Navigators are volunteers who help low income individuals and families complete various applications for programs and services. They develop personal familiarity (not in-depth expertise) with available programs and services and are often times just a second set of eyes helping to complete applications.
What’s Lunch in the Sun you ask? Lunch in the Sun is a program that helps ensure that youth (up to 18 years old) receive a nutritious meal in the summer months when school is not in session. The program invites youth of all ages to come to the park and the pool, relax, enjoy a great meal, make a new friend, and participate in fun activities.
The Lunch in the Sun program has flourished in the community and is now being ran by local charity organizations feeding the community youth three days a week at two different locations and times. Providing this services takes away the stress of being hungry and lets the kids be kids.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Summer Food Service Program 40th, Red Lodge has been highlighted in the Montana Summer Food Service Program Report Card! Read the full report.
To develop this program, there was significant research performed by Americorps Vista, Garrison Daly, including survey distribution and evaluation, conducting community dialogues, establishing community partnerships and increasing provider relationships, and data analysis to identify key health issues that plague Carbon County. Mental health, alcohol and drug addiction, understanding the healthcare system, and resources for senior citizens have been recognized as opportunities for improvement.
Working with representatives throughout the community, we developed PEAK to address these disparities and to establish a rural health communication network (PEAK) consisting of providers and broad health related services of Carbon County. Recently, the program was renamed to Carbon County Connect because we felt this name was a better reflection of what this site can provide.
Carbon County Connect is led by representatives from Red Lodge Fire Rescue, Riverstone Health, Beartooth Billings Clinic, OP&WE Edwards Foundation, and St. Vincent’s Mountain View Clinic. The leaders have been collaborating different perspectives and resources to create a plan of action to produce the greatest impact possible.
Collaborating with Red Lodge Fire Rescue, Carbon County Connect is assisting in developing a tailored Community Paramedicine Program. Paramedicine involves expanding the role of Emergency Medical Services to fulfill primary and preventative care services while working closely with other community health providers to ensure improved community and patient health outcomes. Paramedics will use their role under licensed providers in collaboration with home care, mental health, and primary care to fill the gaps the community feels are most critical. Services are not aligned but there is a need for much more support. Two issues to target in the pilot Community Paramedicine program will include aiding with home care and mental health. To succeed, the development of PEAK Community Health Hub initiative is essential.
Carbon County Connect Community Health Hub initiative’s desired outcomes are: a). Health professionals easily locating consistent and up-to-date information of local services and educational opportunities for their clients. b). Decrease gaps and overlaps in services. c). Improve efficiency and impact.
This network will allow for providers and health services to work in-sync rather than as separate entities. It will form a more proactive, collaborative care environment through awareness of each health organization’s roles and services, improve delivery time, increase effectiveness, and foster responsible professional relationships.
On top of creating a resources in the community, Carbon County Connects Health Hub’s Education Campaign will increase awareness of resources available, develop programming to facilitate healthier lives including social support networks, personal mental health management, and community-wide wellness opportunities.
We call ourselves the Housing Committee. We are a group of dedicated community members who are invested in maintaining our small town culture by ensuring that the local workforce has access to affordable housing!
Our mission is to increase the quality and choices of housing in Red Lodge (particularly for low-to-moderate income households), provide the community with awareness of housing issues, and expand their housing opportunities through training and education. Our goal is to maintain the integrity and uniqueness of Red Lodge’s small town culture and strengthen its economic well-being by influencing the housing environment to be more affordable, attractive, stable, and accessible for the local working class. We hope to be efficient and knowledgeable, working with the community to remain a trusted partner and respected authority on housing issues.
Although there are many important housing needs to be addressed in Red Lodge, including housing for seniors and disabled, the Housing Committee identified through a Housing Needs Assessment that the most pressing concern is to provide for the existing and future workforce.
In the Fall of 2015, the Habitat for Humanity chapter in Carbon County decided to discontinue its work after 20 years. Habitat for Humanity had been an excellent resource in the Red Lodge Area for constructing affordable housing and unifying many community volunteers. Although Habitat for Humanity was closing, the need for affordable housing was still prevalent and it was important to the community to keep Habitat for Humanity’s assets in the area so they could continue to benefit local residents. The Red Lodge Area Community Foundation was selected to receive the assets and continue affordable housing efforts. The Foundation brought together local community members to create a committee to serve as advisers on housing in Red Lodge, establishing the first Red Lodge Housing Committee.
Great question! We are always looking for volunteers to support our projects or add their expertise to our Housing Committee. Just give us a call or an email and we will be happy to connect you to our latest opportunities!
Kristen Hollum – Project Director of Red Lodge Area Community Foundation (RLACF)
Natalie Wilson – Housing Coordinator (RLACF)
Tracy Timmons – Executive Director (RLACF)
Marcella Manuel – Coldwell Banker
Peter Italiano – City of Red Lodge Community Development Director
Stephanie Hyvonen – Bank of Red Lodge
Molly Kidder – Altana Federal Credit Union
Jo Ann Eder – Board of RLACF/Trust Montana
Kim Haman – First Interstate Bank
Jody Ronning – Hub International
As well as Val Smith, Dixie McCampbell, Chuck Aurand and all our volunteers and advisers!
The Directory is a free, easy to access online listing of programs and organizations that provide services to Carbon County Residents. The purpose of the directory is to connect people, especially people with low to moderate income, to service providers for the Carbon County area.
For seniors living on a fixed income, retired, or working part time, we consider what happens when you have an episodic emergency. Your car breaks down? A tree falls in your yard? You break your only pair of glasses? Pay your heat bill or get glasses? This Fund makes sure no one has to choose.
Since the origination of the fund, we have seen these successes.
Senior Ark 2014-2016 Expenditures
|Average grant dollar amount awarded: $770.16
Red Lodge: 13
Belfry, Bridger: 3
Carbon County: 24 families = Free Firewood
Personal/Misc.: $649.08 (art class, tooth extraction, wheelchair battery)