HOMELESS OUTREACH PROGRAM
Our Homeless Ministry is expanding!!!! Deacon Connie is spearheading a community effort to build housing (based on the Housing First model) for the chronically homeless in Bozeman. This collaborative effort is with HRDC and the School of Architecture. Learn more on the Housing First website and Facebook pages. For more information, contact Deacon Connie.
The Canterbury House is now up and running. Currently it provides transitional housing for four homeless women and was officially opened December, 2016.
Built in 1879 by Byron Vreeland, the house is among the most significant historic houses in Bozeman due to both its age and architecture. It is one of a pair of houses built for rental by Samuel Lewis, a prosperous barber, who was born in the West Indies and travelled extensively before opening his business in Bozeman in 1868. Lewis went on to bulid several other homes and commercial buildings in Bozeman. While Lewis himself lived on South Bozeman Ave, early renters of this house included TB Sackett, a saloon keeper from New York and in the 1920's and 1930's, Emmet White, a laborer at the Bozeman Canning Co. Since that time, the house served as a Sunday school for Grace Bible Church. When Grace relacated in 1999, the Tracy St. property was sold to St. James Episcopal Church. Part of the property became a memorial garden and park. The House was named Canterbury House and since then has been used for college ministry, youth groups, meetings and staff purposes. From 2006-2008, St. James offered Canterbury House rent-free to Family Promise, a non-profit organization serving homeless families with children. The house served as the day center for these families, who with the help of social workers, sought lasting solutions to their unique problems. Canterbury House has since been remodeled and repurposed into what you see today. As part of its on-going community outreach programs, St. James has partnered with HRDC to use Canterbury House to provide low-cost transitional housing for single and pregnant women. You can contact HRDC or Teresa Scheie for more details about application to the facility.
Due to St. James' generous help, a "warm necessities" room has been set up at the Open Doors Drop-In Center, 699 Farmhouse Road, a branch of the Gallatin County Mental Health Center. Folk who are homeless or in need can come to the Drop-In Center and receive socks, coats, blankets and other items needed to keep warm and dry in this harsh weather. We would like to keep this ministry going!! Contributions of warm socks, blankets, sleeping bags, hats, gloves and coats may either be taken directly to the Drop-In Center or brought to St. James for delivery to the center. The Drop-In Center is open Monday through Friday,
9 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Bozeman's Warming Center is up and running, providing shelter at night for those who otherwise would be out in the cold from November 1-March 31 every winter. The Warming Center has its own set of needs and St. James is stepping up to the plate once again. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors (both men's and ladies') and shaving cream are on our list. These can be brought to church through March. There will be a basket for donations in the entrance area of the Office Wing. Drop off a razor or two, some socks and other warm things on the way to coffee hour! Your help is greatly appreciated.