Women's And Family Shelter
SM Energy's Shawna Bonini, right, shows a newly remodeled bedroom at the Montana Rescue Mission Women and Families Shelter to Melinda Barrett, from major donor relations at the mission, on Wednesday. SM company employees spent 350 hours remodeling two rooms and painting two more.
It was the pets that really got Gary Smith's attention.
Robin Christofferson never got the chance to pound a single nail in the room — nicknamed "Robin's Nest" — at the Montana Rescue Mission Women's and Family Shelter that she'd prayed about, but she had as big a hand in its completion as anyone.
While a roomful of elementary-age children worked on art projects in an adjoining room, Gary Drake proudly showed off a new computer lab in the Women's and Family Shelter in downtown Billings.
Gary Drake, left, and Perry Roberts, of the Montana Rescue Mission, give a tour of the new computer lab in the Learning Center at the Women's and Family Shelter.
Jill Riley, of Navigate Church, is shown in the church's art gallery space above the Don Luis restaurant. Church members have been working on a variety of projects at the Women's and Family Shelter, which is a few doors down from Don Luis.
Starting over was a humbling experience for Nadine Bayly and her children.
Church of Christ's Steve Scovel welcomes Robert McDowell's family to their remodeled room at the Women's and Family Shelter on Thursday.
Sam Tallis was sitting at Stella's Kitchen and Bakery on Sunday morning, eating breakfast alone and watching the happy families celebrating Mother's Day.
Girlish Harrison and her sons Nehemiah, 8, and Noah, 4, stopped in Billings after traveling by bus from Cleveland. After looking at their picture on the back of the camera, Nehemiah said. “My mom is beautiful.”
Sebastino Stack, Sharon Johnson and their son, Lakota, were photographed in April at the Montana Rescue Mission Women’s and Family Shelter.
Shannon Roberson of Ballantine said, “I’m here because I’m homeless. I got in a fight with my fiance’s sister where I was living.” She was a resident of the shelter in April when this portrait was taken.
Melisa Bell, from South Carolina, had been at the shelter for two weeks when this photo was taken in April. Melisa said she would be on the streets if she didn’t have the mission for a refuge.
Originally from Helena, Rosemary LaFountaine came to the shelter after separating from her husband in Kalispell, where she lived for 20 years.
Lisa Brewer was a resident of the Montana Rescue Mission Women’s and Family Shelter in April when this portrait was taken.
Jeremy Burg is living at the shelter with his wife after traveling to Kalispell to find a job that was promised wasn’t available.
Catherine Blair, of Phoenix, is staying at the shelter because “my circumstances are that I have had a difficulty and I am living here until I get it sorted out.”
Chantina White Hip and her son, Rifawnio Red Star, are staying at the shelter for the first time. The shelter enables them to save money so they can “try and get on our feet in Billings.”
Amy Walters lost her house and her car as bills piled up. She takes the bus to work after breaking up with a boyfriend who “only hit me two times,” she said. “My parents are raising my kid; thank God he’s not here.” She is staying at the Montana Rescue Mission Women’s and Family Shelter.
Erica Walter Welch stayed at the shelter while looking for work after traveling from Cleveland. She said the shelter staff is very helpful and interested in listening. Erica hopes to find a job in Billings and get a place of her own.