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Missoula County Resources


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Healthy Start Programs

Child Care Resources


127 E. Main, Suite 314, Missoula, Montana 59802 Telephone: 728-6446; Fax: 549-1189; E-mail: ccr@Montana.com WWW.childcarerecources.org

Child Care Resources (CCR) promotes high quality, readily available and affordable child care to meet the needs of families in Missoula, Mineral and Ravalli counties. To accomplish this mission CCR offers the following services: Child Care Food Program, Child Care Health Program, Resource and Referral Program, and Training Program.

Community Medical Center


2827 Fort Missoula Road, Missoula, Montana 59802 Telephone: (406) 728-4100 Ext. 5401; Fax: (406) 327-4552, Attention: MIS

The Community Medical Center offers outpatient breast feeding consultation services and breast feeding classes.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program


126 West Spruce Street, Missoula, Montana 59802 Telephone: (406) 721-4095; Fax: 721-4097

This free program is for limited resource families and pregnant women. Assistants do home visits and help individuals to stretch their food budgets, choose foods that are healthy, and plan nutritious meals.



127 North Higgins, Missoula, Montana 59802 Telephone: 543-3550

An innovative and comprehensive family support and Certified Housing Counseling Program. The FAMILY BASICS offers the Summer Arts/Leadership Camp each year to students who are homeless or at risk to learn leadership skills. The camp is open to students who are entering fourth through tenth grades in the Fall. Ask about the Partnership to Strengthen Families and C.S. Porter Flagship Project.

First Way Pregnancy Support Center


127 East Main Street, Missoula, Montana 59802 Telephone: (406) 549-0406

First Way offers diapers, baby clothes and maternity clothes.

La Leche League - Families First


407 East Main Street Telephone: Contact Linda (406) 549-1908, Erin (406) 549-177 or Sherie (406)273-0086

Provides mother-to-mother breast feeding information and support, available 24 hours a day. Meets the second Tuesday of every moth at 7 p.m. at Families First.

MIAMI Project


Missoula City/County Health Department 301 West Alder Street, Missoula, Montana 59802 Telephone: (406) 523-4745, Fax: (406) 523-4781

The goal of this project is to improve pregnancy outcomes in Missoula County. The project provides education on healthy lifestyles during pregnancy financial assistance to eligible women, assistance with obtaining prenatal care and other appropriate community resources.The Early Pregnancy class offers prenatal education on nutrition, fetal growth and development, harmful substances, detection of preterm labor, common discomforts, and referral to community resources. This class is free of charge.

Missoula County Office of Public Assistance


2677 Palmer, Suite 222, Missoula, Montana 59802 Telephone: (406) 523-1950; Fax: (406) 721-1527 The Office of Public Assistance administers Medicaid and other financial programs for income-eligible children and families.

WEEL (Working for Equality and Economic Liberation) PO Box 7772, Missoula, Montana 59807 Telephone: (406) 543-2530 www.weelempowers.org WEEL provides low-income advocacy.

Public Health Nursing Program


301 West Alder Street, Missoula, Montana 59802 Telephone: (406) 523-4750; Fax:(406) 523-4913

The Missoula City/County Health Department (MC/CHD) offers this program which assists low-income women who wish to apply for Medicaid. The Public Health Nursing Program will refer these women to doctors who will provide prenatal and obstetrical care and will accept Medicaid.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)


301 West Alder Street, Missoula, Montana 59802 Telephone: (406) 523-1950; Fax: (406) 721-1527

Nutrition education and supplemental nutrition pacakages to breast feeding and pregnant women as well as families with children up to age 5.

Marketable Skills Programs



County Extension Office 126 West Spruce Street Missoula, Montana 59802 Telephone: (406) 721-4095; Fax: (406) 721-4097; E-mail: acxgm@montana.edu

As a program of MSU Extension Services, 4-H is part of the nationwide Extension network that links research-based knowledge and technology to people where they live and work. In Montana, Extension faculty members work directly with adult and teen volunteer leaders, local advisory groups and others.

