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Child, Family & Caregivers


AARP: https://www.aarp.org/

Community connections, entrepreneur resources, financial assistance / tax aide, caregiver resources, SS resource center, and much more!

10/7/20 VA Blog, "AARP offers free caregiving resources for Veterans & families" https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/79623/aarp-offers-free-caregiving-resources-veterans-families/

2/23/21 AARP Montana, "Respite Relief Program Goes Nationwide to Provide Free Benefits for Veteran Caregivers" https://www.aarp.org/home-family/voices/veterans/info-2021/respite-relief-military-caregivers.html

AARP Questions: Steve Carter, Office of Community Engagement, (773) 401-4028, SCarter@aarp.org
*** Helping Montanans over 50 live their best lives: https://states.aarp.org/montana/

Jim Higgins (406) 291-0356, higginsjw.1@gmail.com

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

When a person dies by suicide, the loved ones left behind are often referred to as Survivors of Suicide Loss. AFSP provides healing and support to survivors of suicide loss by providing a connection with other survivors, understanding of the unique nature of their loss, and most importantly, healing through hope. Any time a loved one dies, the grieving process is difficult. Suicide loss survivors often face additional unique challenges such as  guilt, anger, stigma and PTSD that serve to add additional layers to the grieving process. Suicide loss survivors are in our workplace, social networks, neighborhoods and families. To help, we can learn what to say and not to say to survivors and what to do to support them while they grieve. We can become better educated about mental health and suicide to help reduce the stigma associated with suicide and suicide loss. It is a lifelong journey. If you are a Suicide Loss Survivor in search of healing, AFSP Montana is here:

And finally, remember depression is treatable and suicide is preventable.  If you are in crisis and want help, call the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or text “MT” to 741 741.

Questions: Nancy Yates (406) 855-5267, nyates633@gmail.com

American Legion

American Red Cross ~ Military & Caregiver Network (MVCN): https://milvetcaregivernetwork.org/

The Red Cross MVCN assists caregivers of all ages, at all stages of caregiving. The network provides access to three peer support programs, a caregiver-categorized resource library and a master calendar of caregiver events: https://milvetcaregivernetwork.org/events

Questions: info.mvcn@redcross.org 

Or, Gini Kay, Recruitment Specialist, Volunteer Services, (406) 493-8778, virginia.kay@redcross.org

ASPIRE – Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education & Employment: http://aspirewest.org/

14-16 year olds who receive SSI 

BASE Missoula ~ Youth Services, All Abilities Community Center: http://www.summitilc.org/services/base/

Providing FREE programing such as Improv, Adaptive Yoga, Gaming, Art and Dance! BASE is collaboration between Summit IL, other non-profits and various artists in our community. This space is meant to be a safe place to explore and display the arts as well as learn advocacy. BASE is open to everyone in our community of all ages, interests and abilities. This is your space.

Questions: (406) 721-7275 OR BASE Missoula (406) 215-1080, basemissoula@gmail.com

Benefits for Survivors ~ Montana Veteran Affairs Division (MVAD): https://dma.mt.gov/mvad/

Veterans Benefits Office, 1911 Tower, Missoula – Fully training / accredited / certified – CALL (406) 542-2501 FOR APPOINTMENT (Disability pensions, education, burial / survivor benefits, employment, vehicle registration, waiver property tax waiver, home & business loans).

Questions: MVAD (406) 542-2501

Cemetery (DD214 and death certificate required): (406) 721-2995

Be Safe, Love Mom: A Military Mom's Stories of Courage, Comfort, and Surviving Life: https://besafelovemom.com/

Elaine started a podcast for military moms: https://linktr.ee/elainebrye

Questions: Elaine Lowry Brye, Author (406) 210-5483, elaine@besafelovemom.com

Camp IVY (Inspiring Veteran Youth): https://www.montanajcf.org/

This is the only camp for children of Veterans in Montana!

Questions: Leadership@montanajcf.org

Caring.com ~ Veterans Assisted Living Assessment & Benefits: https://www.caring.com/senior-living/assisted-living-benefits-for-veterans/

Veterans returning from active duty face a unique set of challenges – especially if they have been injured. Following years of service and the resulting wear and tear on the body and mind, it is not uncommon for veterans to require assistance with activities of daily living. Fortunately for veterans and their caregivers, there are assisted living options that can help make the long-term care process smoother for all involved.

