Child, Family & Caregivers
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
Steve Reiter, AARP Montana (406) 457-4702, firstname.lastname@example.org
Or, Jim Higgins (406) 291-0356, email@example.com
American Legion Auxiliary ~ Girls State
ALA MT Girls State Blog:
SAVE the DATE: Girl State 2020 - June 14-20
Questions: Senta, ALA Unit 27 President,
American Red Cross ~ Military & Caregiver Network (MVCN)
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
A second round of virtual connection devices will be distributed to Veteran caregivers to help them access online resources. Contact Sara ASAP with caregiver and Veteran information: firstname.lastname@example.org
American Red Cross VOLUNTEERS - Navigate to https://www.redcross.org/volunteer and click “Find My Volunteer Opportunity” Red Cross requires all volunteers (Ages 18 and over) to complete a background check. This helps keep our clients and volunteers safe!
Or, Gini Kay, Recruitment Specialist, Volunteer Services, (406) 493-8778, email@example.com
ASPIRE – Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education & Employment
14-16 year olds who receive SSI http://aspirewest.org/
BASE Camp Missoula
Missoula Parks & Recreation, 301 East Main St., Missoula
Offering a new childcare option called BaseCamp for those families with students in the hybrid-model of school and needing additional help with childcare services. Available for kids ages 4 and up, BaseCamp will be open M-F 7:30am-5:30pm and will have capacity for 120 students at that site.
Questions: (406) 721-7275
BASE Missoula ~ Youth Services, All Abilities Community Center
725 W. Alder, Suite 4, Missoula
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.
BASE Missoula, (406) 215-1080, firstname.lastname@example.org
Be Safe, Love Mom: A Military Mom's Stories of Courage, Comfort, and Surviving Life on the Homefront
Elaine Lowry Brye, Author: (406) 210-5483,
CAMP IVY ~ MT Joining Community Forces
Join Camp IVY at HOME! A box full of activities will be mailed to each family & virtual workshops for kids and parents will teach window-sill gardening and resilience skills.
Questions: Tabitha, Military OneSource (406) 459-2746, Tabitha.GarvinBetancourt@MilitaryOneSource.com
Caring.com ~ Veterans Assisted Living Assessment & Benefits
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, email@example.com
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.
Questions: (651) 789-2300 or submit email at https://caringbridgehelp.custhelp.com/app/ask
Caregiver Support in the Workplace ~ Employer Guide
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
Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative
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
Child and Family Services
ChildCare Resources (CCR)
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.
Contact (406) 728-6446, toll free (800) 728-6446, firstname.lastname@example.org
Coaching Into Care
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)
Family Assistance Center (FAC) ~ Montana National Guard Family Programs
(Open to all branches of service)
24 HR (877) 706-7598 ~ DEERS (800) 538-9552
Charity Stubb, Family Assistance Center Specialist, 9383 Running W Rd, Missoula, MT 59808
OFFICE: (406) 324-5121, CELL: (406) 439-8580, email@example.com
Strategic Resources, Inc...Creating Powerful Solutions, An International CompanyISO 9001:2015, Certified CMMI Maturity Level 3 Rated
*** Kalispell GUARD & RESERVE CENTER / FAC
Highway 93 N., Kalispell, (406) 755-3457
Lee Fretwell - Kalispell FAC (NG / Reserve Family Assistance Center), (406) 324-5180, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gold Star Family Registry, National
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,
Gold Star Mothers, Inc., American (AGSM)
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).
Home Care Resources for Seniors ~ Veterans
Helping Veterans Pay for Assisted Living, Home Care and Long Term Care
Questions: Olivia Clark, Senior Care Advocate, email@example.com
If I Were Deployed
Author, Nicole Burch is the wife of a disabled Veteran, the mother of 6 children, and a Montanan. She can be found on Instagram @lifeinthetreehouse where she shares little bits of her day in a large neuro-diverse family, and on Facebook @NicoleBurch. https://www.amazon.com/Nicole-Burch/e/B07ZBJGSS1
The Independence Fund (TIF) ~ Nationwide
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
Designed for teaching children (ages 4-14+) about the U.S. Government. Games & Activities!
Marriage Counseling ~ Free for Military
Questions – Military OneSource, 800-342-9647
Or, Defense Center of Excellence (DcoE), 866-966-1020
Military Caregiver Guide ~ AARP
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)
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Military Families Learning Network (MFLN)
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.
Or Rachel Brauner - Texas A&M Military Programs, email@example.com
Free Resources: Job seeker guidance, career counseling, resume assistance, education & employment, etc.
