Family Service has been helping our neighbors in need for more than 114 years. Our organization is one of the longest-serving nonprofit organizations in the state of Montana. This tenure speaks highly of our community and how we come together to care for one another.
The methods used to deliver help have certainly changed over the years but our central core beliefs remain the same:
OUR VISION and GOAL:
A better life is possible for our neighbors in need. Family Service provides options to allow low and very low-income families, seniors and individuals to lift themselves to stability and longer-term, to self-sufficiency.
Family Service prevents hunger, homelessness and poverty in Yellowstone County and surrounding areas through community involvement.
HOPE: It’s possible to imagine and achieve a better life.
COMPASSION: Those struggling deserve the chance for a new beginning.
DIGNITY: Individual autonomy is the foundation for positive choices.
RESPECT: We accept people for who they are and where they’re at in their lives.
COLLABORATION: Alleviating poverty is a community-wide investment.
Formed at the turn of the 20th century by a group of Billings pastors, Family Service has been active in Yellowstone County since 1906. Ledgers and notes from the early days show funds being used to help pay for medicine for sick children and clothing being provided to a family whose home was destroyed by fire.
Although, no longer run by area pastors, Family Service continues to extend a helping hand to neighbors in need through our bountiful food boxes, rent and utility assistance, clothing quarter and thrift store, education funding for better employment and other special projects.