Intermountain Children's Home

Intermountain needs your help raising money for the chapel.  The chaplain’s program is very successful in building up the spiritual lives of kids at Intermountain. Both kids and parents have repeatedly said that the chaplain’s program is very important to their overall treatment. Sadly though, the program has no permanent home on campus. Several years ago, a generous donor made a gift to Intermountain so that the old Bridger Cottage could be remade into a chapel. Then, just last month, a private foundation announced a challenge grant to help Intermountain finish the chapel project. To meet this challenge, they must raise $100,000 byNovember 1st. Each dollar you give between now and November 1, 2016, to this effort will be matched DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR. Now is a great time to DOUBLE THE IMPACT of your gift to Intermountain. Donations can be sent to Intermountain, noting the donation is for the chapel.  Click here to read more. 

Healing Through Healthy Relationships

Intermountain is a nationally accredited,  non-profit organization. We provide mental health and educational services to effectively meet the diverse needs of children and families facing emotional challenges. Our primary services include: residential treatment, community based services, and community trainings.  Operating for more than 100 years, Intermountain is one of Montana's oldest child welfare agencies.
 
The United Methodist Church has a long history with Intermountain.  Brother Van and Louise Stork convinced the Wesleyan University board to convert the abandoned campus in the Helena Valley into the Montana Deaconess School. Intermountain got its start in 1909 when Brother Van declared “we cannot continue to allow the suffering of children to go unchallenged.”  The Intermountain-Methodist connection has remained strong since then.  Currently, Intermountain specializes in providing comprehensive treatment to youth impacted by emotional disorders and trauma.  Their programs are located throughout the state, in private homes, schools, clinics, and group homes.  Their website is www.intermountain.org.  
 
The UMC is 1 of 4 supporting denominations to the agency, and represented by Crystal Amundson on the agency’s Board of Directors.  Crystal is available as a liaison and can be reached at cvamundson@gmail.com.  Intermountain employs a full-time chaplain, Chris Haughee, to meet the spiritual needs of those served by Intermountain.  Chris is a fantastic resource for everything from liturgical resources, to pulpit supply, to youth group curriculums.  You can learn more about ministry program at http://www.intermountainministry.org

How Can I Get Involved?

Sponsor a Camper

Each year, Intermountain brings 40 of it’s highest needs youth to Flathead UMC for a summer camp experience.  Because of the circumstances and symptoms surrounding these children, this is usually their first experience of summer camp.  Your congregation can help keep this opportunity a financial reality for the agency in one (or more!) of the following ways:

  • Pay a camper’s way.  Registration is $120 per camper, and Intermountain sends over 50 campers & staff each year.
  • Sponsor snacks!  S’mores and songs around the campfire are a favorite, and cost $0.25/each.
  • Sponsor crafts!  The camp staff entertain and challenge campers with various craft projects.  A donation of $15 would cover one camper’s crafts.
  • Build a basket. 
    • Rockin’ Road Trip: Make the road trip an enjoyable one by throwing together a gas gift card, fun CD, snacks, and games.  We’re looking for 5 baskets.
    • Big Splash: The kids love the water!  Help them be sun smart by packing a basket with sunscreen, beach towels, gift cards for sunshirts and swim shoes (so staff can buy the correct sizes), and water toys.  We’re looking for 5 baskets.

 

With over 100 years experience in the field of child welfare, Intermountain has developed a reputation for innovation and dedicated staff.  We remain committed to providing an array of services for children and families who face challenges associated with emotional disorders and complex trauma. 

 
To learn more about Intermountain: www.intermountain.org