Questions: Annie Smith, Community Outreach and Senior Advocate (800) 277-2515, annie@caring.com

CaringBridge: https://military.caringbridge.org/a/

Through a partnership between VA and CaringBridge, Veterans and their caregivers can use free CaringBridge social sites as a place of help, hope and healing. CaringBridge is a nonprofit social network dedicated to helping family and friends communicate with and support loved ones during a health journey with a free, personal and protected website.

VA BLOG: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/71167/veterans-caregivers-turn-free-caringbridge-support/

Questions: (651) 789-2300 or submit email at https://caringbridgehelp.custhelp.com/app/ask

Caregiver Support in the Workplace ~ Employer Guide: https://hiddenheroes.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Military-Caregiving-Employer-Toolkit.pdf Support your caregiver team members! AARP 877-333-5885

Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative: https://www.va.gov/CFBNPARTNERSHIPS/

Our mission is to engage, educate and inform faith-based, community, and non-profit organizations about the VA tools and resources that will equip them to better serve the Veterans, their families, survivors, caregivers, and other beneficiaries within their organizations

Questions: Conrad Washington, Deputy Director VA, Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative (CFOI), (202) 461-7689, VAPartnerships@va.gov

Cheerful Quilts ~ Clinton: https://www.facebook.com/Cheerful-Quilts-112440155485447

Maria donates a quilt for the Heroes at Home silent auction every year – in 2021 she donated “Sugar and Spice” which was featured in the Spring 2020 issue of Quilter’s World!

Maria also shared her husband’s story, “Four years ago after my husband died, and I found all his letters from Viet Nam and transcribed them onto my computer. I donated a digital copy to the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.” Emily McMath (HMFM Intern) made a power point presentation about Viet Nam and Charlie's experience in 1965-66: https://www.vietnamwarriordoctor.com/

Questions: Maria Tavy Umhey (406) 531-0351, cheerfulquilts@hotmail.com

Child & Family Services 866-820-5437

ChildCare Resources (CCR): https://www.childcareresources.org/

500 N. Higgins Ave., Suite 202, Missoula ~ Our referral specialists are here to help you find high-quality care that meets your needs, and our eligibility specialists can help you apply for a scholarship. Our professional development specialists can help you navigate the licensing process, locate training for you or your staff, and answer your questions about quality improvement and incentives in Montana.

  • Grants for Licensed & Registered Child Care Programs: https://dphhs.mt.gov/ARPA/Childcare/ChildCareStabilizationGrant

  • ARPA child care funding: childcare.mt.gov; Contact (406) 728-6446, toll free (800) 728-6446, ccr@childcareresources.org

  • Childcare Access (4/2022) - Team working on a project where businesses and providers will collaborate to provide childcare to employees (Seeking providers who are trying to get daycare out of their home or want to expand). 0-5 is heading up the project. Contact Rachel Fah - Pathways Program Client Advocate/ WEX Coordinator (Montana DLI WSD) (406) 218-7486, Rachel.Fah@mt.gov

Coaching  Into Care: https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Suicide-Awareness-Month

If you’re a family member or friend of a Veteran who’s having trouble adjusting to life at home, the VA offers Coaching into Care, a national telephone service of the VA which aims to educate, support, and empower family members and friends who are seeking care or services for a veteran. Contact: (888) 823-7458 (M-F 8am – 6pm)

Dream Bigger ~ Families First Learning Lab: https://www.familiesfirstmt.org/

Professional mentor-ship and hands-on training through skill-building and experience in the workforce. Dream Bigger offers financial workshops, career coaching, and goal setting for under-served teens’ career success in our area.

Questions: Ben Kujawa, 455 E. Main St., Missoula (406) 721-7690, info@familiesfirstmt.org  

Elks, Missoula “Hell Gate” Lodge 383 ~ Annual HOOP SHOOT: https://www.elks.org/hoopshoot/

Winners of Missoula’s contest will have travel costs provided by our local Lodge! Youth program open to kids 8-13. Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, meet the needs of Veterans, and improve quality of life.

