Habitat for Humanity of Gallatin Valley

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF GALLATIN VALLEY is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with qualified families to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to the families at no profit and with no interest charged.

Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors  provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor – “sweat equity” – into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses.

Habitat for Humanity is always looking for volunteers.  Several women from our church worked at this year’s Women Build fundraiser in early May, but there are many more opportunities to help:

–You can work at the ReStore pricing, stocking shelves, or helping customers.  They are particularly in need of folks who can volunteer on a regular basis.  If you don’t want to work there you can donate good used building materials or shop at the ReStore which provides funds for Habitat and keeps materials out of the landfill.  The ReStore is located in Bruce Industrial Park in Belgrade; for more information call 388-2852 or visit What is the ReStore?

–You can make a financial contribution.

–You can volunteer at a construction site.  They need skilled and unskilled individuals and groups to partner with in building Habitat homes, as well as to assist with volunteer management. Expert sub-contractors such as installers, drywallers and carpenters are particularly needed.

For details on how to get involved, and additional ways to support Habitat for Humanity, visit their website at Habitat for Humanity of Gallatin Valley  or call 388-8225.

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Intermountain: restoring hope for children




better coin can

“Adversity is not destiny.”  Terry Chaney gave this as a guiding phrase for Intermountain during his visit to BUMC on May 4.  Intermountain helps heal children who have experienced early childhood trauma so they can return to emotional health.  Their  services include a two year campus-based treatment program for 32 children ages four through 12.  There is an on-campus accredited grade school for the 32  inpatient children plus several children who  are so emotionally disturbed they can’t attend public schools.  Intermountain does therapeutic counseling for children in the Helena public schools and provides support for families who have adopted children from the treatment program.  The chaplain on staff provides spiritual support for children.  Intermountain also has many different outreach programs in Helena, Missoula, Great Falls,  Kalispell.

BUMC has a long history of supporting Intermountain, which was formerly known as Intermountain Children’s Home.  Their mission is to heal through healthy relationships, and so far they have helped over 1300 children and families.  Terry Chaney, Development Director for Intermountain, visited our church on May  4 to explain their services and programs, and how we can support Intermountain.

Currently the 32 resident children, ages 8 through 12, live in four cottages.  Two new cottages were dedicated in April 2014, and one of the old cottages is being remodeled into a chapel.  This will provide a designated space for the chaplain and his programs.  We were among the first churches to pledge our support for this project, and we continue to support the effort with the Change for Children coin collection campaign.  This will continue through the end of June, and will be a project of our Vacation Bible School.

If you’d like to tour Intermountain’s facility, our Mission Team is organizing an all day trip on Friday, May 16.  They will have lunch and tour a cottage, the classroom facility and hear about the chaplain’s program.  Please RSVP to 586-5413.

Tasty Tidbits of Information from the Community Cafe


The Community Cafe is a thriving service, and an opportunity to directly support those in need.  The Cafe provides a welcoming atmosphere for anyone in need of a warm meal from 5 to 7 pm every evening.  It is located at 302 North Seventh Ave. in Bozeman.  Donations are welcome from all guests, but not expected.

The first quarter of 2014 saw a 54% increase in total plates served.  From January through March they served 11,389 meals.   In March over 735 volunteer hours were logged.  If you would like to support the Cafe with your time and talents, here are a few ways to do so:

The Cafe is looking for plant starts — tomatoes, onion sets, leafy greens, broccoli, cabbage — for this spring’s Cafe Garden.  Contact Laura at 586-7600 for details.

BUMC serves dinner the first Monday of each month.  The sign up sheet is near the church office.  Seven or eight people are needed each night to greet, serve and clean up.  They now have a kitchen, so are able to cook food on site and use washable plates and silverware.  Shifts are from 4:30 to 7:30 pm and volunteers must be over 18 years old.  Saturdays may be another opportunity to serve, too. If you’d like to work on a Saturday, call Laura at 586-7600.

If you can’t volunteer but want to support the Cafe or learn more about it, please come have a meal!  Bring some friends or family and walk in just like you are a customer and enjoy the service you’ve come to know so well.  You can leave a donation at the table if you wish but there is no obligation.  By being at the Cafe and sharing the experience with others you help ensure that the Cafe continues to evolve into the community space that’s being envisioned.

Spread the word with a Community Cafe t-shirt!  They are available at the Cafe and are a great way to help promote it.

Thank you for your support.  The Cafe couldn’t function without you!

UMCOR Health Kits

Supplies for Health Kits

hand towels     wash cloths

large combs      adult toothbrushes

nail files or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail files)

bath-sized bar soap (not Ivory)

adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages

1 gallon sealable bags  

$1 to purchase toothpaste


Here’s an easy way to help others in trying situations – donate items for UMCOR Health Kits.  Our Sunday School kids have assembled over 100 kits using supplies you have donated, but we are not finished yet.  You may drop off items at the church through the end of May.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has a depot warehouse in Salt Lake City where kits of many types are stored until needed.  The Sager Brown Depot ships kits around the world in response to natural disasters or human conflict.  Health kits are also used as learning tools in personal hygiene, literacy, nutrition, and cooking classes

Each year our annual conference rotates the type of kit we supply.  Other types of kits are sewing kits, school kits, bedding kits, birthing kits and cleaning buckets.  For more information visit http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies/Relief-Supply-Kits/ .    

Lenten Offerings 2014

This year’s Lenten Offerings will support the Blackfoot United Methodist Parish (BUMP) in Browning, MT and Helen Sheperd’s missionary work in Mongolia.


BUMP serves the Blackfeet Indian Reservation just east of Glacier National Park.  We have sent mission teams there periodically to help with facilities and programs.  In addition to spiritual work, they have a clothing bank that is open every Wednesday to provide free clothing for an average of 46 adults per week.  This year’s offering will go toward purchase of a new washer and dryer to support the clothing bank.


Mongolia Mission Initiative

Helen Sheperd is a Methodist missionary serving in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia where she is the director of the Grace Hospice homecare program.  She also supports the activities of two mission centers, three worshipping congregations and numerous projects in Mongolia.  In addition, she teaches preschoolers on Sunday morning, leads a weekly Bible study in English for young women, and works with two senior citizen groups that meet at the mission center.  For more information go to www.yacumc.org/pages/detail/63 .