New Shelter Opens to Welcome the Homeless

The Poverello Center, Missoula’s only emergency homeless shelter, faced a critical need. Most nights, families and individuals were turned away because all 70 beds were filled, with up to 20 more people sleeping on blankets in the cafeteria and offices. Returning veterans also needed separate spaces and programs. With a combination of donor support, grants, loans from MoFi and US Bank, and New Markets Tax Credit financing, the new center opened in 2015, providing those in need with a safe place to spend the night when they need it most.