Homeless In Need of Donations - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Homeless In Need of Donations

Posted: Updated:
BOZEMAN -

The temperatures are quickly changing and the homeless population is struggling to stay warm.

Thomas Weaver said the biggest challenge about being homeless is staying warm. He has been homeless for about a year now after losing his job in Portland, Oregon. He said he depends on the community and shelters to stay warm.

"They help us out tremendously," said Weaver. "We totally count on and depend on through the community."

The Homeless Outreach Program in the Gallatin Valley is asking for donations to give to people, like Thomas. Some of the items that helps Weaver get through the winter months are sleeping bags, blankets, shoes and warm clothing.

"These are things people are using every day," said Jen Collins, Homeless Outreach Peer Support Specialist. "They are things we don't even think that we take for granted. They are things people need when they have to stay out here."

Homeless Outreach Peer Support Specialist, Jen Collins said the number of people using the Open Arms Drop-In Center is increasing every year.

"Every winter we see at least a 50% increase of people coming by to dry their clothes, dry their sleeping bags or dry their tents," said Collins.

Weaver said it makes him feel good knowing the community cares about him.

"It makes us feel wonderful and great. We feel loved knowing our community loves us as homeless people," said Weaver.

He hopes the community will come forward and help provide those essential items he needs to survive the winter.

"We just hope that everyone can be patience and help out," said Weaver.

To donate, email Jen Collins at jcollins@wmmch.org.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Thousands to march against NY chokehold death

    Thousands to march against NY chokehold death

    Saturday, August 23 2014 2:04 AM EDT2014-08-23 06:04:54 GMT
    Organizers expect up to 5,000 people to attend a march protesting the death of an unarmed black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a white New York police officer.
    Thousands of marchers are expected to protest the death of an unarmed black man who was placed in a chokehold by a white New York police officer.
  • Police officer accused of sex assaults on patrol

    Police officer accused of sex assaults on patrol

    Saturday, August 23 2014 1:45 AM EDT2014-08-23 05:45:09 GMT
    An Oklahoma City police officer arrested on charges of serial sexual assault preyed on women in the rundown neighborhoods he was assigned to patrol - picking some up off the street, pulling others over at traffic...
    An Oklahoma City police officer arrested on charges of serial sexual assault preyed on women in the rundown neighborhoods he was assigned to patrol - picking some up off the street, pulling others over at traffic stops and...
  • Officer charged in hot-car death of police dog

    Officer charged in hot-car death of police dog

    Saturday, August 23 2014 1:35 AM EDT2014-08-23 05:35:11 GMT
    A Wyoming police officer has pleaded not guilty to an animal cruelty charge that alleges a police dog died after he left it in a hot patrol car for several hours.
    A Wyoming police officer has pleaded not guilty to an animal-cruelty charge that alleges a police dog died after he left it in a hot patrol car for several hours.
  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Seven Arrested in Kalispell Sex Sting

    Seven Arrested in Kalispell Sex Sting

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:10 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:10:39 GMT
    A four-day online sex sting ends with the arrest of seven Flathead men for sexual abuse of children, and more arrests are pending.
    A four-day online sex sting ends with the arrest of seven Flathead men for sexual abuse of children, and more arrests are pending.
  • Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:03:47 GMT
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
  • PHOTOS: Harvest 2014

    PHOTOS: Harvest 2014

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:50:16 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - One of the great parts about living in Spokane, is if you head out of town in any direction, you're going to run into some beautiful farm land. I grew up south of Spokane, near Plaza, and one of my favorite things to do was to sit on the porch at night and stare south towards Rosalia at all of the rolling hills of wheat, lentils, barley and peas. 
    SPOKANE, Wash. - One of the great parts about living in Spokane, is if you head out of town in any direction, you're going to run into some beautiful farm land. I grew up south of Spokane, near Plaza, and one of my favorite things to do was to sit on the porch at night and stare south towards Rosalia at all of the rolling hills of wheat, lentils, barley and peas. 
  • Sheriff Deputy Dunn Memorial

    Sheriff Deputy Dunn Memorial

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:43 PM EDT2014-08-22 00:43:09 GMT
    Full coverage from the memorial of Deputy Joe Dunn.

    Full coverage from the memorial of Deputy Joe Dunn.


  • PHOTOS: Flash flooding & mudslides trap people in Okanogan County

    PHOTOS: Flash flooding & mudslides trap people in Okanogan County

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-08-23 01:12:14 GMT
    OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash.- Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers tells KHQ that as of 5:00pm Friday evening, Highway 20 is back open and no homes are threaten after numerous mudslides washed out roads and stranded drivers Thursday night and Friday morning. 
    OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash.- Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers tells KHQ that as of 5:00pm Friday evening, Highway 20 is back open and no homes are threaten after numerous mudslides washed out roads and stranded drivers Thursday night and Friday morning. 
  • One Dead In Crash North Of Whitefish

    One Dead In Crash North Of Whitefish

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:11:40 GMT
    Glacier National ParkGlacier National Park
    A 23-year-old woman is dead and two other people are in serious condition following a crash on Highway 93 north of Whitefish that snarled traffic for over two hours.
    A 23-year-old woman is dead and two other people are in serious condition following a crash on Highway 93 north of Whitefish that snarled traffic for over two hours.
  • Pipe Bomb Suspect Not Facing Criminal Charges

    Pipe Bomb Suspect Not Facing Criminal Charges

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:34:39 GMT
    Court CoverageCourt Coverage
    The man arrested after police found a pipe bomb in a Missoula home no longer faces criminal charges.
    The man arrested after police found a pipe bomb in a Missoula home no longer faces criminal charges.
  • Suspect Charged with Homicide in Deputy's Death

    Suspect Charged with Homicide in Deputy's Death

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:42 PM EDT2014-08-22 00:42:23 GMT
    The man suspected of hitting and killing a Cascade County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Dunn is now charged with deliberate homicide in Dunn's death.
    The man suspected of hitting and killing a Cascade County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Dunn is now charged with deliberate homicide in Dunn's death.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.