Roundup for Safety grant to benefit local homeless population

A Roundup for Safety grant of $2,868 to Neighbors in Need will benefit the Flathead Valley’s homeless population. Since 1984, Neighbors In Need has been providing for the basic needs of our local homeless population and they are now going to expand services by creating a Day Center.

The new Day Center, to be located at the south end of the Gateway Community Center, will be a place for the Valley’s homeless to have access to a full menu of resources. Board chairman Terry Moore says there is currently no safe place for the homeless to go during the day.

“This is especially problematic for people during the winter, particularly women and their children. The Day Center will be a warm, safe place for the homeless to go. Visitors to the Day Center will be able to access showers, computers, job resources, counseling, phone charging stations, and places to rest. Neighbors In Need will also provide personal care kits, soup, medical exams, and glasses.” Moore says they are very grateful to Roundup for Safety for the grant.

In addition to the funds awarded to Neighbors in Need, Flathead Electric Cooperative’s Roundup for Safety Board awarded grants for the following safety related community projects, bringing the total awarded at the June 14 meeting to $7,054:

  • Kalispell Legion Baseball Association- $2,000 for fence top guards;
  • Discovery Development Center – $1,297 for booster seats and safety harnesses; and
  • Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks- $889 for water safety buoys.

Roundup for Safety is a voluntary program for Flathead Electric Cooperative members who allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the next dollar, with the extra money going into a fund for community nonprofit safety projects. The Co-op is grateful to all who participate in enhancing the safety of our community. For additional information about the program, call Mike Radel at 406-751-4429 or visit Roundup for Safety.