The Neighbors In Need Program began in 1984 when request for assistance coming into the Help Net - First Call For Help information and referral line were not able to be met. The Help Net Board of Directors turned to the Kalispell Ministerial Association for assistance. The KMA called together community leaders, clergy and interested volunteers and from that initial meeting the Neighbors In Need program was created.
Neighbors In Need is a fund of last resort that is supported by the churches of the Flathead Valley, Faith Based organizations, individual contributors and special events coordinated by the Congregational Representatives from member churches. The mission of Neighbors In Need is to meet the needs of those individuals in our valley who are falling through the cracks of other social service programs by providing a single point of access that assists in ensuring the services provided to individuals are not duplicated. Here's how it works...Individuals in need contact the Help Net - information and referral line. If the caller has no other resources and has exhausted other social service programs, Help Net makes an appointment with Neighbors In Need. Emergency requests such as temporary shelter and gasoline are handled immediately.
All other requests are determined by trained volunteers who meet individually with those on the appointment list. They determine how Neighbors In Need can best assist each individual in need. Neighbors In Need utilizes a voucher system so no cash is distributed directly to those in need. Typical types of service delivery categories include gasoline, partial rental and utility assistance, transportation assistance, laundry, first time doctor visits, medication and other basic needs. The member churches also provide personal care bags filled with essential items for daily living - soap, shampoo, toilet tissue and much more!
Neighbors In Need volunteers host an annual Valentines Day luncheon, A Father's Day Brunch and a fall Chili Delivery Luncheon. Neighbors In Need does not accept any government or federal assistance and is funded entirely through local gifts. 100% each contribution stays in the Flathead Valley. Over 99% of the people served are our local neighbors and friends.
During 2017, Neighbors In Need provided assistance to over 1000 individuals in the Flathead Valley.
Serving Those In Need In The Name of Christ
A Fund of Last Resort Providing for Basic Needs
For Help Call 2-1-1 or 752-8181
Neighbors In Need
PO Box 8721
Kalispell, MT 59904
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