Matthew 28:16-20 (NIV)
The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
To reflect the love of Jesus Christ, by providing emergency, temporary, and rehabilitative care for those experiencing hunger and homelessness.
Montana Rescue Mission (MRM) began in 1948 and was incorporated in 1957 to serve the homeless population in Billings, MT and the surrounding area. Our core values are to treat all people with dignity, compassion, and respect. Our programs and services are designed to help end the cyclical nature of homelessness. We are addressing causes, such as addictions, generational poverty, lack of education, poor budgeting skills, diminished mental or physical capacity, and others as well as serving those who are struggling to overcome these barriers one person at a time.
Two out of three individuals leave our care to positive, stable housing. In 2017, MRM provided the hungry in our community with 83,971 meals. In addition, we provided 26,509 nights of shelter for 2,171 individuals. Trends show that those numbers will be even higher in 2018. We operate both a Men’s Shelter and a Women and Families’ Shelter. Our approach to service is three-fold:
- Rescue – We provide food, shelter, clothing, education, and counseling to individuals to address mental, physical, and spiritual needs.
- Recovery – We offer Instruction and referrals in life-skills programs – parenting, conflict resolution, anger management, spiritual development, education, computer skills, addiction recovery, resume’ preparation, and GED certification.
- Restoration – We deliver competencies through outcomes that provide our guests with a steady source of income, safe and stable housing, a realistic budget, engagement in a community-based support system such as a church family, and maintenance for their physical and mental health needs.
We are striving to bring healing to our guests. Through our services, we meet every individual with programs and relationships that demonstrate love and compassion and help them receive healing. But, we need your help to do our work! This is not something that we can do on our own, but takes the entire community, working together, to make a difference.
Our Core ValuesWe Are Committed To Excellence
Because everything we do should bring honor and glory to God. Our Programs, Policies And Facilities Will Show People We Care
Because God cares deeply about the poor, the homeless, and the oppressed; so do we.We Treat People With Dignity, Respect And Compassion
Because God loves us.All Of Our Services And Programs Address Spiritual As Well As Physical Needs
Because the foundation of genuine, long-term change is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.We Value And Encourage Innovation, Prudent Risk-Taking And Biblical Stewardship
Because we will have to grow to minister to a changing world.We Will Be A Bridge From The Street To The Community And The Local Church
Because we are an integral part of our community, our programs and services meet real needs.
In 2019 We provided...
Financial Accountability & Transparency
Montana Rescue Mission is firmly committed to being a good steward of funds entrusted to us by our donors. We promise to use your gifts wisely and effectively in Christ’s name.
To ensure our financial accountability to you, our donor, we are a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).
ECFA is an accreditation agency dedicated to helping Christian ministries earn the public’s trust through adherence to Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™, which focus on board governance, financial transparency, integrity in fundraising, and proper use of charity resources. Montana Rescue Mission
AGRM exists to proclaim the passion of Jesus toward the hungry, homeless, abused, and addicted; and to accelerate quality and effectiveness in member missions. The association’s role is also to connect its members with cost-saving programs to ensure the continual movement of their ministries to higher levels of professionalism and to achieve greater outcomes
We want to thank and acknowledge those organizations in Billings who join us in fighting for the lives of those less fortunate. We'd also like to thank organizations who donate food to us including Costco, IGA, Acosta Foods, and Lucky's. We couldn't do it without you!
See Our List of Partners
In response to God’s prompting and through the vision of a group of Christian men, Montana Rescue Mission (MRM) was opened in the late 1940’s as a beacon of hope for the homeless in our area.
- 1949 began serving holiday meals
- Organized in 1955 as Christ’s Rescue Mission
- Incorporated in 1957 as a 501(c) (3) tax exempt non-profit and the name changed to Montana Rescue Mission
- Located at different locations during the 1950’s and 1960’s
- In the late 1960’s, MRM moved to North 26th Street.
- In the late 1970’s, MRM moved to 2822 Minnesota Avenue.
- In 1985, the first Bargain Center was opened to provide financial support to the Shelters. The store is currently located at 1233 24th Street West.
- In 1991, MRM opened the Shelter for Women & Families located in the former Lincoln Hotel at 2520 1st Avenue North.
While the size and complexity of MRM has grown over the last 60 years, at its heart is the love and compassion of God demonstrated through service to others. We are the Gospel lived out!
Come Take a Tour
One of the best ways to understand how we serve, who we serve, and where we serve is to take a tour of the Montana Rescue Mission (MRM) facilities.
These tours are an eye-opening experience for people who are interested in knowing more about what we do to help our community. The comment we hear the most is, “Wow, I had no idea MRM was doing so much.” If you are interested in taking a tour, complete the form and we will contact you with further information:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Are you ever full?
No. We will make room for everyone.
How long can someone stay at MRM?
Length of stay is dependent on the behavior and need of each individual guest and is handled on a case by case basis.
Do you have to attend chapel services to stay at MRM?
No, every guest is invited to attend our non-denominational service, but it is not a requirement.
Do you have to be Christian to stay at MRM?
No, all are welcome here.
Can an inebriated individual stay at the MRM?
No, we are sober living facility and recovery center.
Does MRM help people with drug and alcohol rehabilitation?
Yes, we do provide rehabilitation services. Dependent upon the guests needs, we may also refer them to other agencies.
Do you have to stay at MRM to eat a meal?
No, the community dining room, located in the Men’s Shelter, is open to the public for lunch and dinner. In order to protect our guests, the Women and Children’s dining room is closed to the public.
Does MRM help people find jobs?
We work with local agencies, including the Job Service, to assist our guests in finding employment.
How is MRM funded?
MRM is exclusively funded through private donations. Each year individuals and organizations from Billings and surrounding communities give their time and financial resources to keep our ministries thriving.
How do MRM’s Bargain Centers fit into the ministry?
The Bargain Centers are an additional source of income for MRM. 100% of the net income from the Bargain Centers goes to the funding of the local shelters.
How can I help out at MRM?
If you are interested in partnering with us, either financially or with your time, we would love to show you around and share our vision with you! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.