Join the Elks: https://www.elks.org/who/ Questions: (406) 549-0542, hellgateelks@gmail.com  

Family Assistance Center (FAC) ~ Montana National Guard Family Programs (Open to all branches of service): montanaguardfamily.org

24 HR (877) 706-7598 ~ DEERS (800) 538-9552

Military and Family Readiness Coordinator: Missoula Family Assistance Center (FAC) at Missoula Armory, 9383 Running W. Rd. (406) 324-5121

Questions: Kristen Monroy - Soldier and Family Readiness Specialist, Montana Army National Guard (406) 439-8580, kristen.l.monroy.civ@army.mil

*** Kalispell GUARD & RESERVE CENTER / FAC Highway 93 N., Kalispell: Melissa Coppock – Soldier and Family Readiness Specialist (406) 755-3457, melissa.l.coppock.civ@army.mi

Gold Star Family Registry: http://www.goldstarfamilyregistry.com/

The National Gold Star Family Registry is the first comprehensive database of the United States’ Heroes who have been Killed In Action and their families ever developed. The Registry not only affords family members the opportunity to publicly remember their loved one, but serves as a historical log of our Nation’s true Heroes. By providing educational resources and personal accounts, the Registry ensures that future generations may know who these brave Americans were—not only how they died, but, more importantly, how they lived.

Questions: (248) 669-3312, info@militaryfamiliesunited.org


Gold Star Mothers, Inc., American (AGSM): https://www.goldstarmoms.com/

An American Gold Star Mother is a Gold Star Mother who has lost a son or daughter while serving in the military and has joined the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc organization (AGSM).

Questions: agsmnso@gmail.com

Home Care Resources for Senior Veterans: https://www.payingforseniorcare.com/veterans

Helping Veterans Pay for Assisted Living, Home Care and Long Term Care

Questions: Olivia Clark, Senior Care Advocate, olivia@payingforseniorcare.com

Hood’s Western Adventures ~ Alberton: https://hoodswesternadventures.com/

Horseback riding and kid’s horse camps. Discount for Veteran & military families! ($60/kid instead of $80). Born and raised in Montana, Owen Hood is from Huson, and Kailey is from Sun River. The horse camp includes everything you need to know about horses (kids 6+): grooming, anatomy, saddling, smores by the fire, sledding, and crafts! 885 Juniper Ln in Alberton

Questions: Owen & Kailey Hood (406) 799-3173, cwgrlup_48919@yahoo.com

If I Were Deployed: https://www.amazon.com/Nicole-Burch/e/B07ZBJGSS1

Author, Nicole is the wife of a disabled Veteran, the mother of 6 children, and a Montanan. She can be found on Instagram @lifeinthetreehouse and on Facebook @NicoleBurch

Imagination Station: https://imaginationstationtoys.com/

227 N. Higgins Ave., Missoula ~ 10% Discount for Veterans! TOYS, GAMES, AND PUZZLES FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES ~ Classic toys, arts & crafts, puzzles, dolls, science, trains, plush, and much more!

Questions: 406-926-3325, missoulaorders@gmail.com

The Independence Fund (TIF) ~ Nationwide: https://www.independencefund.org/

Sarah Verardo, CEO of TIF, is a national advocate for wounded Veterans and their caregivers. Her husband Michael was catastrophically wounded in Afghanistan in 2010, in two separate IED attacks that took his left leg, much of his left arm, and left him with polytraumatic conditions that have required more than one hundred surgeries and years of speech, visual, physical and occupational therapies. The Independence Fund provides all-terrain track wheelchairs to Veterans and has provided over 2,400 chairs to date. Sarah created the nonprofit’s Caregiver, Family, Adaptive Sports, and Advocacy programs. Questions: (888) 851-7996

Interactive for Kids: https://bensguide.gpo.gov/

Designed for teaching children (ages 4-14+) about the U.S. Government. Games & Activities!

The LifeGuard Group: https://thelifeguardgroup.org/

Group of professionals and community members taking an aggressive approach to fighting human trafficking, including missing person searches, awareness, connection to services, and more. RESPOND-RESCUE-RESTORE-REVIVE!

