February 19, 2014
South central Montana’s unusually cold, icy winter has been especially hard on the folks who arrive on foot and by patrol car every day and night at the Community Crisis Center. All have serious mental illnesses or chemical dependencies; most have both. More than 80 percent are homeless or on the brink of becoming homeless.
The 24/7 crisis center has always been busy. This winter the small, nonprofit service at 704 N. 30th St. has been slammed. Last year, the center logged an average of 700 client service visits per month. That count surged to 785 in December and 950 in January. (more…)