The Salvation Army is committed to remaining a leader in the delivery of human services in Missoula, Montana. For this reason, a successful major gift initiative is required to enable The Salvation Army to expand with a new Corps Community Center. As a community leader has stated “Don’t less-fortunate families in our community deserve programs and services that build self-esteem and self-worth?” In response, the Missoula Salvation Army is introducing a multi-year major gift initiative that responds to expressed human and community needs in Missoula and Missoula County.

Recently, the Missoula Salvation Army has offered programs for less-fortunate families in order to help children build self-esteem and self-worth. Vibrant character-building programs offer life skills and meals to children every week. The hope is to transition these character-building programs into an afterschool program that not only helps children with school work, but also expands their world through music, art, science and math. Education is the key to create change in less-fortunate families while benefitting neighborhoods and communities. The Salvation Army of Missoula strongly believes that children need to be prepared to receive that education, which is why The Salvation Army provides hundreds of children and teens with backpacks filled with school supplies and a shopping trip to buy new school clothes.

When we provide character-building programs, after school programs or a good start to the school year, we are not just providing a service we are changing lives. A new Corps Community Center is the hub of that life-change.

The Salvation Army Missoula Corps Community Center will provide underprivileged individuals and low-income families with a comprehensive multilevel program that will assist them in increasing their self- sufficiency and self-worth. This holistic program allows people to become physically, mentally and spiritually healthy.

Through the sale of its downtown properties, The Salvation Army is able to construct Phase I of the community center, which is pictured here. This includes office space, places for spiritual growth, kitchen and dining areas, classrooms, multi-purposes rooms, shower and laundry facilities, and social services. Construction on Phase I has already begun with completion scheduled for Summer 2015. Phase II of the project includes the construction of a gymnasium, more classrooms and more meeting spaces, which will cost an additional $2 million.

In order to raise the additional $2 million, a major gift initiative is underway. This major undertaking is an exciting opportunity for leaders, volunteers and community members to work together to help bring a community center to the Riverfront Neighborhood. The improved and expanded services made possible by this fundraising campaign will assist our community's most disadvantaged citizen while providing the utmost dignity. You are invited to be a part of this campaign. We hope you share our enthusiasm for this important opportunity, and that you will make an investment in the future of our community. "A gift today preserves the hope for tomorrow."


Our Fundraising Committee

Lt. Joshua Hamilton, Corps Officer
Lt. Loreen Hamilton, Corps Officer
Gayle Rupert, Montana Food Bank Network - Co-Chair
Randy Rupert CTA Architects - Co-Chair
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Mayor John Engen, City of Missoula
Craig Aasved St. Patrick's Hospital
Dallas Neil, The Source Fitness Center
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