Questions: Lowell Hochhalter, 111 N. Higgins Ave. #430, Missoula (406) 396-5053, admin@thelifeguardgroup.org

Marriage Counseling ~ Free for Military: https://www.military.com/spouse/relationships/military-marriage/strengthen-your-family-with-marital-counseling.html

Questions – Military OneSource, 800-342-9647 OR Defense Center of Excellence (DcoE), 866-966-1020

Military Caregiver Guide ~ AARP: https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/caregiving/2019/05/military-caregiving-guide-aarp.pdf

AARP, Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Hiring our Heroes, VA, and others teamed up to produce two guides for Military and Veteran Caregivers. 

The Military Caregiving Guide gives tips and details to help with the tools and resources needed to make this labor of love a little less burdensome. Questions: AARP, 877-333-5885

Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC): https://www.militarychild.org/

  • Call for the Arts (CFA) is an annual MCEC program that encourages students to submit artwork that expresses their lives as military/Veteran-connected children. All forms of visual art, creative writing and performance art are welcome! There are cash prizes and the opportunity to have the works highlighted at MCEC events. While the 2020 deadline is approaching (first of July), these summer months are a good time to prepare for the 2021 CFA. (Submission deadlines will be announced at a later date.) https://www.militarychild.org/programs/the-call-for-the-arts

  • For the Sake of the Child Parent webinars and podcasts are two easily accessible series. Both address a variety of topics that assist parents in becoming their own children’s best advocates. They are educational and entertaining… and have also become popular with educators and other child-serving professionals because of the wide breadth of timely topics. https://www.militarychild.org/audience/parents

  • SchoolQuest interactive tool supports military and Veteran families’ middle and high school students as they navigate the academic school year. The tool tracks academic progress, securely stores student profiles, and hosts checklists, reminders and notifications for each step through graduation. And, if there is a PCS move on the horizon, it also has a search tool to help identify local schools matched to a student’s interests and needs. https://www.militarychild.org/programs/schoolquest-helps-military-families-manage-school-moves

  • Virtual Learning ~ The TedEd Lessons, Professional Learning Community – Military Kids: A Constellation of Strengths and Challenges, designed originally for education professionals to better understand military and Veteran students, provide great information for Veteran-connected parents, as well. https://www.militarychild.org/programs/virtual-learning-opportunities

  • And, for students whose families are leaving the military, here’s a set of three short videos that speak directly to those challenges, called “Students Look at their Parents Leaving the Military.” Students will find good transition advice as the child of a Veteran https://www.militarychild.org/programs/students-look-at-their-parents-leaving-the-military

Questions: MCEC (254) 953-1923, info@militarychild.org

Military Families Learning Network (MFLN): https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/

Engages military family service providers and Cooperative Extension educators in the exchange of experiences and research to enhance the professional impact and encourage professional growth.

Questions: milfamln@gmail.com

Or Rachel Brauner - Texas A&M Military Programs, rbrauner@ag.tamu.edu

Military OneSource: http://www.militaryonesource.mil/

Free Resources: job seeker guidance, career counseling, resume assistance, education & employment, etc. FREE, confidential services for service members and their families, available 24/7 online or by calling 800-342-9647 (non-medical counseling, transition assistance / filling the gap with housing, travel assistance, and other relocation services).

·         Members connect ~ Add yourself as a provider: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/

·         SCOPE: Military program funded by the Active Duty Officer of the Secretary of Defense. Covers military members for 365 days of transitioning, and then VA benefits take over.

Montana: Janene Felter - Consultant / Contractor (406) 781-4986, janene.felter@militaryonesource.com

Military Spouse Corporate Career Network & RBLP: https://resiliencebuildingleader.com/

Military Spouse Jobs partnered with Resilience-Building Leader Program to offer 5 leadership certifications to military spouses!

