Human Services

West Mont

dignity - ability - choice

aka West Mont

Helena, MT

Mission

Creating Opportunities that Promote Respect and Quality of Life for People with Disabilities

Ruling Year

1984

President/Executive Director

Ashleigh Heimbach

Main Address

2708 Bozeman Ave.

Helena, MT 59601 USA

Formerly Known As

West Mont Independent Support Services Inc.

Keywords

Housing, Vocational and Recreational Services for People with Developmental Disabilities

EIN

81-0402506

 Number

4222880307

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Group Home (Long Term (P73)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

West Mont Farm & Gardens group home was built in 1989 by mostly volunteers. The Farm is located on 34 acres in the Helena valley. Phase I of the Farm project was renovating the home. Over the years, it became quite evident that it was lacking in several areas including ADA accessibility. In addition to the group home, it is an agricultural vocational program for 25 people with disabilities. The renovations to the home were completed in October 2019. Phase II of the Farm project is to do major updates to the grounds. West Mont continues to raise funds for its Farm & Gardens project. The first phase of the project was to do much needed improvements to the group home. The second phase is includes extensive updates on the land. This will include adding community gardens, a maze, and Interpretative Path with antique farm equipment that has already been donated. We are planning on breaking ground on the new landscaping and additions in 2020.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Vocational Services

Residential Services

Melodee House Respite

The Caldwell House & Ron's Place

West Mont Flower & Trading Co.

Nursing Care

West Mont Farm & Gardens

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

People with disabilities,

People with intellectual disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our annual Family Fun Day event at our Farm. was cancelled in 2019 because of construction. This 26-year tradition is a popular community attraction and family event. We look forward to 2020!

Number of adults with disabilities living in congregate care facilities

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

People with disabilities,

People with intellectual disabilities

Related program

Residential Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our services are contracted/funded by the MT DPHHS Developmental Disabilities Dept. state general fund & federal medicaid program. There is a minimum wait of at least 36-months to receive services.

Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults,

People with disabilities,

People with intellectual disabilities

Related program

Vocational Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

In addition to providing care for full-time residents, we offer in-house vocational/job programs, community job placement, as well as employment & services for those living on their own.

Number of volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Typically 150+ people donate their time, our Operating Co. & Foundation Boards of Directors, Development team. In 2019, volunteers were not needed as event was cancelled due to the Farm construction.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

West Mont maintains its commitment to developing and providing services for those with developmental disabilities. Our current project is West Mont Farm & Gardens. Prior to this, Ron's Place was built and completed in 2016. Ron's Place is a new group home for medically fragile people with disabilities who require nursing care and more attention than what a traditional group home environment can provide. Once Ron’s Place was completed, we turned our focus to the Farm group home and its land which is in need of upgrades and extensive renovations. West Mont Farm & Gardens group home was built in 1989 by mostly volunteers. The Farm is located on 34 acres in the Helena valley. Phase I of the Farm project was renovating the home. Over the years, it became quite evident that it was lacking in several areas including ADA accessibility. In addition to the group home, it is an agricultural vocational program for 25 people with disabilities. Phase II of the Farm project is to do major updates to the grounds. West Mont continues to raise funds for its Farm & Gardens project. We completed Phase I of the project, major renovations and much needed improvements to the group home. Phase II includes extensive updates on the land. This will include adding community gardens, a maze, and Interpretative Path with antique farm equipment that has already been donated. The renovations to the home were completed in October 2019. We are planning on breaking ground on the new landscaping and additions in 2020. Our Tara group home is also in need of renovations. It is one of our larger residential programs, housing 14 people with disabilities within its group home and adjacent apartment complex. Interior repairs will include new counter tops and updating as well as remodeling the garage which functions as a storage facility for the home. The grounds at Tara need to be more accessible and practical for the clients that live there. It is in need of new fencing, a new deck, patios, and updated landscaping. West Mont also continues to formulate new ways to generate income for its programs and expansion efforts. Although most of our funding is from the government, in order for us to expand programs or build new facilities, we must raise the revenue. We want to continue to provide new opportunities and choices that empower people with disabilities.

For West Mont to expand services or build new facilities, we must raise the funds through grants, donors, fundraising events, or secure loans. For several years, West Mont did extensive fundraising for Ron's Place and was fortunate to raise all of the money for this project. We broke ground on this new facility in October 2014 and construction was completed in September 2015. Ron’s Place became a reality! In 2016, West Mont received a $35,000 CDBG Planning Grant for an architectural study of how to improve our Farm & Gardens group home. This grant identified several problems with the home. In 2019, extensive renovations and updating was done to the home including electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems, a deck expansion, and the bathrooms, kitchen, living, and exercise rooms were all remodeled to make them more accessible. All doorways were widened to ADA standards and an 8th bedroom constructed to add an 8th resident. The furnace and roof were at the end of their life cycle and replaced. The home was brought up to current Building Codes Standards. For the Farm project, we have done a lot of fundraising. We were awarded 2-HUD grants, a $450,000 CDBG, and $273,000 HOME grant. We also received a number of other grants including $150,000 from the MJ Murdock Trust and $75,000 from the Treacy Foundation. Although the group home project is now completed, we continue to pursue additional funding so that we can complete Phase II of the project. We anticipate the total cost of the entire project will be $1,150,000+ to complete all of the work needed. Because we incurred debt with the Caldwell House, a previous project, all of the funding must be raised. We are also expanding vocational opportunities for our clients so that they can learn and develop basic job skills in a structured environment. Our trained staff offers supervision and job coaching to help them reach their maximum potential. Our clients enjoy meaningful and fulfilling work that gives them a sense of accomplishment and the opportunity to earn a paycheck.

