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North West Montana Veterans Stand Down

Veterans Helping Veterans and Communities

aka North West Montana Veterans Food Pantry   |   Kalispell, MT   |  http://veteransfoodpantry.org

Mission

North West Montana Veterans Stand Down & Food Pantry is dedicated to extending a helping hand up to homeless, low-income and at-risk veterans and their families. These heroes have sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution and the people of the United States of America. Now we must uphold them in their time of need. We administer a multi-faceted program designed to accommodate each client's unique circumstances. Our mission is to offer wraparound services to our qualifying veterans and their families through the many aspects of our organization.

Ruling year info

2002

President/CEO

Mr. Allen W. Erickson, Sr. SR

Main address

1349 HWY 2 East

Kalispell, MT 59901 USA

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EIN

74-3030535

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

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Our programs

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Veterans Service Center

North West Montana Veterans Stand Down & Food Pantry is open 5 days a week 9 to 5 and after hours in case of emergency. We provide services that include shelter, meals, clothing, blankets, food baskets and medical attention. Referrals to a variety of support and prevention programs for struggling individuals and their families. Most important the opportunity to be surrounded by people who know what they experienced and appreciate them for it.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Economically disadvantaged people

Through the kindness and generosity of this community, in 2022 we were able to clothe and furnish 124 households, representing men, women and children of all ages. The clothing outlet is open to the public to support our mission with their monetary donations. We also utilize the clothing and furniture to assist our homeless veterans by giving them the things they need when coming out of homelessness and 2 times a year they can receive a set of clothing, a coat, boots and a sleeping bag. In 2022 our "One to Wear One to Wash" program gave $10,713.00 in furniture, household items and clothing to Veterans and their families. On a cases by case basis we may give clothing, household items and furniture to families.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Economically disadvantaged people

We provide monthly food boxes to qualifying veterans and their families. The household must have a veteran as the household member and a household  income of 150% below poverty to qualify for the 3 day emergency food box. We provide additional holiday food boxes to each qualifying family as well. We take into consideration their sometimes limited cooking facilities and dietary needs. In 2022 we received a total of 162,112 lbs. of nutritional food for our local veterans and their immediate families. A total of 1,615 veterans households, representing 3,776 individuals, received 138,017 pounds of food. We provided 194 Holiday food boxes to each qualifying family, along with a trip to "Santa's Workshop" for presents that includes 104 children who received gifts. Thanks to our Donors.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Economically disadvantaged people

Veterans in need are allowed to receive clothing allotments two times a year. They are able to shop our Thrift Store for Clothing, Coats and Boots or Shoes to fit the immediate need. Hence the name "One to Wear One to Wash". 124 households received clothing, household furnishings and/or furniture for a total of over $10,713.00 for our Thrift Shop to meet emergency or new housing needs.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Veterans

The Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Loan Program offered by Northwest Montana Veterans Stand Down and Food Pantry serves to provide low-income, at-risk individuals with medical equipment free of charge. - Our program:
o Grants 4 month to 8 month medical equipment loans free of charge.
o Also, allows individuals to purchase equipment at a discounted price to suit long-term needs.
o Provides the resources necessary for promoting independence and confidence.
o Improves quality of life while saving hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses.
During 2022 1,824 individuals either borrowed or purchased Medical Equipment.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Caregivers

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Veterans are a unique population. Due to their training they only rely on themselves and each other-they typically will not ask for help. We want to be here to have the services and help they need and offer a "Helping Hand" to them.

#1 Provide immediate relief from trauma and isolation. Veterans are brought together in a safe, secure area, with assurance that there is help available.

#2 Provide access to short and long term resources, food, clothing, medical care, housing,employment and community resources.

#3 Continual efforts to increase community awareness about our Veterans' needs and our individual and collective obligations.

#4 Develop long term solutions throughout the community, including transitional and permanent housing, drug and alcohol recovery, employment counseling and placement. Ultimately, self-sufficiency, re-entry and community validation.

We administer a multi-faceted operation designed to accommodate each individual's unique needs. Our mission is to offer wraparound services to our qualifying veterans through the many aspects of our program which include

* Raising community awareness to and advocating for the unmet needs of veterans.
* Nourishing hungry veterans and their families with nutritional food boxes.
* Equipping homeless and newly housed veteran households with clothing and furnishings.
* Outreaching as many veterans as possible through our biannual Stand Downs.
* Helping clients obtain Veterans Affair benefits and medical system enrollment.
* Providing veteran to veteran peer counseling and referrals to homeless shelters, housing, jobs, VA medical clinics, mental health specialists and other community resources.
* Building self esteem by extending a helping hand up NOT a hand out; we provide a warm welcome, haircuts by appointment, access to laundry & shower facilities and hot coffee.

In 2022 we received a total of 162,112 pounds of food for our veterans and their immediate families. Our local community donated 148,250 pounds, or 88 % of this total, we purchased 6% and the remaining 6%.

The other services we offer are Showers and Laundry facilities, Monthly Haircuts, Access to the Internet and Peer Counseling, Community Referrals for local services and Medical Equipment loans.

The Veterans Clothing & More Store is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Monday thru Friday from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm with the proceeds going to support our mission. We offer friendly service and quality merchandise at community prices.

Although we do request a monetary donation, we work with our clients on an individual basis to meet their needs. Through the generosity of community donations we have been able to outfit thousands of men, women and children of all ages with clothing, footwear, blankets, household items and furniture.

Qualifying homeless veterans are equipped biannually with seasonally appropriate One (Outfit) to Wash/One (Outfit) to Wear and offered access to shower and laundry facilities.

We also offer "move in" assistance to our newly housed Veterans. This includes the basic essentials and some furniture. We also try to make sure they have a bed and bedding. New Quilts that are donated by local churches in the Valley are given to the head of household to help them make a home.

Durable Medical Equipment loan program was created to help the spouse/ family members of veterans access to equipment they may need for short to long term needs. With the success of the program we have been able to expand and offer our services to our community. Many individuals who use our service are low-income or do not have insurance to cover their needs. Loans can be extended to 240 days or 8 months at which time they may purchase the item at a discounted price. In 2018 we served 950 people with Medical Equipment.

Camp Ponderosa Veterans Retreat and Learning Center located in the Swan Valley . North West Montana Veterans Stand Down plans to form the operation as a new entity called the Camp Ponderosa Veterans Support and Training Center. The central purpose of the facility will be as a positive place for veterans to go where they can do simple things such as camp, hike, and enjoy the nature and solitude, as well as a venue for them to engage with professionals brought in to provide instruction and treatment for the issues of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and severe physical injuries. It will also offer respite care for veterans and their families through education, practice, and recreation.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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North West Montana Veterans Stand Down

Board of directors
as of 02/27/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Allen Erickson,SR

North West Montana Veterans Stand Down & Food Pantry

Term: 2000 -

Lynn P Ogle

Allen W Erickson, Sr

Linda L Erickson

Deborah Pancoast

Bonny Ogle

Robert West

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/27/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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