The Flathead Warming Center is a volunteer-driven mission. We can not exist without many in our community giving of their time, talents, and resources.
Winter 2019/2020, 57 onsite trained volunteers, covering 500 shifts, over 87 nights, giving 1,653 hours of time and passion to care for 105 of our neighbors in need of shelter. “Anyone who willingly enters into the pain of a stranger is truly a remarkable person.” ~Henri Nouwen
Just the beginning… When you help someone through providing basic needs of shelter, a meal, and a shower, there is a certain gravity to the situation. There is a moment of depth and a personal connection, a moment of shared humanity. Words really can’t explain.
Invisible. Just one word, used the most by our homeless neighbors in describing how it feels to be surviving on the street. Invisible.
Inside the Flathead Warming Center, there are amazing opportunities to perhaps provide the only conversation of the day. We get to open the door and greet each person. We get to hear their stories, their plans. We get to offer a hot drink and a dry pair of clean socks, AND now a shower! We get to smile and laugh with each guest. We get to know someone’s son, someone’s sister, someone’s father. We get to learn more about ourselves. We learn that there really shouldn’t be a divide between, “us” and “them” because we are more alike than we are different. We are all in this together! There is community inside the Flathead Warming Center. We all become less invisible.
Do you have the desire to get involved in something meaningful, something that really counts, and in a place where your time and investment will really make a difference and be appreciated?
You can find that here! We want to be your volunteer home! Together we invest in the lives of others!
Our next volunteer training for on-site volunteers will be in October.
Contact the Flathead Warming Center Volunteer Coordinator for opportunities to get involved. Call: Susan Sharp (406) 890-9754
- On-site volunteers – training required
- Fundraising event volunteers
- Legal counsel
- Web / social media PR
- One time capital gifts to secure and furnish the facility
- Reoccurring financial support to cover month to month operational expenses
Please contact us! We want to hear from you!