As the wife of a Coast Guard reservist who previously served eight years in active duty, Erica Zutz understands the challenges of military families: modest pay, busy schedules and the hassle of finding — and affording — quality child care.
All of the faith communities in Billings that took part in a recent survey say that helping the poor and homeless is woven into the fabric of their religious beliefs.
Deidre Loftus, left, and Jessi Courier are AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers working on a faith initiative for the city of Billings. The pair is focused on connecting faith groups with each other and with service providers that help the city's poor and homeless.
With the help of the Billings library TECH Center and a pair of Billings architects — one of them in training, the other practicing — a group of 10 Billings area teenagers learned last week how to design, render and print everyday items in three dimensions.
AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers Bridget Johnson, left, and Kersey Voss help dig a trench foundation for a raised bed in the community garden at Lockwood School on Saturday, April 5, 2014.
Lockwood Schools employee Michele Prange, left, and her husband Fred joined dozens of volunteers working on the community garden at the school Saturday, April 5, 2014.
Maggie Harkins is a FoodCorps service member at the Yellowstone Valley Boys and Girls Club. Pictured Saturday, April 5, 2014.
Volunteers Mikayla Ramsey, 6, left, and Chris Wells with Kohl’s Cares works on the community garden at Lockwood School on Saturday, April 5, 2014.
Volunteer Tyler Andersen, 12, helps prepare beds at the community garden at Lockwood School on Saturday.
A survey to get a better idea of how many homeless youth live in Billings has wrapped up, and a handful of Americorps VISTA members and volunteers are poring over and analyzing the data.
Sheri Boelter, executive director of the Tumbleweed program, which works with homeless youth, calls them Billings’ “purposefully invisible” population.
Two new resources for homeless people were introduced at an afternoon reception in Billings on Tuesday.
Sue Runkle, left, chair of the Mayor’s Committee on Homelessness, and Kelly Fessler, an AmeriCorps VISTA member, listen as Mayor Tom Hanel speaks during a reception at RiverStone Health on Tuesday.
Sue Runkle, left, chair of the Mayor’s Committee on Homelessness, and Kelly Fessler, an AmeriCorps VISTA member, listen as Mayor Tom Hanel speaks during a reception in June. The homelessness committee currently has a dozen openings.
The Salvation Army’s Middle Ground program celebrates kids and community. Now, it’s time for the community to celebrate the great work the nonprofit organization does preparing students for the world.
If there’s anything playwrights Ryan Gage and Shad Scott would like the audience to understand when they see their new play, “And I Know,” it’s that homelessness is more than the images you see on television.
A new crop of community gardens in Billings will sprout in the coming spring weeks.
Katerina Mendoza wore a slightly dented visor that she plucked from a pile of clothing she was sorting at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store on Wednesday.
Americorps VISTA volunteers Jessie Obee and Amy Dixon read a passage from an interview with a homeless child at the Montana Rescue Mission Women's and Family Shelter.
Housing Authority of Billings Community Gardens and King’s Ace Hardware have partnered to fight hunger in Billings with a Christmas garden tool drive. Organizers say it is a gift that keeps giving.