Project Milestones

Timeline

  • October 2018: Conversations and Research Begin, Meetings, Networking Among Community

  • January 2019: Entity Formed, 7-Member Board of Directors Created from a a broad base of expertise and community affiliations with experience in sober/transitional living, addictions counseling, social work, grant-writing and non-profit administration, accounting, real estate, and public health administration.

  • January 2019: Began attending BSB Substance Abuse Task Force meetings

  • March 2019: 501(c)3 Application Approved by the IRS

  • March 2019: Prospective Facility Identified: Action Inc. Building

  • April 2019: Began developing partnerships with other related service providers in town, including the Butte Rescue Mission, CCCS Inc, AA/NA and Montana Chemical Dependency Center.

  • July 2019: Grant Applications completed the Gianforte Foundation, Town Pump Foundation, Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, and Montana Healthcare Foundation

  • July 2019: $15,000 Grant received from Montana Healthcare Foundation to pursue State of MT DPHHS Substance Use Disorder provider endorsement; develop revenue model; business plan.

  • August 2019: Began working with Aune Associates Consulting to pursue MT state endorsement as a Substance Use Disorder provider.

  • August 2019: Entered a Buy-Sell Agreement on a 7-Bedroom house with a closing date of November 1st.

  • September 2019: $15,000 grant from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to support participation of low income individuals and pay salary for the Residential Manager

  • September 2019: Withdrew from contract to purchase house due to inability to adequately respond to neighborhood backlash and the spread of misinformation

  • October 2019: Submitted a proposal for a partnership to CCCS Inc. Board of Directors, outlining a plan for sharing resources and asking their organization to provide treatment services to residents in the SPIRIT Home through the SMART Program

  • November 2019: Began crafting a job description for a full time Residence Manager to live in the home

  • December 2019: Discussed options for building a home with a local developer and an architect, as there would potentially be less backlash from neighbors if we built on an empty lot

  • February 2020: Continued to search for appropriate home in Butte to site the SPIRIT Home

  • March 2020: Posted job description for Residence Manager online

  • April 2020: Began interviewing potential candidates for the Residence Manager position

  • May 2020: Hired Demetrius Fassas to serve as the part-time Executive Director

  • June 2020: Purchased Home at 609 West Galena, in Butte, MT

  • July 2020: Received $1,000 grant from the Anaconda Community Foundation to assist in paying for home improvements

  • August 2020: Home improvement projects and outfitting with furnishings and fixtures to suit the needs of the Recovery Home

  • September 2020: Received $15,000 grant from the Gianforte  Foundation to assist in paying for home improvements

  • September 2020: Submitted complete application to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, for licensing as an ASAM Level 3.1 Recovery Home

  • October 2020: Received $2,300 grant from the Western Service Area Authority to support participation of low income individuals

  • October 2020: Began accepting applications and referrals for residents


Funding Procured to Date- $271,830

  • $15,000 grant from the Montana Healthcare Foundation
  • $15,000 grant from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation
  • $15,000 grant from the Gianforte  Foundation
  • $2,300 grant from the Western Service Area Authority
  • $1,000 grant from the Anaconda Community Foundation
  • $2,900 from Butte businesses
  • $220,630 from Board Members and private donors