Questions: Sanford “Sandy” Artman, USN Retired - National Outreach Manager, VetJobs USAR Partnership Program Manager – Community Engagement Division (CED) (636) 248-0513, sartman@vetjobs.org

Missoula Aging Services: MISSOULAAGINGSERVICES.ORG

337 Stephens Ave., Missoula ~ Resource Center, Volunteer Opportunities, Care Ombudsman and Caregiver Support ~ MAS also offers multiple classes / workshops such as New to Medicare, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Social Security, etc. all around the Missoula Region

Events: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/missoula-aging-services-7856196095

​Missoula Aging Services Senior Corps – Volunteer Network (RSVP): https://missoulaagingservices.org/volunteer/rsvp-volunteer-program/  

Senior Corps: 55 and older, Foster Grandparents, RSVP and Senior Companion volunteers, mentors, coaches, Meals on Wheels

​RECRUITING VETERANS for VETERANS as Senior Companions: Laura, ldegele@missoulaagingservices.org (15 – 40 hours / week w/compassion and desire to help. For 20 hours / week, volunteers receive a “tax-free hourly stipend to help cover costs to income eligible volunteers.” And, “supplemental, accident and liability insurance while you’re in service.”)

Missoula Aging Services (MAS) ~ Lifelong Connections: Program to help older adults with social isolation. They provide Samsung Tablets to income eligible, older adults in our community. Volunteers are needed to train participants on how use the tablets (will be provided with a loaner tablet, a train the trainer session, and ongoing support from MAS staff). Skills needed include: a basic knowledge of tablets and a willingness to learn more, a good listener, patience, and the ability to troubleshoot problems. See the job description If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Madison (406) 728-7682, mmoldenhauer@missoulaagingservices.org or help@missoulaagingservices.org

*** Veteran Directed Care (VDC): https://missoulaagingservices.org/get-help/daily-living/veteran-directed-care.html

Questions: HEATHER BERGERSON, B.S. - Lead Care Coordinator 406.721.6953, C 406.207.3095, hbergerson@missoulaagingservices.org

Missoula Children's Theater (MCT): https://mctinc.org/mct-tour/mct-military/

Did you know Missoula Children's Theater offers discount tickets to Military Families who have a loved one deployed, about to deploy, or recently returned?? Act quick ~ Tickets sell out FAST! Call MCT to Order your Tickets through the MTNG Child and Youth Program Account. Box Office: 406-728-7529; Main Office: 406-728-1911, tour@mctinc.org

Missoula Community Media Resource ~ Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT)

500 N. Higgins Ave., Missoula ~ MCAT Summer Camps for Kids (Scholarships Available): https://www.mcat.org/summer-camps-2015

Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT) provides Missoula residents and organizations with the equipment, training, and channel time to produce media based on their interests and concerns. These programs reflect Missoula's cultural, political, and intellectual diversity, and help foster a community dialogue about people and issues that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Email for scholarship info: mcat@mcat.org

Missoula County Public Schools ~ FIT/FOSTER Program: https://www.mcpsmt.org/Page/3602

Works closely with homeless families and youth and assists them with enrolling in correct school and advocating for needs such as obtaining birth certificates, providing residency documentation, and setting up transportation across district lines. This program is funded and authorized by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Visit the office at the MCPS building next to Sentinel (909 S. Ave. West) or YWCA on Tuesdays from 9:30-11:00 a.m. (Colleen has clothes, backpacks, school supplies & hygiene products to provide to the children).

Questions: Colleen (406) 728-2400, ext. 1080, clehman@mcpsmt.org

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

After school drop-in program (activities & free snacks): 3:30-6pm Monday & Tuesday and Thursday 2:30-6pm. Also, the Food Bank has a very simple form to obtain free school clothes for children. You just jot down age, pant size, shoe size and a phone number.

Questions: MFB, 1720 Wyoming St., Missoula (406) 549-0543

Montana National Guard Family Programs: http://www.montanaguard.com/Family/Family_Prog.html

Summer Camps (Camp Runnamucka, day camps, teen camps, virtual “camp-in-a-box” etc.).

