Family Service has been helping neighbors in need for more than 110 years. We are one of the longest-serving nonprofit agencies in the State of Montana. That speaks highly of our community and how we come together to care for one another. We continue to exist thanks to the generosity of people living right here in Yellowstone County.

The methods used to deliver help have certainly changed over the years, but our central core beliefs remain the same:


A better life is possible for our neighbors in need


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.


history-bw-photoFormed 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, educational funding for better employment and other special projects.