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Common Good Missoula (CGM) Founding!

Events

From 5:00 to 6:30 pm, you will have a chance to support an Indigenous art market and buy great food from Missoula’s food trucks while enjoying visits with old and new friends. Bring lawn chairs. 

The program, beginning at 6:30, will include drumming, a prayer by Leo John Bird, and a concluding round dance.  Speakers include Miskanahk (Suzanne) Karhlio-Dzus of the Calgary Alliance, D’Shane Barnett of the Missoula City-County Health Department, community chaplain Courtney Arntzen, Winona Bateman of Families for a Livable Climate, and other leaders. We will also hear from and get public commitments from Mayor Engen, Commissioner Slotnick, and Senator Ellie Boldman.

Sign language interpreters will be interpreting during the program from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  

Purpose: Celebration and Public Commitment

This founding celebrates and commits to continue the work leaders and organizations across Missoula have been doing for over six years for the common good, first through Missoula Interfaith Collaborative (MIC), then for the last three years across the entire civil sector of Missoula, including non-profits, neighborhood associations, unions, and Missoula Interfaith Collaborative.  

Our member institutions have had multiple successes. Neighbors in East Missoula created East Missoula United, which has successfully interacted with the county commissioners and planning boards to influence development and the direction of East Missoula. East Missoula United continues to engage neighbors in garbage and trash clean ups as well as substantive contributions to community planning. The commissioners called the initial engagement “the most organized and well researched contribution to a zoning change they had ever seen and were quite pleased to be able to vote in support of the community.” Additionally, CREW, which organizes in conjunction with NMCDC (the Common Good Missoula member), had multiple successful neighborhood engagements in 2021 around White Pine Sash and the West Broadway Master Plan. Through door knocking, genuine public engagement meetings and relational organizing, the planners, developers and neighbors were truly able to work together with common vision.

Commitments

Both strong individuals and strong institutions are essential for building a strong community. Institutional problems require institutional solutions. Long-term solutions require long-term commitments. Citizens – through their organizations – are joining to commit publicly to working together for the long-term benefit of our fellow Missoulians. 

Truth and Reconciliation 

One of our main emphases over the last several years has been developing a deep and meaningful partnership with Indigenous community members. We will celebrate the work these organizations and leaders have done and commit to further Truth and Reconciliation. Our Wrestling with the Truth of Colonization Workshops have helped over 200 Missoulians face the history of our valley and acknowledge our roles within that narrative. By facing these hard truths, we will move toward being a true interracial organization built on trust and allyship. We are making a public commitment to continue this work and expand the participation base. Our institutions are ready to work alongside All Nations Health Center and other organizations to incorporate Indigenous ideas and knowledge and concerns into our organizing.

Join Us!

Come celebrate our accomplishments and witness our public commitments to future work for the common good. We hope you can join us for this special evening. 

Common Good Missoula
http://www.commongoodmissoula.org/

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The Power of Relationship

  By Zeke Campfield, Director, Housing Advocate Network

I wasn’t surprised to read in a online article  that providing a small but consistent cash stream to a pool of unhoused individuals in San Francisco ultimately led to most of them finding housing. After all, why should it make a difference whether a housing resource came in the form of a voucher or cold, hard cash? Those who advocate to keep the “middle man” in this equation might consider learning more about the root causes of homelessness.

What was surprising was further in the article, a little affirmation about what we’re trying to do at MIC’s Housing Advocate Network: To get the money, the participants had to agree to a continued relationship with a volunteer friend. The idea is about understanding “relational poverty” as a barrier to accessing resources in what can be incredibly confusing and demoralizing service delivery systems.

“Building a relationship with a volunteer helped recipients begin to believe in a different future … Volunteers also helped recipients talk through how they could use the money to reach specific goals.”

One study participant said his volunteer gave him “hope, confidence, and friendship” – three essentials that equipped him with the strength and confidence to change. Perhaps we all take for granted the importance of our relationships in brining our behavior, values and goals into alignment?

When I talk to folks in Missoula about volunteering for HAN – a real, tangible way citizens can participate in local housing solutions – I sometimes run into some typical lines of resistance: Time is always top dog, but “I don’t know anything about housing” is also common. There’s also resistance that’s rooted in a culture that sees votes, money and social media debates as the true venue for addressing social issues. Isn’t this what we’re paying our city council to fix?