Military and Family Readiness Coordinator - Missoula: Kristen Monroy - Soldier and Family Readiness Specialist, Montana Army National Guard, 9383 Running W. Road, Missoula (406) 324-5121, C (406) 439-8580, kristen.l.monroy.civ@army.mil

Contact: Montana National Guard Family Programs (877) 706-7598, mtngyouthprograms@gmail.com

Jodyann Burnham, "Lead" (406) 324-3925, jodyann.r.burnham.ctr@mail.mil

Yellow Ribbon Events (Pre & Post Deployment) - Contact Wyatt (406) 324-3128, C (406) 439-6705, wyatt.e.smith7.mil@army.mil

Montana National Guard (MTNG) Teen Council

It's a serious commitment, but well worth the experience you gain, the awareness / advocacy you build, and the life-long friendships and memories you create along the way. Please be sure to set aside plenty of time to complete this application- we suggest at least an hour, if not more. This application requires information from both the Teen and Guardian, so please plan to work on it together for part of the time. Please select "Register" and complete all of the questions and hit submit for review. Two of the 'questions' have links to other required forms to be filled out. One is required for new participants and one is required to be filled out by the guardians of ALL participants. This application is completely online. Paper or electronic copies can be sent if requested. All applications should be finished by August 1st to complete one full year on council.

Questions: MTNG Child and Youth Program, 1956 MT Majo St Fort Harrison, mtngyouthprograms@gmail.com

Or, Jodyann Burnham (406) 324-3925; Savanna Sill (406) 324-5120

Montana Supporting Military: https://mtsupportingmilitary.org/

Santa needs your help to provide care packages to our troops deployed around the world! Deadline to receive items is November 15. Items requested: beef jerky, sunflower seeds, protein / energy bards, stainless coffee mugs, tuna or chicken in pouch, trail mix, mixed nuts, dried fruit, coffee, etc. Monetary donations help pay postage on purchase items. You can donate to our PayPal account on our website or send check to MT Supporting Military, Box 4964, Helena, MT 59604.

Questions: (406) 431-7699, mtsmilitary@gmail.com

Montana Veterans Memorial: http://montanaveteransmemorial.org/

Honor YOUR Veteran - MVM was built and maintained to honor all Veterans living and deceased.

Contact: MVM PO Box 3524, Great Falls, MT  59403, (406) 454-9070, info@montanaveteransmemorial.org

Montana Youth ChalleNGe Academy (MYCA): http://youthchallenge.mt.gov/

790 E Cornell St., Dillon ~ RISE UP! The Montana Youth ChalleNGe Academy assists at-risk Montana youth in developing skills and abilities necessary to become productive citizens through focusing upon the physical, emotional, and educational needs of the youth within a highly structured, quasi-military environment using proven techniques of discipline and motivation to assist youth in turning their lives around.

Sponsored by the National Guard and the State of Montana. Learn more about MYCA: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RTdgPRTcpGkgHynDjKZGt5bS6mEjXc7E/view

APPLY: https://www.mycacademy.org/apply

VOLUNTEER: We are looking for adult volunteers to serve as life coaches for our cadets! To learn about the criteria for mentoring, please visit our website at www.mycacademy.org/mentors; Questions / APPLY: Michelle Nelon - Post-Residential Coordinator (406) 988-7028, michelle.nelon@mycacademy.org

Questions: MYCA (406) 683-7533, mtchallenge@mt.gov OR Ty (406) 683-7533, C (406) 925-3894, Ty.Robinson@mycacademy.org

National Archives: https://www.archives.gov/

History, Veteran Documents, Educator Resources, Museums & Libraries, America’s Founding Documents!

Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) ~ United Way: https://missoulaunitedway.org/parent-leadership-training-institute

Incredible opportunity for Missoula County residents / parents to effect change in our community for our kiddos and the institutions they participate in throughout their development, whether that is school, pre-k, childcare, etc.

Questions: United Way of Missoula County (406) 549-6104, info@missoulaunitedway.org

Roots Movement Arts Center: https://www.rootsacrosports.com/mackindergarten

Free Childcare option for children age 5-7 (From 9am-3pm Monday - Friday). The family can chose 1-3 days per week (currently they only have openings on Fridays but there are wait lists for the other days). Thanks to a Montana School-Age Child Care Grant we can now offer a 100% scholarship to children ages 5-7 in our MAC program through Dec 31st, 2020. All families with children this age are eligible for this scholarship regardless of income.

