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Financial Assistance, Grants, Military Discounts & Transportation Resources

2-1-1 First Call for Help ~ United Way & Human Resource Council (HRC):

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):

HRC Mineral County: 211 Third Ave West, Superior (406) 822-4251,

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

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

AARP Montana:

AARP and our members share stories, important updates and resources for our military members, Veterans and their families:

Questions: Nancy Andersen - Outreach Director & Volunteer Program Manager, AARP Montana, 30 W. 14th St. Ste 301, Helena (406) 457-4703, C (702) 595-9811,

Able Forces:

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,

Ace Roofing | Commercial & Residential Roofing:

We give a discount to military Vets & work with our manufactures for qualified veterans to get discounts on materials (a FREE roof in some cases). One of our manuf, Roof Deployment gifts roofs to combat Veterans. Questions: Jeff Garrard - USMC Vet +1 406-578-2107,

Affordable Connectivity Programs

American Legion ~ Temporary Financial Assistance:; From the American Legion's "Americanism and Children & Youth Division” for Veterans with children. Questions: AL Post 27 (406) 543-7391,

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

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

SAF Program Manager: Sara (406) 750-9939,

Red Cross is the “Communication Arm of the Military” Reconnection Workshops:

“Be Red Cross Ready!”:

VOLUNTEER - Missoula contact: Gini, (406) 750-9939,  

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.

Amtrak Passenger Discount for Military Veterans:

VA Blog:

Questions: (800) 872-7245

Bob Woodruff Foundation ~ Grants:

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,

BUS Routes ~ Mountain Line (FREE):


Questions: (406) 721-3333,

CLOTHING ~ Donations & Thrift

Alberton Clothing Company, PO Box 265:

**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.


Stevensville Free Store, 3614 ALC Way

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


  • 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 (See 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. Questions: Fort Harrison, (406) 495-2089

Driving Hope:

Operating in Western Montana, the non-profit aims to give hope and empowerment to those they serve and are intentional about finding deserving candidates who are ready to take on the financial responsibilities of car ownership.

2023 NBC Montana Story:


Grants for Veterans ~ Low Income:

Assistance for low income veterans with finding free grants. These grants help veterans with rent, housing, education, medical bills, and utility bills. Montana:

Questions: Carol Wright,

Hilton Honors™ Military Program:

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,

Homeword ~ Financial Fitness Workshops:

  • Financial Fitness Classes (Achievable Savings Goals, Credit Repair, Retirement Strategy, Debt Repayment Plans, and Building YOUR Financial Freedom):

  • 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:

  • 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.

Questions: 1535 Liberty Lane, Suite #116A, Missoula (406) 532-4663, OR


Our mission is to treat all Veterans with the honor, dignity and respect. If you are in need of urgent financial assistance and you meet our minimum criteria, you may be eligible for one-time assistance from our organization.

HOPE Rescue Mission (formerly Union Gospel Mission):

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:; Questions: 549-HOPE (4673),; Jo Winter, Drop-in Center Manager, OR April - Outreach (406) 542-5240,

Hope for the Warriors:

Critical Care Coordination: Resource & Case Management Services; Warrior’s Compass: Career Transition programming; Spouse/Caregiver Scholarships: Awarded two times per year; Outdoor Adventures: Outdoor sports opportunities; Team Hope For The Warriors; Warrior’s Wish®: Wish application information. Service members, Veterans, and family members may apply for our programs and services (create your own account, upload military and medical documents, as well as confidentially communicate with staff) 1-877-246-7349,

The Independence Fund:

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:

Questions: (888) 851-7996,

Infinite Hero Foundation:

Awarded more than $5.1 million dollars in funding and support to 44 different military service organizations offering innovative and effective programs or treatments for service-related mental and physical injuries. +1 949-397-4096,

Internet ~ White House:

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

Questions: Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) or call 877-384-2575

Mancave Barbershop:

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:

Meals on Wheels:

Allows seniors who are unable to leave their homes to shop, or have difficulty preparing a meal, to have healthy meals delivered to their homes. Missoula Senior Center (406) 543-7154,

OR Missoula Aging Services (406) 728-7682,

Military Heroes Fund:

Vet qualifies per DD214 and 10% SC or claim submission (Honorable dx). Helps with finances and emergency grants for financial assistance for mortgage/rent, utilities, auto loans and auto insurance. “We offer financial assistance in the form of a grant towards a past due bill that is at least 30 days and no more than 90 days past due.” 800-558-9224