9/2020 "Join us for Camp IVY at HOME ~ Open to all military families with youth ages 8-16. A box full of activities will be mailed to each family & virtual workshops for kids and parents will teach window-sill gardening and resilience skills. REGISTER: https://www.montanajcf.org/
Questions: Tabitha (406) 459-2746, Tabitha.GarvinBetancourt@MilitaryOneSource.com
Or, CALL 800-342-9647 and connect 24/7 - MT: (406) 781-4986 or (800) 342-9647
Missoula Aging Services ~ The VSN's "VOLUNTEER NETWORK"
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com or
Missoula Children's Theater (MCT) ~ Attention Missoula Area Families:
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
Missoula Community Media Resource ~ Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT)
500 N. Higgins Ave., Msla
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:
Montanan Army National Guard Child and Youth Program
Facebook: Montana Guard Kids
Tell us What YOUR Family Needs From Us! FY 19 Needs Assessment:
We Need YOUR Feedback!
FY 19 Solider/Parent Satisfaction Survey:
Questions: Jodyann Burnham, "Lead" (406) 324-3925,
Savanna Sill, "Coordinator" (406) 324-5120, (Contractors of DysTech)
Or, Sherri L. Simonson Family Assistance Center Coordinator, Strategic Resources, Inc.,
Fort Harrision, (406) 324-3232,
Please visit: Caution-www.sri-hq.com
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 partipants 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,
Or, Jodyann Burnham (406) 324-3925; Savanna Sill (406) 324-5120
Montana Supporting Military ~ Care Packages
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Montana Veterans Memorial
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, email@example.com
Montana Youth ChalleNGe Academy (MYCA)
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.
Questions: MYCA, (406) 683-7533,
Or, Ken Kuchler, MYCA Lead Admissions Counselor, 790 E. Cornell St., Dillon, (406) 683-7534, C (406) 865-0119,
History, Veteran Documents, Educator Resources, Museums & Libraries, America’s Founding Documents!
Roots Movement Arts Center
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.
Sesame Street in Communities
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,
Suicide & Loss
VA is committed to the prevention of suicide. It is also offers "postvention" with a community of shared healing and supportive services and resources for those affected by suicide loss. These resources support anyone who has been touched by suicide loss, regardless of their military, Veteran, or military family status - VA BLOG: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/78063/postvention-va-offers-support-suicide-loss/
Supporting Caregivers in the Workplace ~ AARP Employer Guide
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
Tamarack Grief Resource Center
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
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, email@example.com
*** 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
United Heroes League
KEEPING MILITARY KIDS HEALTHY AND ACTIVE THROUGH SPORTS
~ Free Equipment – Free Camps – Free Tickets – Grants – Special Experiences
Sports equipment, sport camps, subsidizes association fees, and distributes NHL, NBA, MLB, NFL, MLS and NCAA game tickets to children of Veterans and Servicemembers.
Questions: (651) 319-0737, firstname.lastname@example.org
United Way of Missoula County
412 W. Alder St., Missoula
Education, health, income ~ Questions: Missoula County, (406) 549-6104, email@example.com
NW Montana: 1203 US Highway 2 W Ste 31, Kalispell, (406) 752-8181, firstname.lastname@example.org
Roxanna Parker, Executive Director, United Way of Kalispell, (406) 752-7266
*** Project Tomorrow Montana of the United Way
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.
Project Tomorrow Montana, (800) 273-8255
VA Advisory Committee Management Office
To provide advise to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, through the Chief Veterans Experience Officer, related to Veterans' families, caregivers, and survivors across all generations, relationships, and Veterans status.
Questions: Betty, (202) 465-6199,
VA Caregiver Support
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!
*** Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC)
Or, Bob Mortenson, Veterans Experience Office (VACO), Veterans, Family and Community Engagement, Department of Veterans Affairs, (360) 568-4592, email@example.com
The VFW’s Voice of Democracy
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.
The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements, then download and complete the 2019-20 entry form. All student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, Oct. 31. The 2019-20 theme is, "What Makes America Great"
Questions: (816) 756-3390 Ext. 6155,
LOCAL VFW: Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, (406) 778-7749, firstname.lastname@example.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
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, email@example.com
Women in Military Service for America Memorial
Honoring all women who have defended America. Register your story in the national memorial: https://www.womensmemorial.org/
Workforce GPS ~ Resources for Military Spouses, American Job Center Staff, and Organizations that Support Spouses
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.
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/
Zero to Three ~ Free Parenting Resources
Free resources to help Veteran and military families raising children
Questions: (800) 899-4301
ZOOM ~ Comprehensive Guide to Educating Through Zoom
Questions: Zoom Video Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org