Friday, February 8, 2019

Cold Weather Plans

Homelessness presents unique challenges and obstacles for daily life. Homelessness in Montana, in the winter, can be deadly, which is why Samaritan House has its own Cold Weather Contingency Plans aimed at saving lives. We will find a place for you. 

Director Chris Krager adamantly states that, "The nature of homelessness in Montana is such that at certain times of the year it can be fatal." If you have lived through a few winters in the Flathead Valley, you know the potential brutality firsthand. This past week windchill dropped well below zero, reaching nearly -25, depending on where you lived. This could be a death sentence for someone living in a tent or other structures not suitable for intended dwelling. 

These are not just words on a screen as we learned this week, see the photo above.

Samaritan House is equipped with mobile beds and we are putting them to good use. Any safe place in our shelter has been turned into a makeshift sleeping unit because we recognize this is an extremely important issue. Living outside, in the exposed elements, is difficult in the best conditions so when homelessness is exacerbated with frigid wind, snow, and ice, we need to get involved. Heart failure, hypothermia, and frostbite are all real possibilities.

Thanks for all you do because your financial support and donating resources allowing us to do our best to take care of those who need a place to shelter from the weather. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Winter Warm Up

Winters in Montana can be quite inhospitable and sometimes resources are hard to come by. Winter Warm Up, a Project Homeless Connect event, offers a multitude of opportunities for the community to unite together and provide all sorts of services for anyone who needs them. Over the years, thousands of individuals, families, and Veterans have received everything from free tax services  and clothing to pet care. There is a wealth of resources available and volunteers to help you navigate through the process.

Medical and cosmetic services along with great resources to assist with employment opportunities are just some of the incredible things you will find. There will be free food and live music and treats for the kids, so please take advantage of Winter Warm Up Winter Warm Upbecause once it's over, it won't be back for another year!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Homelessness is More Than A Word

Homelessness is more than a word.

It is a lifestyle that encompasses more than statistics and reports. Its a condition that reaches past point-in-time census reviews. The four little letters at the end of the word represent something larger than not having a livable habitat; they ask us to consider that some people are caught in a cycle that most of us have never had to experience. Homelessness is lived and experienced and not fixed to the words typed on this blog. When we are done reading about homelessness, we move on the next thing in our day.

If you experience homelessness, your day takes on a whole different meaning.

Eradicating homelessness would be an amazing thing but it involves more than providing temporary shelter to keep families off of the street. If homelessness is truly a fluid lifestyle that takes the shape of an individual's specific circumstance, then the way to address it is to understand that unique situations call for specific measures. Giving a person shelter from the elements for a few nights is one thing (a great thing!) but helping them establish a lifestyle to sustain them involves a lot more moving parts.

We live in a world of stereotypes and prejudgements that make it easy to ignore diseases and focus on symptoms. If someone is chronically homeless, they have been caught in a net of poverty and transient circumstances that very well might condition them to reject measures to help them find permanent residence. Combating these issues is a process that transcends conventional ideas that assist people who are rendered homeless due to sudden circumstances. Homelessness manifests itself in different ways and calls for person-specific solutions.

Samaritan House has been addressing chronic and episodic homelessness for decades. We have gathered some amazing tools over the years and we will never stop doing all we can to save lives by treating each person, individual, or family as their own set of circumstances. We have resources and staff who are dedicated to helping our residents take the next step in a journey no person should have to experience. We believe that addressing the obstacles in a person's life means more than identifying them.

Many of you have been contributors for years and we absolutely could not do what we do without your kindness and generosity. Thank you for all that you do... It is our heart to help people escape a lifestyle and not just circumstances. You make a difference by allowing us to make a difference.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Samaritan House is very excited to be one of the 50 local nonprofit organizations selected to participate in the Great Fish Community Challenge being put on by Whitefish Community Foundation.  The 2018 Challenge will launch July 26 and run through September 14. Join us for the Great Fish Community Challenge Color Run and Community Celebration September 8th.
Nonprofits in the Challenge work to raise money during the campaign. All gifts are processed through the Community Foundation. At the end of the campaign, Whitefish Community Foundation will provide a percentage match on the first $20,000 raised by each participating nonprofit. Learn more about the Match here.
Donations are accepted online here starting July 26. You can download a copy of the official donation form here if you do not receive one in the mail. Sign up for our E-news below. 
Read more on how to donate here.

Last year, Samaritan House served approximately 1,350 local homeless individuals and families.  Your gift will go a long way in helping us serve those that need help.  It is very appreciated.

You can check out the Samaritan House at the Great Fish Community Challenge page here.

Thank you very much!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The 11th Annual Cowboy Up for Samaritan House benefit dinner and auction will be a great fun time.  Doors open at 5pm, dinner served at 6pm.  Music provided by Smart Alex and dancing to follow.  There will be a ticket holder raffle, silent auction, live auction, jewelry heist sponsored by Coins and Carats, wine pull and games. 
Dinner will be Pulled Pork, Roasted Red Potatoes and all the trimmings.  Beer and Wine available for purchase. 
All of this at Gardner's Auction Barn on Highway 93 South, behind Mergenthaler's just south of Kalispell. 
Call 257-5801 for tickets or more info.  Tickets will be available at the door $40 each or a table of 8 for $320. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Thank You for Your Help

Samaritan House would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you, our readers and supporters, for your partnership over the past year. Samaritan House has set goals to make homelessness in Northwest Montana rare, brief and nonrecurring.  If we are going to be successful in this effort we will need your support.

Today, the shelter is full and we are making arrangements to make room for more. The weather report says that it will be a very cold Christmas this year. Recently, the Flathead Beacon published an article about Samaritan House that relays how you can help Samaritan House.  

Flathead Beacon - "Making Ends Meet at the End of the Year"

Have an incredible holiday season as you reflect on what has happened in your life. Enjoy and cherish the loved ones who matter to you. Remember that you play a role, daily, affecting the lives of those around you. This world would not be the same without your contributions of love, empathy, help and kindness. You make this planet better for being on it and we appreciate everything you have done for Samaritan House.

Have a wonderful time of joy, peace, and reflection as we approach Christmas and the new year.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

You Can Be a Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

As temperatures in the Flathead Valley start to drop off Samaritan House is working to provide a safe warm place for those in need.  One way we are trying to do this is with a raffle.  With the purchase of a $100 raffle ticket you have a chance at winning the Grand Prize of $2,000 and one of the many smaller prizes.
The drawing will be held November 23rd, the day before Thanksgiving.  No need to be present to win.
You can purchase your Raffle Tickets from a Samaritan House Board Member or directly at the Samaritan House, 124 9th Ave West in Kalispell, Montana.  Phone 406-257-5801
Good Luck and thank you for your support!