School Supplies for National Guard Families
Your Unit’s Soldier and Family Readiness Specialists as there are school supplies to be had. Additionally, we recognize the stress families are facing with fires, pending mobilizations, a return to school and the ever changing pandemic environment. Know that the Guard has resources such as: financial education, behavioral health and alcohol / substance abuse resources to name a few. Your Soldier and Family Readiness Specialists can serve as a conduit to many of these community, state and Guard resources.

Questions: Ron Barker, LCSW, MAC, SAP - Military and Family Readiness Coordinator for Missoula, State Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Master Addiction Counselor, Substance Abuse Professional (406) 880-3275, ronbarker83@gmail.com

Sesame Street in Communities: https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/family-caregiving/

The Caregivers initiative focuses on helping children address and understand "why their parent may look or act differently than 'before'; how to safely express complicated or confusing feelings; how their parent's illness or injury can change over time; and how to describe their family's new situation to themselves and others. Task & Purpose story: https://taskandpurpose.com/sesame-street-military-families-caregivers

Questions: Sesame Street in Communities, communities@sesame.org

Soldiers’ Angels Baby Brigade: https://soldiersangels.org/programs/family-support/baby-brigade-team/

Welcoming a new baby into the world can prove challenging for any family, but military and Veteran families face additional challenges that can quickly fill this moment with stress and worry. Thankfully, national nonprofit Soldiers’ Angels is here to help ease the pressure. VA BLOG: https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/85828/soldiers-angels-baby-brigade-brings-virtual-baby-showers-veteran-military-families/

Questions: (210) 629-0020, info@soldiersangels.org

Spouse Education & Career Opportunities (SECO): https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil/portal/

Education and Career Guidance to military spouses worldwide and offers comprehensive resources and tools for all stages of your career progression. Questions: 800-342-9647

Suicide Prevention ~ Suicide & Loss

Supporting Caregivers in the Workplace ~ AARP Employer Guide

https://hiddenheroes.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Military-Caregiving-Employer-Toolkit.pdf

Supporting Military and Veteran Caregivers in the Workplace Guide is a practical guide for employers to better support their caregiver team members. Questions: AARP, 877-333-5885

Survivors Quick Start Guide

VA BLOG: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/63171/va-releases-survivors-quick-start-guide/

Tamarack Grief Resource Center: https://www.tamarackgrc.org/

405 S. 1st St. W., Missoula ~ Adults and children grieving a death of a family member or loved one are invited to gather for groups focusing on support, connection, and remembrance. Gathering with understanding others can provide us with safe opportunities for coping strategies, methods of accessing hope, and continued support. We are stronger together.  

Questions: (406) 541-8472, info@TamarackGriefResourceCenter.org

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Legacy and Military Mentors: Taps.org/militarymentor

During campouts, hiking adventures, regional seminars, and special events, TAPS Youth Programs strives to provide one-on-one mentoring for bereaved military children and teens through the legacy and military mentor program. A military mentor is someone who currently serves in the military or is a veteran and can be a caring companion and a reminder to TAPS kids that the military still cares for them. A legacy mentor is a military survivor who has graduated from Good Grief Camp and is ready to support younger survivors who will follow in their path. As a mentor, you'll be a buddy to a brave child throughout the event as they share and connect with other surviving kids and learn how to honor their loved ones. You may do art projects and play silly games. You may throw footballs and cheer them on in relays. You'll definitely create lasting memories and feel pride in yourself for the work you've done. By volunteering as a legacy or military mentor, you can be a source of hope for a TAPS child. Questions: Good Grief Camp, (800) 959-8277, mentors@taps.org

Transition Assistance Program (TAP) ~ Locator: https://www.taonline.com/TapOffice/veteran-military-Find-TAP-office

Montana Family Readiness Center, Malmstrom AFB, 7215 - 7911 Goddard Ave., (406) 731-4900: https://341fss.com/airman-family-readiness/

Malmstrom Air Force Base Pre-Discharge Intake Site: 3633 Veterans Dr., Fort Harrison, (800) 827-1000

