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Poverello Center Charity Profile
The Poverello Center, Inc. is an award winning nonprofit organization that has been helping the homeless in Montana for nearly 35 years.
The mission of the Poverello Center is to work collaboratively toward the prevention of homelessness and the creation of lasting solutions for homeless and at-risk families, children, and individuals throughout the State.
"The Pov", as we're often called, advocates for and provides a continuum of housing and a variety of services to improve the health, well-being, and stability of those it serves.
Since its founding almost 35 years ago, the organization has earned local and national recognition for its integrated healthcare, housing, and service programs.
The Pov's comprehensive approach addresses the causes of homelessness, as well as the consequences, offering critical assistance to over 5,000 individuals and families each year.
The Pov's downtown, Ryman Street shelter, sleeps up to one hundred homeless residents a night and serves 100,000 hot meals, 365 days a year. It is the largest homeless shelter in the State of Montana.
Approximately 300-350 impoverished Missoulians utilize the Pov's services each and every day.
The Poverello Center operates transitional housing facilities for homeless families, The Joseph Residence, and for homeless veterans, The Valor House, as well as a daytime, drop-in center for the chronically homeless, The Salcido Center.
Clients of all programs represent the homeless, working-poor, disabled, mentally ill, elderly, veterans, families, runaways, children, and folks struggling with substance abuse recovery.
Services provided include mental health referrals, an on-site medical clinic operated by Partnership Health, a food pantry, clothing room, hot showers, agency and job referrals, laundry room, soup kitchen, sack lunch program, and many other services that enable our clients to move into safe, affordable housing and begin a life of integrity back in the work-force. The Pov receives significant support from the community at-large (to give you an idea, the Pov filled 21,000 volunteer shifts in 2008!)
The Pov continually raises public awareness of homelessness at local, state and national levels through education and advocacy programs designed for policy-makers, community and business leaders, other homeless service organizations, students, news media, and the general public.
The Pov provides shelter, food, help, and hope TO ALL WHO ASK.
Poverello Center Volunteer Information
Volunteering at the Poverello has been about the most fulfilling thing Ive done and the best opportunity to make a difference Volunteer of 3 years
The Poverello Center could not serve Western Montanas hungry and homeless without our community volunteers.
Our volunteer program exist to further the mission and goals of the Poverello Center and to enable our volunteers to directly experience our philosophy of providing food, shelter, help and hope to all who ask.
Volunteers become ambassadors for the organization and they continue to transform the world, one person at a time.
Who are the Poverello Centers volunteers?
The Povs volunteers are women, men, and young people who reflect the diversity of our community. Volunteers come from many different backgrounds and bring their unique experience to build authentic relationships that transcend class barriers. They are open to new experiences, and to the learning and practice of non-violence, and hospitality.
What do volunteers at the Poverello Center do?
Every year, thousands of volunteer give their time, energy, and hearts to the Pov community. These volunteers worked an amazing 35,000 hours last year. It is no exaggeration to say that we would not be able to accomplish our work without our volunteers.
Many of our volunteers work along-side staff and clients in the soup kitchen to do early morning kitchen prep, prepare meals, and serve food, drinks, and hospitality in a cafeteria setting.
Volunteers can also work in the clothing room, food pantry, provide respite care for children or provide administrative assistance.
Volunteers can assist at all four locations through a variety of ways.
Volunteers also provide invaluable assistance on special events and through board committees.
At the Poverello Center we encourage one-time volunteer serves, large groups, children over 14 and folks who need to fulfill school or court-ordered community service requirements.