M.I.C. Programs

These are a few of our long-running programs that have become staples in our community, continuing our goal to effect social change.

Helping support Missoula families with shelter, meals, and moral support.

housing Advocate Network

Understanding and addressing homelessness on an individual, and organizational level.

Common Good Missoula

A coordinated effort to identify and act on issues pressuring our lives, using the skills and practices of community organizing.

Providing temporary and permanent employment for the long term unemployed.

A partnership with the YWCA of Missoula to build a family housing center

Curb-side glass recycling and organics (compost) pick-up in Missoula

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Why Business Chaplaincy?

Every day employees struggle with life when a family member dies or a child is born. They do their best to cope when a divorce becomes finalized, or a move is imminent. Some people spiral toward languishing when a painful anniversary is on the horizon or work and family life become overwhelming. And, in the midst of this, employees keep working. Some employees may turn to the well-being options provided by their employees. A few employees may also call upon their pastor, rabbi, or a friend in their faith to assist as they navigate change and hardships; although not covered by company wellness offerings, this is also a helpful resource. Other employees do not have a faith community. They may not have a natural person to explore how their understanding of life, death, fear, purpose, and meaning may support or hinder them in their challenges. This is where chaplains often come into the picture.

Traditionally chaplains are found in military, prison, or hospital settings. In all these places, chaplains create opportunities and serve as a resource for anyone, regardless of faith association or spiritual understanding, to pay attention to their lives and connect their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual selves as they live amid challenging circumstances. We know life is challenging for us all. We also know that Missoulians are spiritually curious; however, only an estimated 10% access spiritual care through a faith community. Therefore, spiritual curiosities and life questions are unexplored, and people are unable to access their spiritual toolkit as they navigate the many challenges of life. This ultimately has detrimental effects on their ability to work, may lead to decreased performance, burnout, and for some, it becomes too much, and they resign.

A Business Chaplain provides presence and deep listening for employees when life impacts their ability to focus and work. A Business Chaplain assists them in drawing on their beliefs about life, purpose, and work as well as their fears, grief, and loss to help them live their most whole lives. Ultimately, this serves the companies who contract with the Missoula Chaplain in supporting their employees with this holistic approach to wellness. 

Ready to explore including a business chaplaincy in your employee wellness package? I look forward to hearing from you. 

Courtney Arntzen, Community Chaplain, courtney.arntzen@gmail.com, 406-544-2937

This work is held in sponsorship by the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative (MIC). To support this work, please send contributions to MIC with Community Chaplain in the memo or choose Community Chaplain from their drop-down donation menu on their website. 

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M.I.C. in action: Numbers and Statistics from 2020

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Missoulians engaged in community organizing efforts, uplifting often marginalized voices to the public sphere
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Congregations & Organizations providing radical hospitality to families experiencing homelessness
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Meals served per year in Family Promise
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Individuals and families in permanent housing with the help of a Housing Advocate
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This is what we stand for.

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Respect, Trust, and Collaboration - Our Vision

All congregations and community organizations will have the ability, respect, and trust to work together.

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Our Mission

To draw people together across civic, economic, political and religious divides to affect social change and develop public leaders. We exist to strengthen community organizations, generate leaders, and foster meaningful relationships as we act together for the common good.

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Our Values

Collaboration with our community

Empowerment for people and community

Respect, grounded in humility

Compassion through a desire to relieve suffering

Faith in action – by reflection and prayer

Social justice in our belief that people will thrive, when given resources, relationships and support!

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2205 34th St.

Missoula, MT 59801

Call us: 

406-207-8228