Montana Conservations Corps (MCC)


415 North Higgins #12,Missoula, Montana 59802 Telephone: (406) 721-3000 Ext.1220

The Montana Conservation Corps is an AmeriCorps volunteer program which operates crews out of Billings , Bozeman, Boulder, Kalispell and Missoula. Each year these crews complete a variety of service projects addressing community needs including: repair of senior citizen homes, distributing food to the needy, teaching disabled people how to ski, and repairing buildings for non-profit agencies. Other projects include: 130 miles of trail construction and maintenance, 25 miles of fence building, 5 miles of stream rehabilitation, 100 abandoned mine closures, 5 playgrounds installed, and 20 parks improved. MCC also operates the CorpsLINK program which is an alternative restorative justice program of the MCC. It engages youth-at-risk (ages 12 to 18) in service projects that promote accountability. Meaningful work becomes a pathway through which youth contribute to their communities. Each year over 500 youth are guided and mentored by MCC Corps members.

The Building Skills for Adulthood Program


Department of Psychology University of Montana, Missoula, Montana 59812 Telephone: (800) 556-6803

The Building Skills for Adulthood Program assists Montana's foster youth in gaining the skills to make a successful transition into adult community living by providing a variety of services to youth and those who work with youth.

Vocational Services Program


YWCA 1130 W. Broadway, Missoula, Montana Telephone: (406) 543-6691 Fax: (406) 543-6777

Provides free Career Development Workshops, computer classes, and job search support for displaced homemakers and single heads of household. The purpose of the Vocational Services Programs is to provide highly trained and motivated potential employees.

WORD Center & Montana Community Development Center


127 North Higgins Street, Missoula, Montana 59802 Telephone: 543-3550; Fax: (406) 721-4583

Mentoring Programs

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Missoula


2100 South Higgins, Missoula, Montana 59801 Telephone: (406) 721-2380; Fax: (406)543-5082

A federation of more than 500 agencies nationwide whose mission is to make a difference in the lives of young people, primarily through professional supported one-to-one relationships with a caring adult.

Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Programs

Pathways Programs


YMCA 1130 W. Broadway, Missoula, Montana Telephone: (406) 543-6691; Fax: (406) 543-6777

The Pathways Program provides safe refuge and support to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Pathways provides a 24-hour crisis hotline, as well as an emergency shelter for women and children in need of immediate food and shelter.

Student Health Services


The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana 59812 Telephone: 243-2122; Fax: 243-6955; E-mail: lindag@selway.umt.edu

The Student Assault Recovery Services (SARS) is a program of the Student Health Services at the University of Montana-Missoula which provides FREE and confidential support, advocacy, and therapeutic services to victims of rape, sexual assault, child abuse, relationship violence, sexual harassment, and stalking. The Health Education Department also offers Prevention Workshops for males, females, and mixed groups.

The Parenting Place (Child and Family Resource Council, Inc.)


Teresa Cowan, Executive Director; 1644 S 8th W; P.O. Box 3805 Missoula, MT 59801 (406) 728-KIDS (5437) E-mail: info@parentingplace.net

The Parenting Place is a non-profit agency whose mission is child abuse and neglect prevention. We offer parenting classes, the Parent Aide home visiting program, respite child care, children's programs and long term parent support.

Prevention of Drug Abuse and Alcohol Abuse Programs

Safe & Drug Free Schools and Communities


Telephone: (406) 444-5663

This is a federally funded program through which every school in Montana can apply. Once an application is approved, a base allocation will be provided in order to begin drug prevention programs, etc. in the school and community. After a school has been approved they have the option to apply for a "Greatest Need" grant, which provides extra money to 12- 14 schools. The Greatest Need grant is a competitive grant and is awarded on the basis of greatest need. Contact their office for more information on obtaining an application.

Prevention of Teen Pregnancy Programs

Planned Parenthood of Missoula


219 East Main Street, Missoula, Montana 59802 Telephone: (406) 728-5561 or (406) 728-5490

Provides confidential reproductive health care services on a sliding- fee scale.

Volunteer Service and Recruitment Programs

FGP - Foster Grandparent Program


227 West Front Street, Missoula, Montana 59812 Telephone: (406 728-7682

Link for low income senior citizens to volunteer to work with children in the community.

RSVP - Retired Senior Volunteer Program


227 West Front Street, Missoula, Montana 59812 Telephone: (406) 542-5061; Fax: (406)728-7687

Coordinates volunteers who contribute service hours in the community. Anyone 55 years or older is eligible to join.

Volunteer Action Services


University of Montana Davidson Honors College Missoula, MT 59812 (406) 243-2586

Acts as a Volunteer Service Clearinghouse for college students.

Page last updated: 12/27/2010