Mineral County Pioneer Council

“As a Representative here in the State of Montana, I was elected on the promise that I would represent the needs and interests of the rural residents of Missoula County.  Currently, I am working on several bills that intend to do just that. The first bill I am honored to sponsor involves revising the eligibility for disabled veteran property tax assistance programs.  Essentially this bill will amend the law to exclude income from sources such as retirement benefits, or social security benefits, in unusual circumstances. The bill outlines unusual circumstances of income such as medical and funeral expenses for the veteran and their immediate family, major home and vehicle repairs, as well as education or career training. I firmly believe that by removing income in those unusual circumstances from adjusted gross income calculations for the eligibility of disabled veteran property tax assistance programs, we can show our support for the men and woman who sacrificed for our country, while making sure our veterans and their families can stay in their homes. In addition, I will be sponsoring a bill to ensure the senior and disabled communities continue to have life essential rides from their local transit providers. Due to supply chain issues in the bus industry, buses that were ordered 3 years ago at $90,000 are now costing $120,000. Many of these small rural systems can’t raise the additional funds to accept delivery of the bus. This simple change will provide your local Senior Center, Council on Aging, Tribal Transit or urban paratransit service with that additional local match. I continue to look for ways to serve the people of HD 97 and greatly appreciate all of you who have contacted me with your insight.” 

Questions: Lyn Hellegaard - President,

OR Monte Turner – VP, WMMOA & Hagadone Media. The VSN’s Mineral County Liaison (406) 370-4335,

Missoula Aging Services ~ Lifelong Connections Program:

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

​Missoula Economic Partnership ~ Big Sky Trust Fund Grants:; OR APPLY:

Contacts:; OR Nicole Rush, Business Initiatives Director (406) 541-6461, Cell (406) 594-7874,

Missoula Food Bank:

Works with local partners to strengthen access to SNAP and other assistance programs.

  • 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,

  • MONTANA FOOD BANK NETWORK INC.: 5625 Expressway, Missoula +1 406-721-3825,

Missoula Mutual Aid Warehouse

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: 150 S. Catlin St., Missoula Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays: 10am-7pm; Wednesdays 10am-1pm; Closed Friday-Sunday. Questions / Coordinate delivery: (406) 219-1843

Missoula Water Utility Bill Assistance Program: 

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

Modern Storage Solutions ~ Lolo / Florence:

At Modern Storage Solutions, we deeply appreciate the sacrifices made by our military personnel to protect our freedom. As a token of our gratitude, we are thrilled to offer an exclusive 10% military discount on all our storage services. Honoring Those Who Serve!

  • Whether you're in the midst of a deployment, transitioning to a new base, or simply need extra space for your belongings, we're here to support you every step of the way. Our state-of-the-art facilities provide secure and convenient storage solutions for all your needs.

  • To claim this special offer, simply present your military ID when you visit our facility or mention your military affiliation when booking over the phone or online. Modern Storage Solutions is a locally owned and operated self-storage unit, built by locals using materials made in the USA.

  • We are committed to offering the most competitive pricing with the highest quality of service. We offer indoor storage, ranging in size from 10ftX10ft to 10ftX45ft and exclusively pull-through parking ranging in size from 13ftX15ft-13ftX45ft.

  • As well as your 10% Military Discount, every booking comes with a free month.

Thank you for your service, and we look forward to serving you! MSS - 5888 Rowan Rd., Florence 406-544-4541,

Montana Dept of Commerce - Executive Summary of Financial Programs:; Questions: Cameron,

Montana Man Shop:

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,

Northern Transit Interlocal (NTI):

NO COST* Public Bus Transportation to & from Great Falls, Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls, West & East Glacier, Browning, Conrad, Cut Bank, Sunburst, Sweet Grass/Coutts Border, Valier, & Shelby! David, "Veterans, disabled or not deserve the best transportation...we are 100% invested." (406) 470-0727,

NW Montana Veterans Stand Down & Food Pantry ~ Kalispell: 

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,


Help Line (M - F 8:30AM – 4:30PM online 1-888-706-1535

Montana DPHHS, OFFICE OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE (OPA), 2677 Palmer, Suite 100, Missoula,

HAMILTON, 310 N 3rd St, Hamilton,
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,

Double SNAP Dollars:

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,

Operation HomeFront:

"Critical Financial Assistance" - Short-term financial help (overdue bills, repairs, etc.) for military families who are experiencing financial hardship: Review our eligibility criteria 1-877-264-3968 (toll-free).

