Dear Butte SPIRIT Supporters and Partners,
It is with great joy that we write this update on the progress of the Butte SPIRIT Home. Since our last update in June after acquiring the house, we have hit the following milestones:
1) Furnished the home and made upgrades and repairs inside and out.
A big thank you to the Butte Furniture Bank who provided over half of the furniture. Another big thank you to the many community members who donated items. The home is now fully furnished for up to eight men, including the live-in Assistant Manager.
A big thank you to the dozen or so volunteers who helped with painting, landscaping, furniture moving, and repairs. Thanks to all of your hard work, we have transformed the house from a college rental house to one of the most attractive homes in the neighborhood. You can see a before and after picture of the outside below, as well as some pictures of the interior currently.
A big thank you to McLeod Realtors for helping us site the home (which wasn’t easy) and negotiating for a good price on our behalf.
2) Raised $10,000 on matching grant campaign ($20K Total!)
A big thank you to the dozens of people who donated through Facebook, our website or by check under this matching grant. We were skeptical if we could raise the full $10,000, but with your help we did it in just a little over two months. This was really inspiring.
3) Received a $15,000 grant from the Gianforte Family Foundation and replaced the roof
This was the single biggest expense and upgrade that the home needed. A big thank you to the Gianforte Family Foundation for supporting our project and taking on this expense. A big thank you to Over the Top Roofing for getting us on your schedule during a busy time.
4) Hired our Residence Manager and Assistant Residence Manager
After much searching and many interviews, we have hired our Residence Manager and Assistant Residence Manager, both of whom will be going on the payroll over the next week. We couldn’t be more excited about both of these hires, and they both bring an incredible amount of passion and experience to the project. A big thank you to both Joe and Jim for joining our team.
5) Received our provisional license from the State Department of Health and Human Services as an ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) 3.1 level Recovery Home.
A big thank you to Aune Associates Consulting for helping us navigate this process.
6) Finalized our partnership with CCCS Inc. and the SMART (Southwest Montana Addiction Recovery and Treatment) Program.
A big thank you to CCCS Inc and SMART. They have agreed to help subsidize our staffing costs for the first year and to provide treatment services for the residents. Without them, the home as it exists (well-staffed and state-licensed) would not be possible.
7) Received a $40,000 grant from the Montana Mental Health Trust
A big thank you to the Montana Mental Health Trust for deciding to support our project. We just learned about this last week and it is a huge boost for us. This will cover our Program Director and Assistant Manager for the coming year. Thanks to this grant and others from the Washington Foundation, Gianforte Foundation, Montana Healthcare Foundation, Anaconda Community Foundation, and Western Service Area Authority as well as donations from now over 100 individuals and businesses, we are able to start this home debt-free and on firm financial footing. This allows us to focus our energies on creating an environment that is safe and nourishing and provides access to support and services that will maximize the chances of success for our residents.
Lastly, a big thank you to our board of directors and to everyone who has donated time, money, items, kind words, letters of support, collaboration, or otherwise helped support the project in any way. This would not have been possible without so much help from so many people. It feels great to be able to send out this much thankfulness on the week of Thanksgiving.
We will be hosting an open house Tuesday December 1st from 4-6 pm. During this time, the neighbors, donors, and partners are welcome to come tour the house and meet our managers. Due to COVID, we will not be serving any food or beverages, will require masks and will limit the number of people in the home at any given time. Please message us if you plan to come and your arrival time and we will coordinate from there.
Thank you again and wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season.
Sean Wisner & Demetrius Fassas
Butte SPIRIT Co-Founders ... See more