Glenda Quintana

Glenda Quintana speaks with a group of women at the Montana Rescue Mission Women and Children's Shelter about faith.

Gazette Staff

The Awakening Hope for the Homeless concert featuring John Roberts Y Pan Blanco is set for Saturday, Sept. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Pioneer Park.

The concert is free, but there will be opportunities at the event to help raise money for the Montana Rescue Mission Women and Children's Shelter remodel project.

The project will provide a more secure entry to the shelter and space where residents can meet with social service agencies, according to Denise Smith, public relations director the MRM.

Volunteer Glenda Quintana, a teacher at West High School, has been working with residents at the shelter since January. She got behind the idea of a concert to help raise awareness about the needs of the shelter because she believes the shelter helps change lives.

“Their circumstances do not define who they are,” Quintana said. “The shelter is building a foundation for these women and there is growth and change.”

Quintana collaborated with local dancers for event, Beauty for Ashes, raising $250 for the shelter. When she discovered there was a need for volunteers to help lead worship programs, she began spending one evening a week using art and music to teach the residents lessons about faith.

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Entertainment Reporter

Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.