West Mont has a proven track record of completing projects and expanding programs. When we built Ron’s Place, we did extensive fundraising. We were awarded numerous grants including a $450,000 Community Development Block Grant, $253,000 HOME grant, $150,000 from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and $100,000 Treacy Foundation. These grants along with donations and grants from many others resulted in Ron's Place becoming a reality. West Mont was successful with securing all of the funding to build this facility and incurred no debt with this project. We must achieve the same results for our Farm & Gardens project. We have spent several years raising money for this project. In October 2019, we completed major renovations and updates to the Farm group home. Once again, we were able to raise all of the funds for this portion of the Farm project. Due to extensive fundraising, we were able to complete the group home renovations debt free. Our goal is to continue this fundraising success to be able to complete Phase II of the Farm project. In 2013, West Mont's floral vocational program relocated to a new larger location and West Mont Flower & Trading Company was created. This shop provides vocational training and jobs for people with disabilities. Working alongside our florists, clients learn how to make floral arrangements, help customers in the retail store, assist with deliveries, and other duties that go along with working in a retail floral shop. Clients not only are learning new skills, they are earning a paycheck. Although our shop is still operating in the 'red,' our floral business continues to grow each year and in 2020, we were voted the #1 Florist in the Best of Helena survey! West Mont's ice business also continues to grow. With expanded storage space, we are now able to offer our product to a wider range of stores. In addition to providing increased vocational opportunities for our clients, another major goal of these programs will be to help generate revenue.

We know we are making progress by seeing our planned projects become reality. Ron's Place was completed in 2016 and provides for West Mont's most medically fragile clients. Our clients will be able to stay with us even when they develop more intense medical needs. Ron's Place is located adjacent to another West Mont facility, the Caldwell House, which is a similar new residential facility that was built in 2011. Residents of both facilities have opportunities to interact, socialize, and enjoy recreational activities with their peers. A major milestone was completed after years of fundraising. Our Farm group home recently completed major renovations in October 2019. We were fortunate to be the recipient of many donations and several grants including CDBG, HOME, MJ Murdock, and Treacy Foundation. All were critical for the Farm & Gardens group home project to happen. We continue to raise funds are for Phase II of this project. West Mont Flower & Trading Company has expanded client learning opportunities. What was originally 5-clients participating in our floral business have grown to 16-clients now learning a new trade. West Mont expanded its opportunities for bagged cubed ice, by purchasing a new freezer in 2015. This has enabled us to store more bags and increase our distribution throughout the marketplace. We know we are making progress with our vocational programs as each year we have more client participation. We have seen an increase in distribution and revenue while continuing to offer meaningful and fulfilling work for our clients.

We know we are making progress when we see our planned projects become reality. We have completed 3 major construction projects over the past 9-years, the Caldwell House (2011) and Ron's Place (2016), were both built to provide nursing care for our most medically fragile clients. Most recently (October 2019), our The Farm group home major renovations. This included a new bedroom addition, all bathrooms are now ADA, kitchen remodel, new deck, new carport, new roof, new furnace, expansion of the living and family rooms, and much more. It is like a brand new facility. The renovations will allow the clients living there to be able to live out their remaining lives. In the past, this facility would not have been able to meet the needs of someone need a mobility device. It is now fully ADA accessible! We were so fortunate to be the recipient of many donations and several grants including CDBG, HOME, MJ Murdock, and Treacy Foundation. All were critical for the Farm & Gardens group home project to happen. We now are focused on raising funds are for Phase II of this project. West Mont Flower & Trading Company has expanded client learning opportunities. What was originally 5-clients participating in our floral business have grown to 16-clients now learning a new trade. We are proud to say that our flower shop was voted the #1 Florist in the Best of Helena survey! West Mont expanded its opportunities for bagged cubed ice, by purchasing a new freezer in 2015. This has enabled us to store more bags and increase our distribution throughout the marketplace. We continue to look for ways to expand our businesses to create new revenue streams. We know we are making progress with our vocational programs as each year we have more client participation. We have seen an increase in distribution and revenue while continuing to offer meaningful and fulfilling work for our clients.

External Reviews

Accreditations

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Project Awardee 2012

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Project Awardee 2012

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Project Awardee 2016

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Project Awardee 2017

Awards

Business of the Year 2015

Chamber of Commerce

Gold Level 2015

Guidestar

MT Dept. of Commerce CDBG - $450,000 2012

U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Grant - $800 2016

Boeing Employees Community Fund

MT Dept. of Commerce $253,044 HOME Grant 2012

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Helena Area Community Foundation - $10,000 grant 2014

Community Foundation

Grant for new flower greenhouse $2,400 2016

Knights of Columbus

$450,000 MT Dept. of Commerce CDBG award 2017

US Department of Housing and Urban Development

$273,344 MT Dept. of Commerce HOME Grant 2017

US Dept of Housing and Urban Development

$150,000 Grant awarded for Farm renovation 2015

M J Murdock Grant

$35,000 MT Dept. of Commerce CDBG Planning Grant 2016

US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

Affiliations & Memberships

Chamber of Commerce 1990

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?

No

Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/21/2019

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

Race & Ethnicity

No data

Gender Identity

No data

Sexual Orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity Strategies

Last updated: 08/21/2019

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Data

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We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
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We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
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We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
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We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Policies and processes

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We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
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We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
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We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
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We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.