  Let’s walk through this one at a time:

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Baskets of Love- Welcome Baskets

Donations Accepted in February

As families from Family Promise or individuals from the Housing Advocate Network “graduate” into homes of their own, each receives appropriately sized housewarming gifts of necessary supplies needed to reestablish home life. In 2021, 20 deliveries were made.    Donations of supplies, gas cards, gift cards, or financial donations are needed to restock the shelves. Click the button below to signup and help restock our shelves in February.

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THANK YOU! MIC Fundraiser

THANKS to all of you who participated in the MIC Gratitude through Action Gala and Auction.   The auction and pie sales were great fun!   We had some very happy bidders! 

Did you miss our Virtual Gala? 

Click the button below to check out our progress on our goal and to view the video. Available through Friday, December 3, 2021
If you were able to watch and have not yet donated, please consider making a gift.  Every gift – no matter the size – helps us help others.

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MIC Fundraiser: Gratitude Through Action

Thank you for supporting the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative. This fundraiser will benefit Missoula Works, Family Promise, the Housing Advocate Network and Common Good Missoula. 

Register now to join our VIRTUAL GALA on Zoom on November 9th from 7-8 pm for a time of celebration, reflection, and inspiration.   Come learn about MIC programs, hear stories and learn about how to support our work into the next year.  Can’t attend at that time?  Register and we will send you a link to the recording. 

NEW THIS YEAR-  Pie Sales and Online Auction! November 1-12th. 

PIE SALES   Pumpkin and apple pies are for sale in the online store for $15 each.  Limited quantity so don’t wait! 

ONLINE AUCTION Check out the auction tab to see what our wonderful supporters have donated! The auction will will close Friday, November 12th at 8 pm.  Pies, candies, hand made items, gift baskets and more.

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Gratitude through Action Virtual Gala & Online Auction Fundraiser

Join us for MIC’s End of year Fundraiser to include a Virtual Gala on zoom on November 9th from 7-8 pm. We are also holding a pie sale & silent auction online from November 1st- November 12th.

Do you know a good pie maker? We are looking for people to make apple and pumpkin pies to be delivered in mid November. We also are looking for auction items to include speciality pies, baked goods, gift baskets, wine basket, experiences (e.g. cabin on a lake), photographs, paintings, services…. you name it ! Be creative! Sign up by October 30th to donate items! Check out our Virtual Gala & Online Auction Site for more details and to register.

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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. 

2205 34th St. Missoula, MT 59801 | micmt.org |406) 207-8228

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Family Promise Night Without a Bed Fundraiser

Thanks for your support! ! 

Thanks for showing your support for children and families battling homelessness and raise awareness of this crisis by joining Family Promise’s National fundraiser !

Night Without A Bed Sleep-out

June 26th, 2021   

We raised$15,940 of our $20,000 Goal

with 85 Donors!

All funds will go to support Family Promise- Missoula

THANK YOU!

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Family Promise… entering a new era

REFLECTION ON OPENING OUR DOORS AT THE MEADOWLARK

Terry Burke, Family Promise Advisory Team

On Mother’s Day on May 13, 2012, Family Promise of Missoula opened their doors bringing
hope to families experiencing homelessness; to regain their housing, their independence, and their dignity. A special thanks to the dedicated team from Missoula who laid the groundwork for Family Promise.

In 2013, Missoula Interfaith Collaborative (MIC) formed to strengthen community organizations, generate leaders, and foster meaningful relationships as they act for the common good. In 2016, Family Promise of Missoula merged with MIC to work together and leverage their strengths.

In August 2019, the YWCA and MIC broke ground for the Meadowlark to provide critical support and shelter for victims of domestic violence and homeless families.

Family Promise, since 2012, has served up to 4 families at a time and now, in collaboration with
the YWCA, will be able to serve 31 families. Additionally the YWCA will house up to
13 households fleeing domestic violence at the Meadowlark. We, the volunteers, the local
congregations, and the community partners, have come together to make a difference. On Mother’s Day, 2021, our Family Promise families will spend their first night in the Family Housing Center… a new era for Family Promise. 

Thank you Missoula for all your support in making this a reality!

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