Rocky Mountain Development Council, Inc. strives to improve the quality of life and promote self-sufficiency for individuals and families. Our vision is to improve the lives of all individuals and families served by us through shared respect, empathy, integrity and accountability.
Rocky primarily serves Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, and Jefferson Counties (referred to as the Tri-Counties). We operate community and family programs for all ages, but mostly address children, older adults, the working poor and families facing crisis. Our programs address the following community needs: energy assistance, food and nutrition, childcare, homeless prevention and assistance, housing, senior information and services, and senior volunteer opportunities. Each program consists of smaller sub-programs which allow for a greater reach and more specified type of assistance for individuals and families in need.
In 2017, nearly 34,000 meals were served in our senior centers, and over 66,000 meals were delivered to seniors in the Tri-Counties. Over 2,000 households received energy assistance via our Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). Our Area IV Agency on Aging program provided over 1,500 one-on-one consultations for seniors and people with disabilities. Spirit of Service (SOS) organized 500 volunteers and 30 business partners to perform yard work on 54 senior homes in the Helena area. As part of the Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent Programs, volunteers provided over 60,000 hours of transportation to homebound seniors and over 50,000 hours of mentorship to K-12 students. Head Start funded enrollment for 236 students, 179 of whom were below 100% of poverty. 26 of the 392 people who attended Homebuyer Education classes purchased homes. Affordable Housing operated nearly 300 safe, affordable rental units in the Tri-County area.
We always welcome financial donations to boost any of our programs in need, and supply donations for Head Start, Rocky Mountain Preschool Center, Weatherization, Spirit of Service and our senior centers. One of our primary fundraising campaigns is for a new Meals on Wheels truck to continue delivering meals to seniors in our community.
We are participating in Greater Helena Gives on April 2nd and 3rd. We will be hosting Head Stat Extravaganza on April 25th. Otherwise, we are hoping to fill our calendar with more brewery/restaurant fundraising nights throughout the spring and summer.
We are in desperate need of a new Meals on Wheels truck. We use the rest of our unspecified donation funds wherever the need is greatest among our various programs.