Crispen Martinez, right, shares a beer with Joe Lucas in a downtown alley in October. The two men are homeless and spend time at The HUB. Billings has seen an increase in the number of homeless people and in the number of people drinking on public streets.
A project designed to give low-income Billings residents a chance to express themselves creatively while raising awareness of the issues they face has been launched at The HUB Mental Health Center in Billings.
Katherine Doney, 14, grew up watching her mother volunteer, tagging along as she dropped off supplies or gave her free time to help.
The winter solstice, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, arrives at the end of this week.
The atmosphere was warm and the talk was cheerful.
Members of Governor Steve Bullock's staff toured Billings' services that cater to those who need assistance due to mental health issues.
In the first week of summer vacation, most youngsters are sleep in, relaxing in front of a TV, hanging out with their friends or chatting on their cell phones.
The Mental Health Center's PATH team members stand outside their office downtown. From left, they are: Allison VanDyke, Jenna Londynsky, Carmen Gonzalez, Josh Hall and Lona Forman.
The homeless man sat in the dining room of the Hub on Wednesday, waiting for lunch to be served.
Ask 57-year-old Billings native Paul Sorensen where he will sleep tonight and he points — here, there and everywhere.
Stephan Larsen hates not being able to work.
Tom Finn tried to drink away the horror of a semitrailer speeding toward his wife on the road behind his house in their Minnesota hometown.
Chris Suko used to live under a bridge on the east side of town.
Laura Belcourt never had much of a chance.
When the economy started to sink, Jay Miller found himself at the bottom of the company totem pole.
Students at Riverside Middle School assemble gift packages for clients of The Hub Thursday as part of a community service project.
Joe and Cindi Chalupa are getting a new water heater and roof repairs, thanks to Rebuilding Together and Lowes’s.
Donations from Billings Catholic Schools students are stacked in Carmen Gonzalez's office at The HUB on Friday. HUB staff members, from right, Caron Brooker, Richard Fox and Carrie O'Myer, sort items for delivery to the Red Cross shelter in Billings and the Crow Reservation.
Bike/Walk/Bus Week is under way in Billings and continues through Saturday with many events planned.
Sara Stout, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer who has been working at The Hub, visits with clients there.