2008 by Jason & Shannon Tonn, and (per VSN Leadership in ), “able to deliver furniture items to families who have recently came out of homelessness.”

Questions: (844) 447-6568 or (406) 214-3803, office@rolmt.com

Rural Dynamics, Inc. (RDI) ~ “ENRICH” Financial Wellness: https://ruraldynamics.enrich.org/

Unlimited access to personalized financial education and support. Ask us if you qualify to receive financial services for FREE! A certified financial coach is available to help you create a personalized plan to manage your finances, credit, paycheck planning, student loans, debt, and/or answer questions.

Popular Tools: https://ruraldynamics.enrich.org/topics

Questions: (406) 454-5708, finlit@ruraldynamics.org

Salvation Army: http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/  

355 S. Russell St., Missoula, 9am – 3pm

Social Services: Showers, laundry, food boxes, rental assistance, utility assistance, gas / bus vouchers, hygiene kits, school backpacks / clothes, Christmas toys / food, computer use (9-12, M-TH for JOBS and HOUSING only).

Church Services: Sunday School (9:30am), Sunday Worship (10:45am), Men’s Fellowship (Sun at 5:30pm)

Family Night Programs – Wednesdays 5:30pm (Kids’ Character Building Programs, Adult Bible Study)

Questions: Salvation Army (406) 549-0710

OR: Ryan Boyd – Captain, Corps Officer (406) 215-1781, Ryan.Boyd@usw.salvationarmy.org

Semper Fi Fund: https://semperfifund.org/get-assistance/

In the hour of need, our heroes deserve the very best care and support. We are committed to being there at the time of injury or illness and, if necessary, for a lifetime. Please reach out today.

Questions: 760-725-3680

The Shades of Green on Walt Disney Resort ~ Military Discount: https://www.shadesofgreen.org/

An AFRC in FL “designed to provide R&R for our nation's brave service members and their families.”

Questions: (407) 824-3400, feed.back@shadesofgreen.org

Social Security ~ Survivor Benefit: https://www.thebalance.com/who-is-eligible-for-a-social-security-death-benefit-2388916

Questions: Missoula Aging Services (406) 728-7682

TANF Emergency Assistance: https://dphhs.mt.gov/hcsd/TANF

EA can be used for temporary lodging, personal care items (diapers, formula, etc.), food, and clothing or other items/services that will help a family overcome the emergency and does not have income limits. Families do not have to be eligible for, or in receipt of TANF Cash to be eligible for EA. EA can be provided to families with children under the age of 21 years who are residing with the caretaker relative, and pregnant women in their 3rd trimester. Questions: TANF@mt.gov

Tax Resources

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-resources-for-military-members-veterans-and-their-families

United Way of Missoula County: https://www.missoulaunitedway.org/

412 W. Alder St., Missoula

Education, health, income, and “Reaching Home”

Questions: (406) 549-6104, info@missoulaunitedway.org

Or, Theresa Williams, LCSW, Reaching Home Coordinator, United Way of Missoula County, (406) 552-6398, theresa@missoulaunitedway.org

NW Montana: 1203 US Highway 2 W Ste 31, Kalispell, (406) 752-8181, info@unitedwaycares.org

Roxanna Parker, Executive Director, United Way of Kalispell, (406) 752-7266

USA Cares: ​​usacares.org

USA Cares provides financial and advocacy assistance to post-9/11 active duty US military service personnel, veterans and their families.

Questions: 1-800-773-0387, info@usacares.org

USAA: https://www.usaa.com/

Insurance, Banking, Investments, Advice for Veterans & service members!

​U.S Small Business Administration ~  Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program

As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov

Contact: Brent E. Donnelly, District Director – Montana, U.S. Small Business Administration, Desk: 406-441-1083, Mobile: 406-439-7613, . Brent.Donnelly@sba.gov

VA Nutrition & Food Services: https://www.nutrition.va.gov/

Develops and provides comprehensive evidenced based nutritional services for our Veterans and their families across VHA’s health care facilities. NFS delivers safe and high quality patient food services.

More info / VA BLOG: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/76951/working-together-ensure-veteran-food-security/

Veterans, Inc.: https://www.veteransinc.org/

Financial assistance for certifications, work clothing, tools etc.

Questions: Jennifer Thomas, Universal Services Advocate-Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP), Veterans Inc., (406) 591-7519, Cell (406) 591-7519, jenniferthomas@veteransinc.org

OR Missoula: Alec Natz - Universal Service Advocate, Call of Duty Endowment (CODE) Grant, alecnatz@veteransinc.org

Veteran Stand Downs – Nationwide

www.va.gov/homeless/events.asp

Veterans Support Foundation: http://vsf-usa.org/apply

Provides funding in the form of grants supporting veteran related projects (funding solely for scientific, charitable, and educational purposes).

Questions: 800-882-1316 ext 126, info@vsf-usa.org