Operation Second Chance:

70% SC or above? Get help with rent/mortgage, utility bills (electric, gas, water, sewer), childcare during illness or surgery. FAX app to 1-888-672-4838 OR contact Vanessa Toner - Administrative Assistant 301-972-1080 / 888-672-4838,

​​O'Reilly Auto Parts ~ Military Discount:

Questions (local): (406) 721-3870 / 721-7830; Corporate:

PENFED Foundation:

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.

Retired Military & Annuitants:

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:

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: 4007 Montana 200 – East Missoula (844) 447-6568 or (406) 214-3803,

Rural Dynamics, Inc. (RDI) ~ “ENRICH” Financial Wellness:

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:

Questions: (406) 454-5708,

Salvation Army:  

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, 355 S. Russell St., Missoula, 9am – 3pm (406) 549-0710

OR: Ryan Boyd – Captain, Corps Officer (406) 215-1781,

Semper Fi Fund:

In the hour of need, SFF is dedicated to providing immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities. Our heroes deserve the very best care and support. 760-725-3680

The Shades of Green on Walt Disney Resort ~ Military Discount:

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

Questions: (407) 824-3400,

SNAP Employment & Training (MT DPHHS):

Current Counties being served are: Missoula, Silver Bow, Deer Lodge, Gallatin, Flathead, Big Horn, Lincoln, Yellowstone and Lewis & Clark:

  • Job Service Missoula, serves Missoula County residents | 539 S. 3rd Street West | 406-218-7478

  • Career Futures, Inc., serves Silver Bow, Deer Lodge counties | 55 West Granite, Butte, MT | 406-723-9101

  • Career Transitions, serves Gallatin County | 189 Arden Drive, Belgrade, MT | 406-388-6701

  • Community Action Partnership (CAP), serves Flathead County | 214 Main Street, Kalispell, MT | 406-752-6565

  • Community Action Partnership (CAP), serves Lincoln County | 933 Farm to Market #B, Libby, MT | 406-293-2712

  • Human Resource Council District VII (HRDC 7), serves Big Horn and Yellowstone Counties | 7 North 31st Street, Billings, MT | 406-247-4732

  • Career Training Institute (CTI), serves Lewis & Clark Counties | 347 North Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT | 406-443-0800

Social Security ~ Survivor Benefit:; Questions: Missoula Aging Services (406) 728-7682

SW Montana Veterans Food Pantry & Services ~ Deer Lodge:

Veteran Operated open M-F 10-5. Questions: Jay Wood (406) 846-4777,

TANF Emergency Assistance:

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:

Tax Resources:

United Way of Missoula County:

Education, health, income, and “Reaching Home” Questions: 412 W. Alder St., Missoula (406) 549-6104,

Or, Theresa Williams, LCSW, Reaching Home Coordinator, United Way of Missoula County, (406) 552-6398,

NW Montana: 1203 US Highway 2 W Ste 31, Kalispell, (406) 752-8181,

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

USA Cares:

USA Cares provides financial and advocacy assistance to post-9/11 active duty US military service personnel, Veterans (20%SCD) and their families.

Questions: 1-800-773-0387,


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

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

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

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

VA Nutrition & Food Services:

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:

Veterans Canteen Service:

Mega Deals with brands like Oakley, Ray-Ban, Danner Boots, Garmin and more!

Veterans, Inc. ~ STATEWIDE:

Call of Duty Endowment (CODE) grant. Helping Veterans who are unemployed or under-employed obtain work clothing, tools, financial assistance for certifications and MORE! Chris Grudzinski - Director MT/ND,

Veteran Stand Downs – Nationwide:

Veterans Support Foundation:

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,

VFW Financial Grants:

Unmet Needs is there to help America's military families who have run into unexpected financial difficulties as a result of deployment or other military-related activity or injury (Grant up to $1500.00) +1 816-756-3390 / 1-866-789-6333,

LOCAL: Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St.:; (406) 728-7749,; Facebook:

Financial & Military Discounts: Welcome
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