Intermountain Children's Home
Healing Through Healthy Relationships
Intermountain is a nationally accredited, non-profit organization. We provide mental health and educational services to effectively meet the diverse needs of children and families facing emotional challenges. Our primary services include: residential treatment, community based services, and community trainings. Operating for more than 100 years, Intermountain is one of Montana's oldest child welfare agencies.
The United Methodist Church has a long history with Intermountain. Brother Van and Louise Stork convinced the Wesleyan University board to convert the abandoned campus in the Helena Valley into the Montana Deaconess School. Intermountain got its start in 1909 when Brother Van declared “we cannot continue to allow the suffering of children to go unchallenged.” The Intermountain-Methodist connection has remained strong since then. Currently, Intermountain specializes in providing comprehensive treatment to youth impacted by emotional disorders and trauma. Their programs are located throughout the state, in private homes, schools, clinics, and group homes. Their website is www.intermountain.org
The UMC is 1 of 4 supporting denominations to the agency, and represented by Crystal Amundson on the agency’s Board of Directors. Crystal is available as a liaison and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Intermountain employs a full-time chaplain, Chris Haughee, to meet the spiritual needs of those served by Intermountain. Chris is a fantastic resource for everything from liturgical resources, to pulpit supply, to youth group curriculums. You can learn more about ministry program at http://www.intermountainministry.org
How Can I Get Involved?
Sponsor a Camper
Each year, Intermountain brings 40 of it’s highest needs youth to Flathead UMC for a summer camp experience. Because of the circumstances and symptoms surrounding these children, this is usually their first experience of summer camp. Your congregation can help keep this opportunity a financial reality for the agency in one (or more!) of the following ways:
- Pay a camper’s way. Registration is $120 per camper, and Intermountain sends over 50 campers & staff each year.
- Sponsor snacks! S’mores and songs around the campfire are a favorite, and cost $0.25/each.
- Sponsor crafts! The camp staff entertain and challenge campers with various craft projects. A donation of $15 would cover one camper’s crafts.
- Build a basket.
- Rockin’ Road Trip: Make the road trip an enjoyable one by throwing together a gas gift card, fun CD, snacks, and games. We’re looking for 5 baskets.
- Big Splash: The kids love the water! Help them be sun smart by packing a basket with sunscreen, beach towels, gift cards for sunshirts and swim shoes (so staff can buy the correct sizes), and water toys. We’re looking for 5 baskets.
With over 100 years experience in the field of child welfare, Intermountain has developed a reputation for innovation and dedicated staff. We remain committed to providing an array of services for children and families who face challenges associated with emotional disorders and complex trauma.