Through harsh Montana winters, we are a Low Barrier facility to save lives!
We accept people as they are. We provide a warm safe shelter for individuals or families who may have no other option.
The mission of the Flathead Warming Center is to save lives, link resources, and encourage dignity through low-barrier access to a warm safe place for those in need.. We provide seasonal, low barrier access to night shelter services regardless of an individual or family’s personal barriers to housing security. We provide showers, laundry, light food, and onsite resources throughout the year.
The Flathead Warming Center is founded on Christian principles. “We love because He first loved us.” ~ 1 John 4:19. It really is that simple. We are called to love and care for those in need. Everyone needs shelter and it is not our mission to judge who deserves shelter and who does not, because we understand that we do not get what we deserve either. It is because of our faith that we support the mission of the Flathead Warming Center.
It is in faith that we take each next step, without knowing where the funding will come from. We believe the Flathead Warming Center is the right thing to do and we understand it will take many in our community to make it happen!
The Flathead Warming Center is low barrier. Any requirement for an individual to listen to our beliefs or to participate in our faith can be a barrier for individuals and families to feel welcomed inside the shelter. We will not force our faith on anyone. Everyone is welcome! We only want to love in ways that make others wonder why we are different. We want to share a light that is so amazing, our neighbors will want to know the source of it.
2021 / 2022 Season Highlights
349 unique individuals served (October – April)
We saw a significant increase of the elderly/ fixed income population in our community needing shelter. We sheltered 32 individuals ages 55-61 and we sheltered 27 individuals 62 years and older.
A HARD fact: With a nightly capacity of 40 beds, we had to turn away individuals 186 times throughout the winter due to not having enough capacity.
2020 / 2021 Season Highlights
207 unique individuals served
3,120 shelter stays
More than 76% of our guests struggle with mental illness, other disability, and/ or struggle with addiction
average stay is 15 nights
30% Women / 70% Men
36 domestic violence survivors
65% have lived in the Flathead for greater than one year
42% have lived in the Flathead for greater than 10 years
24% have lived in the Flathead for 20 years or more
The Flathead Warming Center is a low barrier facility. While we are a faith-based organization there is no requirement for an individual to be like-minded nor forced to listen to our beliefs. All are welcomed inside the shelter! Our Christian faith gives us purpose, to love one another.