Scott J. Smith, MT Transition Assistance Advisor (TAA), Skyline Ultd Inc. (Contractor), (406) 324-3257, scott.j.smith.ctr@mail.mil (Serves as a point of contact to assist eligible members of the Reserve Components in accessing benefits and health care furnished under laws administered by the Secretary of Defense and benefits and health care furnished in the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs  

US DOL ~ Career Workshops for Military Spouses: https://blog.dol.gov/2021/05/05/new-virtual-career-workshops-for-military-spouses

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

412 W. Alder St., Missoula ~ Education, health, income. Questions: Missoula County, (406) 549-6104, info@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

*** Project Tomorrow Montana of the United Way: http://projecttomorrowmt.org/

Project Tomorrow Montana has educated hundreds of health care professionals, school counselors and community members on how to identify suicide warning signs and safe intervention strategies. Together, we are fighting for a better tomorrow, for Missoula, for Western Montana (800) 273-8255

VA Caregiver Support: https://www.caregiver.va.gov/support/New_CSC_Page.asp

Respite care can be provided to eligible Veterans for up to 30 days (these days do not need to be consecutive). Please call the Caregiver Support Line to learn more and receive a referral to the local Caregiver Support Coordinator near you!

Questions: 1-855-260-3274

The VFW’s Voice of Democracy ~ Youth Scholarships

https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships

Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.

Questions: (816) 756-3390 Ext. 6155, youthscholarships@vfw.org

LOCAL VFW: Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, (406) 778-7749, info@vfwpost209.org

Anton Johnson, Commander of the VFW and Veterans Outreach Program Specialist, Department of Veterans Affairs, Missoula Vet Center, (406) 721-4918, Cell (406) 529-2219, Anton.Johnson@va.gov

Welcome Home, Inc. ~ Polson: https://welcomehomevet.net/

Here to assist Veterans, their families, and Gold Star Families. Jeannie’s family is a Gold Star Family ~ they lost their youngest son at the age of 25, US Army Special Ops (SGT Crew Chief), 160th Night Stalker.

Contact: Jeannie Butler, Welcome Home, Inc., (406) 890-1405, jeanniebutleremail@gmail.com

Women in Military Service for America Memorial: https://www.womensmemorial.org/

Honoring all women who have defended America. Register your story in the national memorial

Workforce GPS ~ Resources for Military Spouses, American Job Center Staff, and Organizations that Support Spouses

https://www.workforcegps.org/resources/2019/05/23/14/47/Military-Spouse-License-Recognition-Resources

Military Spouse License Recognition Resources

In recent years, most states have passed laws creating streamlined license recognition options for military spouses.  The U.S. Department of Labor has created resources to help military spouses, organizations that support military spouses, and state agencies and licensing boards understand and take advantage of these laws.

Questions: https://www.workforcegps.org/resources/2016/04/14/13/51/WorkforceGPS_Frequently_Asked_Questions

Or, support@workforcegps.org

Youth Dynamics: http://www.youthdynamics.org/

619 SW Higgins, Unit E, Missoula ~ Youth Dynamics provides strength-based, client-centered, supportive mental health services to children (3-18) and families. At Youth Dynamics we don’t believe in wait listing families. We believe in getting your child into mental health services as soon as he or she needs them! (30 locations around Montana focusing equine and other therapy, etc. Child needs a mental health diagnosis to qualify). Questions: (406) 728-9672 or submit form: http://www.youthdynamics.org/contact-us/

Statewide: 1-877-458-7022

YWCA ~ Advocates: https://www.ywcamissoula.org/support-us/volunteer/

Informative and skill-building 40-hour training that will prepare volunteers to assist survivors of intimate partner violence and their families on their journey to healing. Questions: Alena (406) 543-6691, ywca@ywcaofmissoula.org

Zero to Three ~ Free Parenting Resources: https://www.zerotothree.org/

Free resources to help Veteran and military families raising children ~ VA BLOG: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/75825/zero-to-three-free-parenting-resources/ Questions: (800) 899-4301

ZOOM ~ Comprehensive Guide to Educating Through Zoom

https://zoom.us/docs/doc/Comprehensive%20Guide%20to%20Educating%20Through%20Zoom.pdf

Questions: Zoom Video Communications, teamzoom@zoom.us